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Poll: February Miles(47 posts)

Poll: February MilesMB1
Mar 11, 2003 8:17 AM
It is snowing this morning, great....

After all the snowfall and other assorted bad weather I only got in 1005 miles in February and we rode just 5 centuries.

How was your February? Someone here must have had a good month. Tell all!
only 752, I was sick last week :)lonefrontranger
Mar 11, 2003 8:28 AM
Our weather went in the crapper for about 10 days, too. Now it's just windy as heck. I did six hours on Saturday and I think it blew what little brains I had left out through my ears.
a bad month for you would be a record for metarwheel
Mar 11, 2003 8:33 AM
I normally average about 600 miles/month, but January and February were a real struggle this year. I managed to eke out 367 miles in January and 434 miles in February, but March is starting out strong -- 230 miles in first nine days. No centuries to date, but three rides over 50 miles. The only good thing about this winter is my legs are feeling better rested than ever. Now that the weather is improving, the big problem here is potholes. It's hard to see them riding in pacelines, and some of the holes I've seen could swallow you up.
like anyone will reply to this....funknuggets
Mar 11, 2003 8:36 AM
Fantastic job, MB1. You are the example that weather should never be an excuse. However, it is my sole excuse, and thus... I got perhaps 100 outdoor miles, and about 40 hours on the trainer because I am too much of a wuss to ride in snow or sub-arctic temperatures.

So, you have me beat by 5 centuries and 905 miles.

Way to go.
More miles in March than Jan and Feb combined . . .ms
Mar 11, 2003 8:47 AM
Here's a number that will bring out some replies from the low end: 53 miles for February. I got in a lot of trainer time, including my 6 hour "century" on the trainer during the weekend February 15. But, the trainer is not the same as outside. As I look out my window, I see snow flurries. But, the last weather report I saw said that it is supposed to be in the 60s tomorrow. Hope springs eternal.

BTW: March mileage to date is about 225 miles (and two hours on the trainer).
A trainer Century...OUCH!MB1
Mar 11, 2003 8:57 AM
I've never done anything that hard.

What about posting an illustrated ride report???
No pics -- this is not an S&M site.--nmms
Mar 11, 2003 10:02 AM
604, 3 centuries and 1 double. nmBruno S
Mar 11, 2003 8:50 AM
I cracked and went into hibernation mode...biknben
Mar 11, 2003 8:51 AM
I started the new year strong, putting in about 150-200 miles per week. In about mid-Feb., the weather got the best of me. I did few commutes in the single digits. I was barely able to handle the cold. Then the snow and ice came and made my commute unbarable.

I eventually decided that temps that required full-face coverage were not worth it (<15*F). Now, finally, the temps are rebounding. Lows will be in the 20's or higher for the next week. Anything above freezing feels like summer time. It's strange.

I learned that Joe Friel's program not only requires a sick mind, but a warm climate.
502.33 February, 802.05 Jan + Feb (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Mar 11, 2003 8:51 AM
mileage rantJS Haiku Shop
Mar 11, 2003 9:19 AM
i'm considered the "extreme" of high mileage for our local club (LOL). only one other has reportedly hit the 1000 mile mark for the year (i'm at ~1112 YTD), and he's backing off to work on "intensity". it was all gung-ho and mileage competition between a few of us until this last bout of cold weather, now it's all whining and self-concern.

granted, i'm about 300 miles over last year's numbers by march, and i did lose >1.5 months last year to injury and PT, i'm on schedule for a 9-12k mile year so far (knock wood, my most miles ever).

most of the other locals are on the couch eating ice cream, or still in bed, while i'm riding. it's really disconcerting. trying to motivate these folks through club media is like shouting into a bottomless chasm.

we're getting some cold weather, and have had some snow, but nothing that would prevent one from skipping more than two weekend days so far this year.

my saturday and sunday group rides were really packed with riders until the local century and MS150 in september, then immediately all those "hardcore mileage junkies" turned back into fair-weather riders and shut the bikes down completely in favor of eating and watching TV. saddest thing 'bout it was that the days were still long and the weather was still good--there was no climactic reason to stop. a rare few took up running, but for the most part, it's no-go 'til 65*F sunny weekends.

