With the first quarter of the year behind us I thought I'd do a little status report.
So far this year, I've been commuting by bike every single day. Monday-Friday - wether it's snowing, raining or sunny - it doesn't matter, I just ride. In other words: 57-65km per day 5 days a week.
I haven't missed a single day of work and I've never been in better shape in my entire life. It feels great. I love the workout, I love meeting other riders, a lot of them fellow commuters. Ditching the car in favour of my bike has worked out great for me. I feel better, I'm more awake when I get into work and I feel like I can actually concentrate better and for longer periods at a time.
I spend a lot less money on stuff like fuel/maintenance so I have more money to spend on fun stuff. Like a new bike, which I really hope arrives soon™ (It's almost been six weeks since I ordered it. Aaaaargh...).
I've had a slight cold during the first week of march following my insane 244km ride into the snowy hills of the Sauerland but that passed quickly. I attribute that to my fitness. In the past a slight cold often lead to worse but not this time.
I started the year with the intention to gain weight since I'm underweight (always have been) and so far I've gained almost 3kg since the start of the year. Not much on the first look but considering how much I ride it's actually quite a lot and although I haven't gained much in the last weeks compared to the two months before, I hope to add a few more kilos before the end of the next quarter. I just need to keep eating.
Now, let's get to some numbers:
- Distance: 4685km
- Time: 190h 36min
- Average Speed: ~24.6km/h
- Elevation Gain: roughly 14000m, the Garmin isn't super precise.
- Rides: 153
- Longest Ride: 244km
Over the last month I rode, on average:
- 12 rides/week
- 14h 25min/week
- ~25.4km/h average speed
- Longest Ride: 109.4km
I really miss DCS though. There just isn't enough time. However, that's not due to the fact that I spend up to 2:30h in the saddle every day, but rather that I have a lot more stuff going on outside of work which cuts into my free time and I've decided that riding my bike is more important than DCS.
That being said, May is approaching fast and that means public holidays - lot's of them. I'll definitely find some time to play again!
PS: wear a helmet!
See that crack? Doesn't look like much but this helmet saved me from a pretty bad head injury, if not worse.