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What is your goal.......Len J
Jul 24, 2001 4:05 AM
for this years riding?, and have you done it yet?

To improve, most of us need goals. Here we are, almost the end of July, and I was wondering what goals you all have set for yourselves this year & how you are doing in attaining them. In striving for them, what else have you learned that you didn't expect?

I ask this because I'm at that time in training for my goal where I'm geeting tired of it, it's far enough away to not be real yet, yet close enough that I need to stay serious. Remembering & naming my goals helps me stay motivated.

Mine is to do a 6 day 500 mile ride across Alaska. I'm on schedule for both the training & the fundraising (actually I have exceeding the minimum on fundraising). I'm learning many things about preparing for this ride that I didn't anticipate. (Duh), I naively thought that all's I had to worry about was training, I'm learning how much logistics are involved. It's been fun.

So how about you? What your goal this year?
re: What is your goal.......ScottH
Jul 24, 2001 5:09 AM
My goal was to compete solo a 12 hour mountain bike race in June. Although I didn't train like I should have, I raced anyway and took 3rd place.

My next goal, if I can mainntain my form over the winter, is to take a shot at 1st place next year. It will be difficult to say the least. The top to racers this year were a lap ahead of me. That comes out to at least an hours time to make up just for 2nd place.

Motivation has been my biggest problem. I despise cold weather and most winters I stuggle to get in one ride a week.

Good luck.
To not die of a heart attack ...Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2001 5:23 AM
... I ride to keep my heart healthy, and to get generally more fit. It seems to be working.

Since I don't race, my distance goals are more modest than most of you have. I originally intended to do 3000 miles this year, about 60 per week. Very early this year I got well ahead of that, so upped my goal to 70 per week. I got a little behind when I moved from CA to VA a few months ago, and started trying to make it up.

Two weeks ago I did 143 miles. Last week I did 190.4 miles. I'm now over a week AHEAD of my goals. If I keep up this trend, if Doug Sloan don't watch out I may pass him on the RAAM!
All this on a cruiser, too!bike_junkie
Jul 24, 2001 6:39 AM
HH, you are the MAN!
Today it was 10 miles at 12 mph ...Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2001 10:27 AM
... I spent it ALL on Saturday.
Actually, not quite all is on the cruiser ...Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2001 10:54 AM
Early this year, while the cruiser was being repainted, I put about 210 miles on the MTB (with street slicks). Since then, the MTB has gotten about 15 miles, mostly honest mountainbiking on an honest mountain.

Then there was the 3-week period waiting for coasterbrake parts. During that period, out-of-my-mind desperate for something to ride, I put 243 miles on my wife's lady's 3-speed, chromed fenders and all. I actually was starting to like that silly thing - has skinny tires, long legs, and would be a decent rain bike.
To not die of a heart attack ...AD14
Jul 24, 2001 7:05 AM
Thats why I ride too- and for the endorphins. Its working. I am losing weight, feeling better and have justified my new frame purchase as a result. I rode hard with a friend this weekend but I enjoyed the next days recovery ride just as much. To me its enough at 45 to get out there and participate in this sport we love and do it for a long time to come knowing its fun and healthy.
508 miles in 35 hoursDog
Jul 24, 2001 5:37 AM
The Furnace Creek 508 race ( ), October 13, is 508 miles. My goal is to do it under 35 hours. Along the way, I've had a few other goals, mostly related to double centuries (Terrible Two under 13 hours) and hilly events. Not achieving them all, but they are good training nonetheless.

Just achieved a little goal this last weekend. There is a nasty 3.5 mile climb on the Climb to Kaiser route near here that goes 20% for nearly 2 miles. I wanted to ride it under 34 minutes (as some of my team mates have), and did it in 33:55. It was like an uphill timetrial, going as hard as I could over 20%+ sections up to 7,000 feet elevation. Gotta have little goals, too.

The 508 in 35 hours should be approximate RAAM qualifying time. When qualified, you then have 3 years to do RAAM. That's my lifetime cycling goal -- to complete RAAM officially. I've wanted to ride across American since I was a kid, and what better way to do it?

Suffer across America?mr_spin
Jul 24, 2001 7:25 AM
Qualifying for RAAM would be impressive, but I can't imagine RAAM is the most enjoyable way to ride across America. I doubt you would remember seeing any of it!
Suffer across America?Dog
Jul 24, 2001 7:32 AM
You are probably right. The night parts you certainly won't remember, and the day parts will likely be a blur. But, I can't take a month or so to do it at a more sane pace, like with a PAC Tour or alone.

When, and if, I retire, I'd like to do a crossing with tent, panniers, the whole bit, taking as long as necessary to see everything and have fun. That's what I really want to do.

That is one of the....Len J
Jul 24, 2001 7:40 AM
ten things on my list to do before I die. Ride across the Country, take 90 days or so & really see the country. One of the reasons I am doing Alaska is because, while I can't take 6 to 8 weeks off to ride across America, I can take a week off & ride across Alaska.

