The year is coming to end fast and I began to wonder what if any kind of improvements I have been able to accomplish this cycling year/season. Often it seems difficult to gauge any overall improvements unless you have a particular hill, for example, that has challenged you and now you can make that climb much easier than ever ! I'm going to use one ride from October of last year and compare it to that same ride I did yesterday. Last October 11th I/we (Andy & I) rode Dutton, 36.1 miles, 1274 ft of accent, in 2 hrs 16 min. with an 17 mph avg. We did that same ride today in 1hr 55 min. with an avg to 19.3 mph avg. A 21 minute improvement ! While a slightly better than 2 mph avg increase may not seem much, ask anybody that races (most look for 1/10's of seconds improvements) what 2 mph advantage would mean in a race ! HUGE difference ! Glad to be able to see an improvement. While that may compare to CAT anything racing, for me personally, I feel it's a great improvement in 1 years time. I feel I can improve even further next year ! Looking forward to another challenging year ! -------EDIT--------- I thought to put perspective to this post and why I feel it's such an accomplishment for me I would add this: I'm a 48 year old male that smoked 2 packs a day and could exceed that on a weekend and part of the reason I started to ride in the first place was because I wheezed just sitting in a chair ! My first ride of 5 miles brought thoughts like these people are NUTS and that was only 2 years ago !