is this typical or atypical? i get the feeling those of us with "substantial" miles so far this year are in the top 5% mileage-wise. others i've asked in-town are posting 10-100 miles for january and 0-100 miles for february. what gives?
I feel for ya'tarwheel
Mar 11, 2003 9:42 AM
Most of my regular riding buddies quit riding much in December. So, I've been doing mostly solo rides for the past 3 months. I generally don't ride in snow, sleet, ice or rain unless I'm caught in some precipitation while out riding. But otherwise the cold weather actually is nice for riding, providing you have the proper gear. We have a bunch of hardcore riders in my area who continue to do long rides all winter, but unfortunately I'm not up to their speed and don't enjoy being dropped 30-40 miles from home. I'm not that slow, but not up to 20+ mph rides in the dead of winter. What's funny is that we had some of the nicest weather last weekend since early last autumn, but none of my regular buds were out riding. So I rode 56 miles solo on Saturday, and 35 miles Sunday with a different group than I usually ride with.
same here last weekendJS Haiku Shop
Mar 11, 2003 9:45 AM
65*F & overcast saturday and 40 folks showed for the group ride. <40*F and overcast sunday and do you think they showed? it's not that they aren't out there, just that they're not willing. maybe it's becoming more of a lifestyle for me in the last 12 months than for the others, who may view it as a pasttime or distraction, at best.
Mar 11, 2003 9:46 AM
Hey now, it's supposed to be fun. Right?

What you describe is absolutely typical, even in a warm weather state like California.

I used to hate riding in the winter, because it was cold and wet! (Yes, even in California, it gets cold and wet.) Over the years, I have acquired lots of clothing and equipment so that now I can ride in almost all weather conditions, and I do. Having the right gear makes all the difference in the world, and a lot of "fair weather" riders simply don't have it.
35 hours, all rollers. :-( nmSpunout
Mar 11, 2003 8:51 AM
That is amazing and sad, very sad....nmtriple shot espresso
Mar 11, 2003 8:57 AM
ouch, 619triple shot espresso
Mar 11, 2003 8:56 AM
619 road miles and 49 hours on the bike in Feb is pretty good for me even though it's fewer than Jan and Dec. Winter finally showed up in the Rockies and I had the lingering chest cold that wouldn't go away. March will be better.

How long does it take you to do 1005 miles? Don't you guys have cars?
Sure we have a car.MB1
Mar 11, 2003 9:08 AM
We took the tandem down to the dealer 3 years ago to find a Minivan that could carry it with the wheels on.

Since then the van has 22,000 miles (in the same time we have perhaps 90,000 miles on our bikes).

Boy that much riding seems pretty stupid now that I think of it. We must be crazy....
It's a fine line between passionate and crazy.triple shot espresso
Mar 11, 2003 11:12 AM
At least that's what my ex-girlfriend used to yell out of her window as I was hiding in her shrubbery.
no idea, but less than I'd like nmDougSloan
Mar 11, 2003 8:58 AM
i had a great month: 173 mi + 1 hr on the trainer..._rt_
Mar 11, 2003 9:09 AM
it was FEBRUARY for pete's sake!!


19 1/2 trainer and roller hours. March is worse...-40 tempsJon Billheimer
Mar 11, 2003 9:14 AM
brrr. where do you live?!_rt_
Mar 11, 2003 9:50 AM
maybe you should take up something like this:

(me, last week at the bottom of the Higland Bowl in Aspen Highlands)

brrr. where do you live?!Jon Billheimer
Mar 11, 2003 9:55 AM
Edmonton unfortunately. Even more unfortunately, you guys down south are getting all the El Nino snow. However, I do spend more time skiing than cycling during the winters. I teach at a little local hill here on weekends. Last week I finally got my first powder weekend in in the mountains. I ended up so sore I could hardly walk to the lodge to get my beer!!:)-
i feel your pain..._rt_
Mar 11, 2003 10:02 AM
after my day hiking/skiing in the highland bowl (1000' climb to the top) i felt like i'd been run over by a bus!

i lived in Montreal for abut 8 years. march is a brutal month: tired of winter but spring is still a long way off.

now living in atlanta: today's high is supposed to be around 65F...ahhhhh!

Now we know...Jon Billheimer
Mar 11, 2003 10:09 AM
...the real reason why the North attacked the South in the Civil War!:)-

BTW, there's good pain and bad pain. Yours and mine were the good kind. Also, little known medical fact: beer is the world's greatest analgesic!
Mar 11, 2003 12:49 PM
so true about the beer. i'd have had several after my bowl hiking day except i couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to bring the bottle to my lips!!

however, between myself & my S.O. we brought back a case & 1/2 of Fat Tire Ale.

753 miles Feb 1950 miles YTD nmBipedZed
Mar 11, 2003 9:27 AM
Same as my January and December miles ...HouseMoney
Mar 11, 2003 9:33 AM
... Zero ...

I did get a quick 16½ miles in last Saturday though!

