A month on a bike.

In my first full month of cycling for decades I rode 622.1 miles, spent 41hr 7m in the saddle and climbed a total of 21,286ft. Set my longest single ride which was 62.3 miles and the most in a week was 155.6 miles. Have to admit I would have been shaking my head 6 weeks ago had I been told I would have done this.

A pain developed 3 rides ago on the outside of my left knee. After looking around a lot of sites I’ve moved the cleat position on the shoe and raised and moved the seat back a smidge. A ride tomorrow (with the multitool handy) will tell me if I have made errors or improvements.

Things I have learned:

    that I still hate the wind
    that car drivers cannot be trusted at all
    that riding with others is really enjoyable
    that riding alone gives valuable time for thinking
    that the warm glow of tiredness after a ride when I push is a wonderful feeling
    that the numbers on the Garmin and on Strava are motivating me
    that I look good in lycra 🙂


    Riding over 100 miles a week for 4 weeks.
    Riding 1000km in the month

Goals set:

    Continue to ride 100 miles each week
    Ride 1250km in September (The Extender challenge at Strava). I have a week off where I might, just might, be able to put the miles in to hit that target. It’s 777 miles though which will be tough – for me at least.
    Ride the 100 mile Leicester Circle Audax on the 22nd

This ‘accidentally getting fit while sitting down a lot” is fun. Like it a lot.

One thought on “A month on a bike.

  1. Great to hear you’ve gotten into cycling. I’ve been riding since the 70’s and still ride regularly with the same bunch of now old guys. All the things you mention in your “things you’ve learned” list is true.

    Hey ride safe most of all!

    Carl in SF

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