Alrighty, here we go. Long post, lot’s of graphs and stats but also some nice pictures.
Bikecommuting, January 2017 - In Numbers
After struggling with a cold throughout December and basically no activities between Christmas and Dec 31. I got my first ride in during the evening hours of a very windy Jan 1st, pushing myself hard into the red for just over an hour (that heart rate ):
The next morning everything was white and I started my month of commuting carefully and slowly. 20km/h average for my 28.5km
Weather during the first week was a mixed bag of cold rain and snow, always around ±3°C which kept my enthusiasm down a bit. However, at the end of the week I finally got rid of that bloody cold!
The start of the second week was more of the same but favourable winds led to my fastest commute of January with an average speed of 26.6km/h and 5 PRs on Strava:
After a recovery ride on Saturday I ended the second week with a total distance of 347km in 14h 41m
The third week is where it gets interesting as I felt some real improvements in my fitness and decided to include a little detour up a mine dump on my way home every other day.
End of Week stats:
347.5km in 14h 23m
Week four was witness to this amazing sunset:
The sun already stays up noticeably longer and I was feeling better by the day.
I improved my time up that 1km climb with each attempt (well, almost).
Current PR: 4:06min for 1.2km at 5% average gradient.
I finished the week with two short rides on Sunday that brought the weeks total up to 348.9km taking a time of 14h 11m and giving me the opportunity to snap this panorama of the river Ruhr:
Finally, on the last day of January there was almost no wind and without really trying, it became the fastest day of January overall with an average speed of 26,2km/h for the two rides combined.