Total Rides: 278
Total Distance (mile): 8,612
100 Mile Rides (solo): 6
80 Mile Rides: 15
Miles per Month Avg.: 712
Total Time (hours): 466
Rides over 4 hours: 27
Rides over 4 hours pedaling: 25
Hours per Month Avg.: 38
TSS per Month Avg.: 2140
Total Kilojoules: 213,426
Data from WKO+4 iLevels TIZ Season Review Chart (although to be clear I do not race or compete)
In reflection of the 2016 I can say that I really enjoyed this season of many miles cycled mostly solo and with a few special group rides. I knew from the start of the season it was going to be tough to focus in training with hope of improved fitness because of starting with a new company and trying to prove myself in that environment was going to be stressful and it was. I was at my peak fitness level during the winter months with a lower work stress and cooler indoor training temperatures. The summer of 2016 was probably one of the hottest and driest that I can remember in many years. That made training inside and outside a lot tougher so I dialed back the intensity a bit and enjoyed the miles. Plus I really did not have any goal events or big rides on schedule that needed special or specific type training.
Between training legs at the gym and building a paver patio with a retaining wall with 80 pound blocks it took a bit more out of me on many of the weeks. Lifting of course has been my passion for many years and the patio project was a nice distraction that may add something to our property value and enjoyment around the house. At the age of 53 I was just happy to see I could do some decent physical labor digging by hand and hauling many tons of material and still have some decent strength. Training at the gym probably went better than the cycling training.
Work stress increased going in the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and as work stress increased I started missing more cycling training due to working longer days. I also thought it best to dial it back a bit because I felt the work stress and training stress was raising my risk to illness. Unfortunately I currently have an upper respiratory illness and I am on my 8th day of taking it easy while my body tries to recover. I have done some light spinning, but once I get through this illness and start 2017 I will be starting all over again.
For 2017 I will continue to focus on sustained steady power output (TTE) over 4 to 5 hour efforts. So if all goes okay my 2017 season may look a lot like 2016 and I would be pretty happy if it is a repeat. Just to be out on a sunny backroad of Georgia spinning some miles at a brisk pace is pretty sweet deal.
Training Application by: PerfPro
Training Power Meter by: Quarq Riken, Quarq Elsa, PowerTap G3
Training Indoor Equipment by: Kickr Gen1, E-Motion Rollers
Bikes: LOOK 585, Felt B10, Cannondale Six13