So, year end review time.
Originally Posted by Drew
1) and 2) - the two Greylock goals. I hit the Lanesboro side, 51:39, and cracked pretty epicly towards the top after not eating for several hours before I rode (it's a long drive), so I could probably knock another minute or two off that one. North Adams, I missed, though not by a ton - 52:47. I was having some shifting trouble and couldn't get into my big ring which probably cost me at least a few seconds, but making up 47 seconds is more than just shifting trouble, IMO. My average wattage for the climb was 309w, which implies I could have paced it a little better, maybe - either way, I should break this next season.
3) Half-everest or break 15,000 feet - nope. I'd like to blame Covid for this, and on long out-and-back rides that was definitely a factor for much of the year, but there's no reason I couldn't have just set up a cooler in the back of my car at the foot of a long climb and spent a day doing repeats. I'd still like to Everest in 2021, but that will involve getting a half-everest in pretty soon just to set a baseline. Zwift Mt. Ventoux repeats may be in my future for a weekend day in January or February where the girl has plans.
4) remaining KOMs. I'm gonna call it done, as at some point in the year I did have all 5, and I currentlty have 4 of the 5. I lost the 5th, Walnut Street, to a guy I've ridden with a few times and I have a friendly rivalry, so naturally I'll have to take that one back.
5) 4w/kg. SO Close, and had I done a FTP test at year end rather than the Rapha 500, I might have gotten there, as my last FTP update on Strava was on a 19:30 hill climb rather than a proper 20-minute test, and my trainer reads a hair lower than my crankset power meter. But, at my year-end weight, I was about 3.94w/kg. Just missed, buyt that was like 3.65 or so at the start of the season, and a 10% jump isn't nothing.
6) 200 mile ride - this one I will blame Covid. That kind of distance involves stopping a lot to refuel.
I eventually did adopt last year's 5,000 mile goal as the year went on, and I finished at 5,300.7 miles, which I was pretty happy with. I also had the last week of the year off and conditions weren't awful so I ended up riding and completing the Rapha Festive 500, 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, which is a fucking LOT of riding for New England in December and I still can't believe I did it, especially considering 400 of those 500km were outside and the 100km was a single Zwift metric, which sitting on a trainer that long to grind out a metric is fucking brutal.
It also wasn't really a stated goal, but I did a LOT of KOM hunting during the lockdown and ensuing summer and fall, and per Veloviewer I think I took outright or tied 36 KOMs, and per Strava I'm now on my 2nd page, with 33 KOMs I hold outright. The one I'm the most proud of is the Around the Mountain loop up in Acadia, my favorite of the carriage paths up there and and effort that was responsible for one of my two big FTP jumps this season. I also took a KOM every month of 2020 except March, when I had covid, and December, when I had no excuse.