To finally put 2018 behind I’ll do the final wrap-up for 2018 in this post. I’ll go ahead and continue with the pictures and end this post with some stats and graphs from 2018. I will start looking into 2019 in the upcoming posts. So here we go, hope you enjoy!
June is always special. It’s when you start realizing it’s summer, the nature turns up the colors, birds chirp and you know that those amazing colors will start fading out at the end of the month. So you try to take it all in. For me June means a lot, but one thing that usually amazes me are the lupines. Yup, you heard me. These flowers just light up the roads making my ordinary Kakskerta-Clockwise route just special, each and every time. And the colors are there for only a few weeks. So I divide the summer not just by before and after midsummer, but pre-, at and post lupines bloom.
July was warm. Just the way I like it. July was probably the warmest month I can recall. It was mainly above +30 degrees, which is not typical for our latitudes. Training was going well and I enjoyed cycling.
August is always the time you start looking back at the summer. Evenings start to get darker, the tones of the nature get darker and the sky blue fades out to lighter blue. August was also the first time in 3 years that I participated in a bike race. It was hard, but really fun! Unfortunately no pictures from there.
August marked the end-of-season ride, where we usually try to put in a longer ride while the weather is still okay. This time (again) we headed for Kimito and Mathildedal.
It seems my last ride-pics are from October. Then life happened, and I moved to training indoors, and then finally keeping some weeks off.
The end of 2018 was stressful in many ways, in both good and bad. In many ways it still feels as if those things affect what’s going on today. However, now is not the time to dig into that. I will end this recap with some stats from 2018. All in all, it was a good year cycling-wise. Due to a bad end to 2018, I missed my goal of riding 350 hours, but still, I managed to ride more than during the past 3 years. And managed to squeeze in a race as well.
The cycling year 2018 can be divided into 3 parts. First January to March (pre-italy), summer until end of August and then finally the end of the year. I was really developing a good form throughout the year, until September. The end of the year was full of comebacks and struggling to get back. And never managed to really do it. The summer could have been better, I lacked longer rides, but I managed it all decently. Would I have been able to keep that up, I would have been cycling into 2019 in the shape of my life. But as we know, that did not happen.
It feels good putting 2018 behind now. I will wrap it all up with the Strava video, summing up the stats for 2018. Unfortunately it adds all hours from all activities, while I only look at cycling when summing up my year. So January is really not the most active month, despite Strava mentioning it in the video.
That’s it. Year 2018 is in the books. Kudos to all of you who managed to get past all the pics and text.
I’ll be back in a few weeks - over and out.