Posts tagged ‘maps’
It’s funny to look at the “referrers” section of my stats as you can trace back to links that people clicked on in various blogs and forums. I will respond simply by saying that it is definitely a balancing act to find as much time as I do to ride, but I look at that as part of the challenge as well. I do a lot of thinking while I ride, particularly about projects and life. That is valuable time. This post, though, is about maps. I’ve been doing this long before the Strava heatmaps, and I’d argue that their heatmaps are far better as interactive maps, but mine are better as static maps.
All of my riding and racing during 2013 – approx 20,500 miles in 11 states. I rode in Virginia and Pennsylvania this year for the first time in a long time. But noticeably missing are Illinois, Michigan, and Florida which somehow I missed in 2013! (click to enlarge and see additional detail)
Hear is my heartrate data from this year’s Leadville race (read my race report).
Heartrate summary – note the lack of any time at all in Zone 5
2012 Leadville Heartrate data (click to enlarge)
A few things to note about the heartrate data … first, there is no time at all in Zone 5! I think this is mainly because of the altitude because my legs were fresh. Also, I think I may have been a bit intimidated by the length of the race – thinking that I needed to be really conservative. Next year (hopefully), I’ll have at least a few minutes in Zone 5, and spend a lot more time in Zone 4 and less in Zone 3. I know I can crack the top 25 in this race!!!
Here is the annotated map showing where we made a wrong turn that ended up costing me an extra 1.9 miles (exactly) and 5’32″. Note that would have made my time 7hrs, 30minutes, and a couple seconds – which surely would have bumped me up a couple places. Note that the 1st and 2nd place female riders would have still probably beaten me. Sally Bigham was in my group that missed the turn whereas eventual winner Rebecca Rusch was farther back and did not miss the turn. No arrogance or offense intended, but wow those women are world class fast!
And here is our annotated road trip data:
- Day 1 Wed – Hoover, AL to Wichita Falls, TX (795 miles)
plus 43.9 mile ride in Hoover, AL
- Day 2 Thu – Wichita Falls, TX to Salida, CO (593 miles)
plus 30.0 mile ride from Raton, NM to Trinidad, CO
- Day 3 Fri – Salida, CO to Leadville, CO to Silverthorne, CO (117 miles)
plus 32.0 mile pre-ride of Leadville race course
- Day 4 Sat – Silverthorne, CO to Leadville, CO to Silverthorne, CO (89 miles)
plus 107.7 mile race
- Day 5 Sun – Silverthorne, CO to Leadville, CO to Hoover, AL (1486 miles)
plus 7.8 mile recovery ride on Leadville Mineral Trail
- Day 6 Mon – Arrive back in Hoover around noon after driving all night
Grand total: over 3100 miles of driving!
What an amazing trip we had out west this summer … 21 days and just over 4000 miles of visiting family and sightseeing in 8 states. The genesis of the trip was our cousin’s wedding in Phoenix for Memorial Day weekend. But there was also a really cool mountain bike race the next weekend in Flagstaff giving us a chance to visit other cousins who live there. Along the way here are some highlights from our trip:
- Camping for a couple days at the Grand Canyon: Kristine ran to see the sunrise, Josiah and I biked 9 miles to see the sunset, Analise was the girl scout camping expert pretty much single-handedly showing us how to set up the giant tent we borrowed from the Mabry’s
- Phoenix for the wedding and to visit family: Analise absolutely loved the wedding – especially getting to dance with her cousins and the bride and groom during the reception, Analise and Josiah both enjoyed swimming and playing with all four cousins, Josiah and I biked through the canals, and I had a chance to bike with Uncle Bruce in an awesome mountain bike park (Deem Hills). I also drove down to Tucson to do the longest, highest climb I’ve ever done on the bike (Mt Lemmon – 41.8 miles starting at 2300′ and ending at 9000′)
- Flagstaff to visit family and race the Barn Burner: Analise and Josiah enjoyed playing and biking around town with their cousins, Kristine hiked up to the highest point in Arizona (Humphreys Peak – 12,600′), I placed fourth at the Barn Burner 104 mountain bike race, and we all camped at nearly 9’000 feet on the side of the San Francisco peaks. Also, Analise was totally into astronomy with the Lowell Observatory, the transit of Venus, and viewing Saturn through the 100+ year old Clark Telescope
- Los Alamos: Kristine and the kids enjoyed exploring the Indian ruins at Bandeleir national monument while I had the opportunity to climb up and into the Valles Caldera – an ancient massive supervolcano
- Tulsa for the Tulsa Tough bike race: the kids enjoyed biking all over town and doing well in the kids races. I had a chance to race three days including the climb up Cry Baby Hill which was very Tour de France like – check it out:
Some maps and stats – just over 4000 miles of driving … 1242 miles of riding and over 90,000′ of climbing split over 37 rides…
March 15th – April 30th – 96 rides, 3084 miles and 468,661 feet of climbing – the Strava Specialized Climbing Challenge is done.