(quick note to self: puddles conceal potholes and may lead to double pinch-flats)
178 miles YTDPaulCL
Mar 11, 2003 10:02 AM
That includes the 100 miles in March.

I guess I need to buy a beater bike to ride in the winter. In Jan/Feb I've done at least a dozen trainer sessions plus about the same number of spinning classes. I just can't imagine adding up 1000 miles thru the snow/ice of this winter.

On the bright side....I'll ride tomorrow AM (25-30 miles) and squeeze out 50 or so this weekend. Gotta EASE myself back into this sport.....
MB1&2 Maintenance Schedule??Fez
Mar 11, 2003 9:39 AM
How often do you and Miss M clean and tweak the bikes?

How many drivetrain parts do you go through in a year?

I'm glad to be riding, even if I have to remove sand, crud and grime off the bike after every ride. Feb miles were low, but I've ridden almost every day in March so far.
No schedule, just put them on the stand once a week.MB1
Mar 11, 2003 9:53 AM
Although this winter has been really tough on drivetrain parts and brake pads.
do you at least clean and lube every day?Fez
Mar 11, 2003 10:10 AM
With dry roads, I try to do it every other ride.

But lately, I'm finding sand and grit on the chain and cogs. Small price to pay for the joy of riding in this weather.
Not every day, just as needed...MB1
Mar 11, 2003 10:18 AM
which has often been every day this winter. ;-(
Dark February yielded just 395 milesTig
Mar 11, 2003 9:43 AM
Although not nearly as cold as the DC area, we had just 1 weeks's worth of sunlight and non-rain days in February. It was the darkest in a few decades. I started working at my LBS mid way in the month, which makes it even harder to get in the miles. I'm happy to report that the sun has returned and the temp's haven't dropped below 52 in almost a week. Ahhhh, spring is here!
Low score wins, right? Let's see with trainer, rollers, and roadBrooks
Mar 11, 2003 9:47 AM
combined, I'd say ZERO! I am such a slug. Got in quite a bit of skiing and basketball, though.
Since January......about 700 weekend miles and 100 hours....K-Man
Mar 11, 2003 10:01 AM
as you can tell most of the hours have been on the trainer
Hopefull the weather is ready to break and time to put the trainer away.

Only crazy riders around here ?PeterRider
Mar 11, 2003 10:08 AM
I got perfect weather in SoCal since january (only one 20miles ride in very very bad rain), and did only about 1100 miles this year ! Including two centuries, one double century and two 200km brevets. That must be it, I'm riding only on week-ends :-(

Winter riding.Fredrico
Mar 11, 2003 11:13 AM
Hah! Maybe two rides in January, 10 miles each and nothing in February, because of snow, cold and wet in Northern Virginia.

But y'know, I overcame cabin fever by walking to any destination within two miles, an hour or so work-out, at a brisk pace. Walked alot over the winter, even parking on the edge of lots outside shopping malls, etc.

So last weekend did an hour on the bike for the first time in at least three weeks. The legs were up to the task, and I felt great Monday. This weekend, went 15 miles Saturday and 20 Sunday, and again, the body barely protested.

So I'm not too worried about loss of fitness, confident that it'll come back easily over the next two months or so.
loss of fitnessFez
Mar 11, 2003 11:45 AM
here in dc, i experienced the same as you. couldn't ride much so i ran. even that was a challenge since the MUTs weren't clear and lots of walkways were still packed with snow.

but eventually i found places to run and did 8 miles about 4 times per week.

when i got back on the bike, i found my legs were tired because the cycling specific muscles were a little rusty.
471 miles, 19 days on the bike, 28 hours saddle time. (nm)outofthesaddle
Mar 11, 2003 12:24 PM
570 Feb, 1334 YTD, nmMatt Britter
Mar 11, 2003 1:42 PM
8 miles in Jan, 26 in Feb. nm4bykn
Mar 11, 2003 2:21 PM
1,000 sunny miles. (nm)johnrg
Mar 11, 2003 2:46 PM
I have more than half the milage you do MB1!Mike P
Mar 11, 2003 3:51 PM
I have managed 580 miles for February. That is a little more than I was shooting for. Total for January and February. . . I am up to 1325 miles!

213 miles. Terrible.Uncle Tim
Mar 11, 2003 8:15 PM
In Feb, 2002 I rode nearly 500 miles, still nothing to brag about. In this area, there was one decent day in early February, and I got in 51 miles. Near the end of the month, I tired to ride a solo century but a very cold rain stopped me after about 60 miles.
1532 km/952 milesphilippec
Mar 12, 2003 1:15 AM
unusually dry weather here in Feb -- but it was cold!!
Now that the race season has started, the kms will start to ramp up, ugh!