2014 Summary: 1927 miles, mainly riding at work and 2473 on my “weekend” club bike = 4,400 miles
Well, 2014 was an interesting year for cycling…
I started off strong in Jan and early Feb, carrying over much of my fitness into the new year. Things were looking up! however in mid Feb I injured my right ankle rather severely when I failed to stick a landing after jumping over a bonfire.
Suffice it to say with crutches, a brace, and a short hospital stay I was off the bike from Feb 23 – April 16. I went from strong fitness to barely able to turn a pedal on that first 6 mile ride on April 16th. The cycling muscle in the legs had vanished.
I poured on the cycling in April and May and on May 31- Jun 1st I did my first ever back to back century, 200 miles over 36 hours, and I did it in good style.
I rode a lot throughout the summer and on Aug 6th, attained one of my 2014 goals by riding the Sperryville Climbing loop in good style.
On Aug 31, Steve served a wake up call and crashed hard on a ride. Luckily I was not hurt…lol
On Sep 28th I completed the Cannon Ball Century in the fastest time in my life, 5 hours 18 minutes moving time and about 6 hours total.
Then on Nov 6th I crashed hard on my right side and as of Dec, still have the lingering issues with my right knee that took the brunt of the impact.
The good news? I met most of my goals even with two injuries.
My 2014 goals were:
– Exceed 4000 miles for the year… Done! even with the injuries I have logged 4400 in 2014
– Ride the climbing Sperryville Loop twice next summer – Done (once)
– Ride a 150 mile day – Did not meet this goal this year, but did do back to back 100 mile days.
– Peak in June for cycling fitness, then again in August; sustain fitness through to Dec 14 – Done! Even with the injuries I am carrying fitness and weight loss into 2015
My 2015 Goals
– Ride 5000 miles for the year
– Ride the climbing Sperryville Loop
– Ride a 150 mile day
– Ride back to back centuries again
– Peak in April for the first time
– Lose another 10 pounds in weight, increase fitness, stay injury free