October 2018 Ride Summary

With the end of October upon us, I’ve taken the time to reflect on 10 months of cycling for 2018.  At the beginning of this year, my goal was to ride 5000 km outdoors in 2018, and as of the end of October, I’ve surpassed that goal! I’ve also now surpassed my previous annual record of exactly 5000 km (in both 2012 and 2013).

Cycling 5000 km in ten months is a significant milestone for me.  It means I’ve averaged 500 km per month and over 100 km per week. The biggest difference this year is that I’ve commuted over 25 times from Waterloo to Guelph (and back) for work.  This has resulted in over 1400 km of cycle commuting.  Here’s a pie chart (mmmmm pie….) of the weekdays that I’ve commuted.  It looks like more than half of my bike commuting distance occured on Tuesday/Wednesday.

Here are my cycling stats for October 2018 (from StravaStats):

The 441 km I cycled was the most I’ve ever done in October (since I’ve been recording cycling distances.  The following graph (I like graphs!) shows monthly distances since 2012.  In 2018, I’ve surpassed my best months in February, March, June and October (graph is from StravaStats)

Monthly highlights for October included:

The Howling Coyote gravel grinder in Mono, Ontario:

Howling Coyote – photo from Apex Race Photography

KWCX – my first cyclocross race:

KWCX – photo by Kaitlyn Shikaze

And I explored some nice trails in Kitchener-Waterloo.  Columbia Forest is part of the Waterloo Moraine.  There are hiking/cycling/running trails that are undisturbed with a real natural feel of these woods – a true gem in the twin cities. Last weekend, I joined a small group of cyclists and we explored these trails, hills, puddles and fall scenery (followed by a coffee shop visit!)

Columbia Forest
Entrance to Columbia Forest – photo by Taryn Davis





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