It is again time for the Rapha "Festive 500" challenge. Unlike the other Rapha challenges, which just entitle you to an "opportunity" to buy commemorative cycling gear, this one actually has a prize -- a small sew-on patch!
500 kms to ride from December 24 to December 31.
I am off to a good start, as today I rode to my office, then to Keio Shonan Fujisawa Campus to teach a class, then home from SFC -- 98 kms total. Tomorrow no riding plans, but I hope to get in another 100 kms or so on the 26th. And on the 28th I plan to ride out with Jerome as he heads for Nagoya ... I should be able to get in well over 100 kms before hopping a train home. So that would leave under 200 kms left over the 27th, and 29th, 30th, 31st.
I was on the Canyon Shark today with the Gokiso wine red hubs/wide carbon clinchers. So I set a bunch of "personal records" on the Fujisawa commute. The bike is fast, and the wheels are really fast, I think my fastest yet for this kind of rolling ride.
I was especially pleased with this one segment. Ranked 15 out of 369 riders over a 5.6 km TT, one second ahead of professional rider James Machin, aka "Far East".
Yes, I had a bit of tailwind on the trip home ... but that does not explain the other fast times on the way out of town with a bit of headwind!
UPDATE (Dec 31): With another 201 kms ridden on December 28 ... to Shizuoka over Atami Pass, the Festive 500 was within easy reach, except I caught a cold and was off the bike (except for errands) the next two days. On the morning of the 31st, I rolled up the Tamagawa to Hino-shi and back, with a few minor loops added in, to stretch my legs and clear 500 kms without, I hope, delaying my recovery from the cold.
Total riding for 2014 -- 13,941 kms. This is consistent with the past several years.
The basic 4 or 5 days per week bicycle commute of almost 24 kms round trip to Azabu has given me a base of 96-120 kms per week, which adds up over the full year. The year started slow, with my 2 early season brevets cancelled due to snow and its aftermath, and January through March each below 1000 kms. April and September were big months, over 1600kms/1000 miles each. April featured MOB's visit, the Fleche and Nishi Tokyo 300 Brevet. September featured the R-Tokyo Ise 1000 Brevet. But really each month from July to December I rode more than 1150 kms.
For 2015, I will get in plenty of mileage, so need to focus a bit more on actually training a bit for specific events. That said, my main goals are endurance focused: (1) PBP in August and (2) an SR600 in June. I would like to add something more speed focused -- if I can get set for Giro delle Dolomiti with MOB and friends, then I will add that at end of July. Otherwise, maybe some domestic Japanese races with JCRC ...