2015 By the Numbers

2015 Heat MapThis year I was able to ride a personal best 4271 miles, including 1032 miles on the trainer and 565 commuter miles. That brings the total for my Altamira 2.7 (Phoenix) to 3854 miles (since August 30, 2014) and 1583 trainer miles (of 3245 miles total) on the Altamira 2.5 (Crimson Ride) since my August 11, 2014 crash. I’ve almost ridden as many trainer miles on the 2.5 as I had before the crash.

Of the 8824 miles I ridden since the “Drew Renaissance,” July 15, 2013, 77% have been road miles and 23% on the trainer. I enjoyed two organized event rides this year, the Icicle Metric Century in Newark, DE on March 28 and the Amish Century in Dover, DE on September 12 (my longest ride, 103 miles). The hurricane winds prevented me from riding the Seagull Century in Salisbury. Next year!

On November 21, 2015, I began commuting at Whatcoat. I had logged 463 miles commuting to and from Asbury UMC in the first half of the year, but this was a new kind of “purer” commuting on the hybrid, in my work clothes. I logged 76 miles commuting in December, or 14% of my total miles for the month (532). The road/trainer split was 54% (288)/32% (168), but December was a trainer heavy month. I’m finishing Week 5 of the SF 10-week Novice Training plan, much as I began 2014. Only this time I can eat, as I  am no longer losing weight while training.

My cost per mile remains high. This year, I added a Shimano 105 compact chainset/chain and BB, Revolution REV27 wheels, and purchased the rest of the SF videos and WKO4 for Mac upgrade – in addition to lights and commuter gear. I will no doubt have to replace some items due to normal wear and tear, but I’m hopeful that I can get the cost per mile well south of a dollar. This is an expensive sport/hobby. But a rewarding one.

Finding Jesus – The Cure for Our Worry

151227-GraphicSermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Bo Gordy-Stith at Whatcoat UMC on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 as part of an Advent series: The Waiting Room (Doctor Luke Prepares Us for the Master Healer). Sermon text: Luke 2:41-52. The key verse is Luke 2:49:

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Happiness is Believing in God’s Promises

151220-GraphicSermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Vicki Gordy-Stith at Whatcoat UMC on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 as part of an Advent series: The Waiting Room (Doctor Luke Prepares Us for the Master Healer). Sermon text: Luke 1:39-45. The key verse is Luke 1:45:

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!