And what a year it’s been. 2015 has been one of those years I would sooner forget! One month with a flu I couldn’t seem to get rid of, 2 and a bit bike failures, and a seemingly conspiritorial number of things getting in the way of cycling. But inspite of all the things that worked against the cycling this year, I still broke a few personal records and reached (and exceeded) a major goal (6000km for the year).
Here are the stats for the year, courtesy of Strava:
|Distance||6,172.2 km (5033km last year)|
|Elev Gain||21,050 m (19203m last year)|
|Rides||249 (149 last year)|
Some interesting extra stats can be worked out from the data above.
- Average speed over the year: 20.1kph.
- Average distance per ride: 24.7km (average since joining Strava 28.42km).
- Elevation gain over the year is 9.44 times the height above sea level of Australia’s highest mountain (Mt Kosciuszko, 2228m).
This year saw some very different rides to what I am used to doing. The climb from Eurobin Creek to Mount Buffalo Chalet (see blog entry for Nov 4th, 2015) would have to be the highlight of the whole year. But there were other different rides in different places which helped keep me interested.
For most of July and the first week of August I did almost no cycling at all, but tried to keep fit by running in very boring straight or almost straight lines on the roads near our home. I say ‘tried to keep fit’ because I’m still not overly convinced it actually kept me very fit as when I finally did get back on the bike I was really struggling to get any reasonable distance rides logged. Although that could have been something to do with the flu I had. Here are the running statistics for the whole of 2015:
|Elev Gain||280 m|
So what will happen next year?
There is only One who knows that.
But with the recent plague of bike failures I am seriously wondering whether cycling is worth continuing with as my major fitness maintainer. The first bike to fail was the 26″ Foldable bike in early November. While riding around Mountain Creek near Mt Bogong a big stick got jammed in the derailer and caused part of the rear cable mechanism to fail, and then a month after I got it repaired the rear derailer failed spectacularly. So I spent a fair bit of spare time over December transferring various parts from the 26″ to the $20 Mountain Bike (which I purchased in February while in Geelong). And the mountain bike seemed to be turning into a reasonable bike with the parts I transferred to it from the 26″ Foldable bike, but then tonight on my last ride for 2015 the pedal shaft developed a nasty sounding screech and I could feel some building resistance in the pedal assembly. At one point about 5km from the end of the ride the whole pedal shaft seemed to seize up, but I managed to free it up a bit and pedalled gently the rest of the way home. I am hoping it just needs some grease on the bearing. I can’t afford a decent bike at this point in time, and the only bike that is currently functioning properly is the 20″ K-Rock foldable bike – a nice bike to ride to be sure (I call it the Morris Mini of the cycling world) and I have clocked up more than 600km on it since acquiring it from my father-in-law in May, but as I can’t really attach a water bottle to it I can’t really venture far from home on it especially during summer.
I have committed myself to maintaining fitness and being healthy in 2016. But how that is going to happen will remaing to be seen…