Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Wrap Up

January turned out to be a rather pivotal month as trainer riding finally 'clicked' for me. A few things contributed to that, primarily my determination to keep a positive attitude, road conditions that did not allow safe outside riding and the discovery of a fairly local computrainer multiride center. Besides reading about bloggers going through similar efforts to keep riding, it's helped enormously that Jeff is doing the trainer as well as ride buddies ribuck and Lynn, who just bought her first trainer this month.

At the start of January, I had it in mind that I'd try to do 500 miles, though I wasn't sure that would be feasible on the trainer. Turns out, it was about right!

Out of 27 days of riding, 25 were done on the trainer. I feel so relieved that I managed to check off my January metric century on what was probably the *only* possible day for it! I did 83.65 miles outside and 466.39 on the trainer for a total of 550.04 miles.

Since the week also ends today, I'll report that I did 6 days of riding and 116.81 miles. It doesn't look like much yet, but since I don't have a picture for today's post I'll show you my graph for 2009 miles by week, just getting started. I love seeing the lines grow!

For February, I want to keep up the frequent rides and work more with the training dvd's and features that come with computrainer we've ordered. I want to get some of the CTS ones I've tried at the shop to use at home too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can do 2/12 of the Metric Century a Month Challenge!

9 comments:

kate said...

what a good start to the year! do you ever race?

trio said...

Your mileage really is impressive!

Daniella said...

your keeping me motivated :) I love the pics below of your pups - I can't believe the ice! Wow - I do remember tho' from my NY days. We had a bit of a cold spell here and I bought long riding pants. I never thought I would need them but I did.

Groover said...

That's pretty neat, Sarah! The number of windtrainer miles shows a lot of determination. I hope the weather will get better soon so you will be able to convert indoor fitness into outdoor joy. :-)

Buttsy said...

I found website www.bikejournal.com which is a neat way to keep an online journal...I just stumbled on it...I actually write my miles in a book, but have updated bikejournal too which makes it real....

Your trainer miles show a lot of determination which is amazing and I am sure your fitness benefits too....On the trainer I guess you do some intervals and stuff to keep it interesting

knitseashore said...

Congratulations! amazing considering the snow and ice this month.

Glenn_in_MA said...

I just knew you were out riding your Feb metric century today!! Beautiful day with temps reaching the 50s...must have been a nice ride except for the wet roads. :-)

sarah said...

Kate, I still haven't raced, but am hoping to find something to try that's not too far from home, hopefully a training one. I want to do the cross clinic and training races this fall that I found out about too late last season. I'd like to find a buddy to try it with me! S

trio said...

Just try racing cross, I just turned up this year and it was great. As its short laps it doesn't matter how good or bad you are!