I climbed 1M feet in 2015 and 2016. For 2016 I wanted to repeat 1M feet but in fewer miles so steeper climbing and less “junk miles” 8,412 miles. The first year I attempted 1M on my first riding day of 2014 I fell and broke my right femur I was off the bike for four months. There are a series of posts about that ordeal in this blog. 2017 my business kept me too busy to go for a three peat of 2015, 2016 and 2017.
I was looking at my climbing data this morning and did a little math. This is what I came up with
To climb a 1M feet in one calendar year you need to climb 2,740 feet per day for 365 days
May 17 – 137th day of the year
137 days x 2,740 feet = 375,380 feet Should have as of May 17
Actual feet thus far 264,380 feet
375,380 – 264,380 = 111,000 feet behind goal pace
I was off the bike for six weeks from mid February until the first week in April. I had Influenza B, pneumonia and then strep throat and sores all inside my mouth. It was awful and I will make a separate series of post about “the flu from hell”. Anyway, I lost a lot of climbing time. I didn’t set out this year targeting 1M feet but now I’m wondering if I can make up the ground I lost and maybe pull it out by year’s end as part of a comeback success story- a feel good story with a happy ending like Disney.
I mean my stats aren’t bad for what I have done this year they are just behind the pace. Let’s take a quick look at how the numbers breakdown.
2,877 miles for the year in 69 rides = 41.6 miles average per ride
269,134 feet divided by 69 rides = 3,900 feet of gain per ride
269,134 divided by total miles 2,877 = 93.5 feet per mile
200 hours divided by the number of rides 69 = 2.8 hours per ride
Let’s just see how the next couple of months go and then I’ll make a determination to go for it or not.
You can follow my progress on Strava. Whether I end up with 1,000,000 feet of climbing this year or not I am going to ramp up my climbing and it should be interesting for you to watch.
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Next up – Heartbreak Double Century 5/19/18 – 200 miles approximately 17,000 feet of climbing.