My 2018 year on Strava. Not too bad really, my best year yet so i’m happy with that. Click on pic for a nice little video.
Sod’s law: that i get to celebrate my 4 year Strava ride anniversary without a trainer to ride on.
I’m hopefully collecting a new replacement one from the shop tomorrow — fingers crossed.
Nice of Strava to remember though and send a nice email.
So, in all that time i’ve ridden 17,394.3 miles doing 929 rides. And there was a load of miles done unrecorded on the turbo trainer before i went onto Zwift.
So, all in all, not a bad 4 years considering i was a total newbie to proper cycling when i began — those days when 12 miles seemed like hell to ride. Me and Waldo (my bike) have come a long way since then.
And this little picture is all i get for riding my virtual bike up a virtual mountain 25 times.
So why do it, because we’re masochists, why else?
I started this challenge on 14th October, that was the first time i rode up the mountain, and i finished today on the 14th November. Which i’m quite pleased with.
To be honest, i’m not in any rush to see that mountain again any time soon. I’m now — officially — totally fed up with it. Riding along at 4-5mph for all those hours is just plain tedious. So yeah, you have to be a bit of a masochist to do this — especially in one month.
But done is done and to see this at the top of the 25th ascent…
…makes it all worth while.
What’s next, well i’ve gone and broke the turbo trainer. That’s 2 turbos in 2 months. At least this one is under guarantee still. But i’m gonna be without a turbo for a while when i send this back, so i’m looking forward to some nice treadmill time as i really need to get running again, and i’ll also have a go and see if i can somehow get the old Turbo Muin cobbled back into some kind of working order until i get a new turbo sorted.
Admittedly, i had to re-ride a few routes a few times to get 38th place. Worked hard for this one as this was my last on Rouvy for a while, as this was the final challenge needed to complete my Rouvy Career to Legend. So now i’m off back to Zwift for a while as i’m currently limiting my riding to focus more on my running for a change and Zwift is good for that — see how that goes.
Anyways, Rouvy’s been great, got a lot fitter along the journey with them but now i need some new targets.
Just completed “World Class” level on Rouvy:
And makes me a Rouvy Legend:
And that’s it. All the levels completed, big bad boss beaten, game over, and all in 7 months — which i don’t think is too shabby for a 53 year old.
So now what? Well, i’m going to finish my month’s subscription on Rouvy as it would be silly not to use it up as i do enjoy Rouvy, and then i’m going back to Zwift for a while.
WTF! Yes, back to Zwift. I’ve been getting lots of messages on VeloViewer about the Strava segment positions i set while i was previously on Zwift getting lower and lower and dragging my VeloViewer Score down — can’t have that!!! So i really feel the need to go back to Zwift for a while and bump a few back up — call it vanity, i don’t care. If one can’t have a bit of vanity in ones life then what’s the point of living? But vanity, or not, not, is, is not, not is… it’s going to be interesting as all i’ve spent my time on while riding on Rouvy has just been getting used to riding in an aero tuck and getting all the power back that i lost when i switched over to using the tri-bars full time — which i think i’ve done and then some on top. Anyways, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what times i can set on Zwift now in an aero tuck on tri-bars and compare them to the times i set previously on the tops and drops. At least on Zwift they have the TT bike that has its algorithm set up to give the reduced drag of being in an aero tuck which isn’t the case on Rouvy. On Rouvy everyone’s given a normal riding position drag coefficient and there’s no way of changing it.
I’m also quite interested to try out the new routes on Zwift as well and set a few times on those too.
I’m currently planning on coming back to Rouvy on 1st October 2019 and going for double Legend status — which means completing all levels twice through in the 12 months between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020, but i’ll have to see how i’m getting on with Zwift by then.
Then once that’s done it’ll probably be back to Zwift for a while to catch back up on things and then go off and find another platform to play on. There’s quite a few different platforms out there now and i really would like to try them all eventually and complete all their levels as well. Yeah, pure fucking vanity!
This was a lot of riding and awesome to get 28th place. I even treated myself to 4 vegan burgers yesterday to celebrate my achievement — sometimes it’s ok to do a little junk food.
So i did the absolute bare minimum to complete this challenge, but i’m being good and sticking with my training plan as much as possible. Admittedly i did go a little longer than planned, 32 minutes to be exact, on this ride but that was only as far as i needed. And that’s all i needed to do to get this challenge in the bag towards my Rouvy career — which is all that matters.