One of the things I have learned over this past year of “Racking Up” posts is that each month is its own month. And the miles you ride may or may NOT have anything to do with the month before. Schedules, weather, work and many other things can affect how often you get on the bike.
So far 2014 has been a strange year. January seemed to drag on FOREVER! It was one LONG month. This, plus the fact I was able to crank out long rides early and late in the month meant I was WAY over my head, 349 miles! I was seeing record miles every month this year.
Ok, reality hit in February. Schedules just did not allow weekend rides. It was the first month I can remember in a long time that I didn’t get out on more than one weekend day. Since these are the longest rides I take, that will put a kibosh on things. Then add to it, SNOW!! Yep, more than once this month the white stuff came down, as did heavy rain and wind! We found out today that, in the mountains, this was the 2nd snowiest month in 50 years!
We no longer have any worries about water shortages this summer.
However, I will NOT say that I was a bump on a log either… The cycle commuting was continued. Rain or shine, butt cold or warm enough for shorts, I was in the saddle riding home as much as I could.
But then I was assigned to train someone in the office 5 miles from our house. During the absolute wettest week of the year so far. A smart man woulda driven. I, of course, went to plan B. 5 miles to and from the house equals 10 miles a day. 4 days that week, 40 miles! Add to it hellacious headwinds and one incredilby steep hill and it was a tough 10 miles!
The positives of the month? Well, this last week, thanks to the Chilly Hilly and getting to ride home from my office 4 days this week (17 miles!) I put together the first 100+ mile week of the year! (OK, it was only 105 miles but still!) Soon there will be 100 mile days, but you can’t work up to those unless you do the 100 mile weeks! The ride home tonight, day 5 in a row in the saddle, the legs felt strong.
Added all together, our intrepid hero put together 234 miles. 24 less than this month last year (one more weekend OR the normal commute that week woulda matched it) and a lot less than last month. But I feel good! Add to it they were ALL outside miles, no rollers at all!
I am in good shape for March, with the 50 mile McClinchy ride half way through. Plus March 9th Daylight Savings starts, which means I can lengthen the ride home from time to time! Michelle has even started me thinking about a Century ride in April….
So, no complaints, no whining, I am feeling pretty damn good about it! Thanks for coming along for the rides!