When I retire I will do this. (Although probably not at your pace Doug.)

This is another example of making a goal real by communicating it. I get excited just thinking about it

Big Creekgrzy mnky
Jul 24, 2001 8:35 AM
My wife's dad is a retired CalTrans civil engineer he said he's measured the Big Creek grade at 17%. I guess that would be the overall average?
Big CreekDog
Jul 24, 2001 9:43 AM
I think that's over all. It flattens quite a bit near the top, and in one 40 yard section about 1/2 mile from the bottom. At the point where you see a little blue and yellow sign on the right that says "Fire Area 533", it's over 20%. This is about 2/3's of the way up.

Of course, the measuring depends upon what part you consider "the hill." For timing purposes, we measure from the Huntington Lake sign in Big Creek to the dam at Huntington.

What better way to do it?davee
Jul 24, 2001 5:14 PM
Have you considered touring and seeing the country? I don't have time either, but hope to someday.
re: What is your goal.......PaulCL
Jul 24, 2001 5:54 AM
Three primary goals:
1. Ride 2000 miles by mid July in prep for a trip to Colorado. I only got to 1880 miles due to any injury earlier this month.
2. Drop 15lbs or more. From my Christmas peak of 203, I hit 185 1/2 two weeks ago. Now I don't look anymore. Hardest goal to achieve.
3. Get better on hills. Instead of taking routes around hills, I purposely took hilly routes. I also took one lunch per week to do hill repeaters on a local 0.4 mile steep hill. Weight training offseason. Achieved the goal?? I'll let you know. I think so.

Annual Goal: Total mileage for the year of 3500-4000 miles. Ask me in October. to the mountains of Colorado on Saturday....YEAH!!
Where in Colorado?Vlad the Impaler
Jul 24, 2001 3:22 PM
Being from Colorado myself I was just curious about where you're headed out here? And where are you coming from?
Stronger, faster, more powermr_spin
Jul 24, 2001 6:50 AM
For no good reason at all since I don't race. Just something to do, I guess. It's better than sitting on the couch eating Twinkies.
No crashes, 5K NMDINOSAUR
Jul 24, 2001 7:10 AM
re: What is your goal.......Eames
Jul 24, 2001 7:16 AM
4000 miles by the end of the year. 5 centuries in one year. Keep my wife motivated to ride with me for the rest of the year.

Currently I have 2,500+ miles on the year and 3 centuries. I was going to try Ride Around Mount Rainer in One Day ( RAMROD ) this year but I didn't get my butt registered in time. Most of my goals revolve around the Seattle To Portland ( STP ), now that that is done we switch to more of an off season/having fun mode.

Goals for next year are to complete a double century with my wife.
re: What is your goal.......Cliff Oates
Jul 24, 2001 7:17 AM
My goals were to ride 6000 miles and do the Death Ride (which roughly corresponded this year with the 2nd anniversary of my stopping smoking -- 'tis an appropriate way to celebrate that change). Then I biffed on Father's Day and I'm off the bike for a couple of months with a broken wrist and associated external hardware. My revised goal will be to do another century, maybe two, in October. I have 2600 miles in for the year so far, we'll see where they end up.

Beyond that, I'm with Hummah. I want to live forever, or at least a goodly long time. I'll probably have a better chance at succeeding if I remember to keep the rubber side down.
mileage, weight, eventsHaiku d'état
Jul 24, 2001 7:21 AM
mileage goal = 3000
actual to date = 2322.24
note: actually expect 3500-4000

weight goal = maintain sub-200 pounds after 40lb weightloss over 2000-01 winter
actual to date = high has been 201, low 193
note: i've found that i can up my mileage and lower my caloric intake, avoid certain foods, and well hydrate to lose 2-4 pounds very quickly

event goal = complete first century and ms-150
actual to date = completed 3 state/3 mountain chattanooga century, an ambitious first century to be sure
new event goal = 300k (186 mile ride) 9/1
note: initial century targeted still approaching (end of sept). ms-150 also end of sept.
several goalsDuane Gran
Jul 24, 2001 7:43 AM
I have a few goals this year:

  1. Ride 10,000 miles in the calendar year
  2. Ride a sub hour 40k TT
  3. Get a top 3 placement in one of my main calendar races

So far I'm on track with goal #1 as I have ridden about 6,500 miles so far this year, averaging around 250 miles per week in the good weather and 150 in the bad weather.

Goal #2 feels attainable, but I won't know for another month or so. Goal #3 still feels mysterious and may not happen. It is the least important of my goals, but would really feel good if I pull it off. In the big picture I do have the goal of improved health and fitness, but I have come to accept that the rigors of racing discounts some fitness benefits. Besides, in the big scheme there isn't much total fitness difference (as it applies to quality of life) between riding 2,000 miles a year or 10,000.
re: What is your goal.......Starliner
Jul 24, 2001 7:44 AM
I want to compete in some races. Did my first (and only) road race last year but haven't done any crits as of yet. Hope to enter my first one in about two weeks.