Last year I climbed a lot because I really like climbing (and descending). This year in this climbing competition, I was driven by a desire to win so I climbed more and rode much more than I have ever ridden before. Jeremy Philippe still has a chance to win if he has any more rides that he hasn’t uploaded yet, and if he does win then he deserves it because all of his climbing was on real mountain climbs in the French Alpes. Earlier in the competition, it was a race to see who could get to the prescribed climbing total 105,312feet first, and Robin Squire in England came out on top there reaching the total in an amazing 9 days. My climbing has been on the short, steep (sometimes super steep) climbs in the southern suburbs of Birmingham. Almost all of my climbing has been on three different ridge lines with hundreds of different roads criss-crossing through neighborhoods on the sides of the hills – see maps below showing only the 96 rides that counted towards the climbing challenge.
The nice side effect of all this riding and climbing is that my racing has gotten even better as well. I assumed that there would be a trade-off as I bumped up the volume, my high end intensity would tank. But this didn’t happen – instead, I tied an all-time max heartrate at the end of a 422 mile week racing the Mississippi Gran Prix. Then the next week, I finished 26th in a really tough Sunny King criterium with some of the best criterium pros in the country near the end of a 475 mile week. Then towards the end of 510 mile week on the 75th mile of the day I finished in the top 20 (20th) of the Athens Terrapin Twilight criterium. I think there really is something to a term that a friend of mine coined – terrain based training (thanks Warren!) The secret is one word – recovery. Terrain forces you to go easy. If your legs are shredded from racing, then when you climb a hill you have to go so slow that it gives your legs a chance to recover. Whereas if you are on flatter terrain with smaller hills, then you might be tempted to punch it up a hill or maintain a fast speed if it is flat. If you are climbing a 15% grade, then it is easy to go 3-5mph and weave up the entire climb, and there is no mental pressure to go even the slightest bit faster. Plus you have a downhill coming up soon where you can coast, soft pedal, or tuck-and-fly instead of having to keep on pedaling on a long mountain descent or on flat roads. I’m going to write up some more about my training strategies in another post.
For now, here are some highlights/timeline from the final day of the challenge:
- 7:30AM – walk the kids to school
- 8:15AM – first ride – commute to samford with mind-numbing 25 repeats of skyland dr – 40+mph to 5mph each repeat
- 9:20AM – teach languages and theory course at samford
- 10:30AM – help student with senior project
- 11:30AM – second ride – run into Mark Fisher (almost literally) while doing more repeats on skyland – ride together doing some of my favorite climbs/descents in vestavia
- 2:50PM – finish second ride and pick up kids from school (literally – see photo below)
- 3:15PM – third ride – combine mountain brook climbing route with hoover – bluff park climbing route – new max speed coming back down from bluff park
- 6:45PM – finish third ride, shower, and go on date with kristine while grandparents babysit the kids – firebirds for dinner, world market, barnes and noble coffee, awesome
- 9:30PM – upload data – see that Jeremy hasn’t uploaded any more rides – start to get paranoid
- 10:45PM – fourth ride – laps in the dark, tired but full of adrenaline, hammer out 30 laps
- 11:50PM – upload last ride and screenshots, for some reason i really wanted to get all my data uploaded before midnight
Kristine got a video of Analise and Josiah running with me up the hill to our house on what I thought was going to be my last ride of the day. See video below:
When I was looking at the state map of Alabama that I had made using topocreator, I noticed how you can see that the Smoke Ridge climb is connected to Skyball from the Tour de Cullman. I was inspired to make maps for both my Sunday Adventure to Smoke Rise and also for the Tour de Cullman. Enjoy!
Topocreator map of the Smoke Rise route with major Alabama mountains annotated. Click the map for a medium version (2MB) or click this link for a really huge detailed version (16MB)