Yes .. I know that we are only 3 weeks into the new year, but its damn cold out there, it might make it to 30 on Sunday ... I sure hope so, I'll need the ride by then.
I made it out for a ride yesterday in the crazy-warm-for-January 61 degree weather ... it was still a bit wet from all the melting snow, but it was a grate day for a ride. There were several other folks out walking and riding. I also saw a Woolly Bear who apparently was also fooled by the springlike weather. I really should have stopped to snap a picture. I pushed myself a bit, taking a course with some extra climbs ... I really need to work on my climbs, they still take a lot out of me.
OK .. I'm very clearly suffering from a bit of the winter blues ... no rides so far this week. I've also been playing around with my home automation stuff a bit this week trying out some new gear and working through some issues. Now that those issues are resolved and there is supposed to be some crazy unseasonably warm weather tomorrow, I'm looking forward to a nice ride (Seriously, 65 in January in Northern Ohio! WOW! I have to get out there tomorrow.)
I also started thinking about the work commutes and remembered something my daughter was giving me crap about last year. "You ride all the way to work without even a pump?!?!". Well look at me now ...
I snagged a Topeak seat bag / tool kit combo and added in a Co2 inflator and a tube. I went back and forth a bit between Co2 and a pump, but ultimately decided that for a commute, I'd want to be done with the repairs as soon as possible and back on my way to work or home, the same reasoning applies to the addition of a tube. The kit comes with some self stick patches, they look crappy and useless in their packaging, but they are still there as a backup, hopefully I never need any of this stuff. All told I spent $65, I splurged a little on both the bag and the inflator. I liked that the bag was basically quick release detachable and the inflator had an actual valve on it for some better air control instead of all or nothing like most others on the display.
I was able to get in a quick ride today finally and had a chance to experiment with some ride tracking software. Most of last year I used MapMyRide. I used Noom earlier in the year to help me shed a few extra pounds, but once I was out of my BMI danger zone and able to maintain a weight in that range (or continue gradually down) I stopped using Noom and switched to MapMyRide. I picked MMR becasue it looked decent, I had some experience with it verifying distances or planning rides using the online mapping tool and it Supported Earndit.com (which I had just stumbled across). Since then I picked up endomondo pro at a discount and really like it, but never really used it as my main tracker for a few of reasons ...
So .. down to my requirements for a tracking app and my experiment, first the requirements ...
What's the experiment part you ask then? On my ride today I ran MapMyRide, Endomondo and MyTracks all at the same time. I plan to run all 3 for every ride for a while and do a comparison, I also plan on taking a closer look at Exportomondo and might consider importing data from one or all of these to other services like Strava for some insight on them as well.
More to Come!
I've done a bit of searching to see what an average rider might ride in a years time as a point of comparison before I really set a goal for this year, I've run across a few interesting stories. I'm clearly no Freddie Hoffman, its been a cold first week of the year here and I Haven't been out once yet, the liked article (a couple of years old now) states that Freddie "... is down to 35,000 to 38,000 miles per year" .. that's 100 miles or more per day, every day, pretty impressive. Then there is Tommy Godwin, who in 1939 rode over 75,000 miles, more than 200 miles per day.
There will always be folks hat ride more than me, that is for sure, but after take a look at what other folks are discussing for mileage in some bike forums and ding a review of my planned work commute that I'll be starting when there is more sunlight, I think I'm going to shoot for 3000 miles in 2013.
Now I really need your good wishes
I rode 1340 miles last year, only about 25 miles per week. If you consider that I did not ride through the winter last year and really only rode from March through December, its about 33 miles per week. Not really a lot of miles compared to most riders I would guess.
I hope and expect to more than double that distance in 2013. My commute to work is 16 miles each way, if I manage to do that 2 times per week, that's already (nearly) double, I'm shooting for 3 times per week.
Wish me Luck!