Since I resumed riding this season, I have been maintaining a personal log both online and on a spreadsheet.
Last week I was able to complete 6 training runs. Each training run spanned 25kms and lasted about 1 hour and 2 minutes. I rode 144kms on very hilly terrain with an average speed of 25km/h and a maximum speed of 50km/h. My average heart rate was 138bpm and I stayed “in zone” for 6 hours of the 6 hours and 13 minutes of riding.
I burned 4,377 calories and I maintained an average cadence of 79 rpm.
When I first picked up my new bike in April, it weighed about 18lbs. The bike, fully loaded with the rider, now weighs about 12lbs less than it did in April.
Pro riders maintain a ratio of about 2.2lbs per inch of height. I still have a ways to go before I hit that ratio. Although every pound down is one less pound for me to move around on a bike. I do notice the loss of weight when I am climbing hills.
4,000 plus calories a week is a pretty good burn rate. By comparison, the Tour de France riders can burn about 5,000 calories in one flat stage and upwards of 8,000 calories in one day on the mountains. Amazing.