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How far did you go? Or my motivation for a 60 km Boxing Day bike ride

The other day I checked my year to date distances with Strava.

I saw that I’d ridden 3942 km this year and 3675 km last year. I had a goal of riding 5000 km this year and despite doing two weeks of riding in South Carolina and Arizona during the winter, didn’t make it. Damn that canceled Manitoulin Island week of riding!

But I was anxious not to miss the 4000 km mark and so started planning a 60 km Boxing Day ride.

Then last night I remembered that Strava doesn’t count my commutes because I don’t use the Garmin on the multi-use pathway. The commutes get added, when I remember, manually to Garmin. So I checked my Garmin year in review. YAY! I’ve ridden 4,317 km. Now I’m feeling a bit better.

So it’s short the commutes but the Strava toolbox still has some nice info.

This year, I logged

124 rides

It means an average of

10.33 rides per month

Or, if you prefer, it equals

2.43 rides per week

More precisely, it is exactly

0.35 rides per day

In terms of distance, I totalized

3942 kilometers

They can be converted in

2449 miles

But please note that the kilometer
is the only official distance unit for cycling!

It is roughly like riding from

New York


Los Angeles

(which is exactly 3940 kilometers as the crow flies)

This is exactly the


of earth’s circumference

My average distance this year is

31.8 kms per ride

It translates into an average of

328.5 kms per month

And obviously it means

77.3 kms per week

Basically, you can say I’m riding

11.2 kms each day

My total riding time this year is

8 days

4 hours

33 minutes

16 seconds

This is the

3.48% of my life

excluding an average sleep time of 8 hours

My average speed this year is

20.06 km/h

It can be converted in

12.46 mph

Again, you should start to learn
how the metric system works.

Talking about elevation,
this year I climbed exactly

175.5 meters per ride

Or, from another perspective, an average of

1813.5 meters per month

Yeah, it means that I climbed

426.7 meters per week

All the above is just to say
that I climbed a total of

21762 meters

Approximately, it’s like climbing

Olympus Monsx1 times

In fact, it is 21230m high from the surface of Mars
and it’s the highest peak in the Solar System

At about 12000m I would have passed
the tropopause and entered the


This is the highest atmospheric layer
that can be accessed by jet-powered aircrafts