Otherwise, in attempt to move up the hills quicker, I'm slowly trying to lose a few pounds down to 190 from 200 and at 195 am halfway there.

Some areas I'm working on don't have real benchmarks, but I do gauge improvement by trusting my intuitive feel. These include riding comfort while in the drops, staying in a spinning mode vs. mashing, higher cadence pedalling, high speed cornering while descending, etc.
Ok, here goes...Greg Taylor
Jul 24, 2001 7:46 AM
My goals...

Annual Mileage: Target 8,000 (have 4,000 now, might not make it at this rate)

Trips: Bike Virginia (done! Check out the pictures at

Event Goals: Seagull Century at a 23.5 average (broke 22mph last year riding with "the gang". Hey, it's flat...)

A "good" showing (top half of field) in Sport Class at an upcoming Mountain Bike event this fall in Fredericksburg, VA.

A "good" showing (again, top half of my class) in a USCF-sanctioned cyclocross race this fall.
This link actually works...Greg Taylor
Jul 24, 2001 9:10 AM
re: What is your goal.......GTrider215
Jul 24, 2001 8:27 AM
my goal is to do my first century in september.
Being a "mentor"...RhodyRider
Jul 24, 2001 8:40 AM my newbie friend. I've subjugated my personal goals this season in the interests of guiding/coaching/heckling a friend in his first season on a road bike. I've been working him relentlessly toward TFCE on September 9th, which will be his first Century. Considering he only purchased his Trek in mid-May, he is doing well. It has been a sharp learning curve for him, and has often taken time away from his wife & two sons, but he is very enthusiastic and it has been all fun. I think I will be as satisfied as he will be when he crosses the line after 100. Another convert is in the fold, people!
Gzzz...I need a friend / coach like you! (good job (nm))Mabero
Jul 24, 2001 8:59 AM
If you live in Rhode Island/S. New England, come join us! (nm)RhodyRider
Jul 24, 2001 9:07 AM
Seacoast Area in New Hampshire (nm) darn!Mabero
Jul 24, 2001 9:23 AM
Big ones, little ones...MrCelloBoy
Jul 24, 2001 9:25 AM
I won't bore you with the individual steps, but the BIG picture is:
1.) Ride the Davis Double on the tandem with my sweetie. (Her 1st Dbl.)

2.) Do the Terrible two for my 2nd time.

3.) Do the Knoxville Double and qualify for the CA Triple Crown.
2001 GoalsJon Billheimer
Jul 24, 2001 10:12 AM
Do to my work schedule this year I had to shelve one of my goals, which was to do one of the Calif. double centuries (combined with a vacation and reunion with wife's relatives).

So my revised goals are:

1)Ride 6000 mi. for the year. So far I'm ahead of schedule and on track for around 7000.
2) Break 1:10 on a 40K TT and achieve my age-standard time. Just achieved that one by 6 secs. the other day. Surprised myself!
3) Break 33 min. on a 20K TT. Not done yet. The two I've done were on hilly, windy courses (excuses, excuses!). But the times are coming down.
4) Learn to periodize my training effectively. Train with an annual plan. That's been my big lesson this year and it's working well.
re: What is your goal.......Cartman
Jul 24, 2001 11:05 AM
Well, my goal changed earlier in the season. I startedt he Boston Brevet series, and wanted to do the 2,3,4 and possibly 600K brevets. A knee injury in the 300k forced me to drastically reduce my mileage. I can still do the local time trials, and I'm darn close to 30 minutes for 12 miles. My best so far is 31:16. I'd like to beat that before the time trial season ends in September.
re: What is your goal.......Dutchy
Jul 24, 2001 5:23 PM
My goal this year was to really make the riding enjoyable, not a chore. Sometimes when I take it too seriously it starts to lose it's FUN factor. So I stay motivated by riding shorter distances more often at a higher average speed. I ride solo, not a member of a club (that's a another story), so the riding can become bit "stale" at times. This year and last year, I decided to ride a few more flat rides, less hills just to mix it up a bit more, after years of only riding hills. My brother has finally given up his MTB to buy a road bike so I am looking forward to some good hard riding. I am also trying hard to keep things happy with my marriage by not talking about riding every second breath, and spending less money on stuff I can't really justify. Also I "give up" rides on good days sometimes if my wife has made other plans, after all marriage is a two way street.

My goal this year was to ride 5000k/3000m and I have covered 3200k/2000m so far, I might get to 6000k at this rate as summer is still to come (Australia).

Like I have said I'm not in a club, I don't race, I don't even shave my legs (wife won't let me), but I still get out there 3-4 times a week and just enjoy this amazing sport.
re: What is your goal.......JL
Jul 24, 2001 7:03 PM
My first "full" year of riding, and I've scheduled my first Century (Dog Daze) for August 11. My old roommate(his first century too) is coming down and it's been both our "goals".
I don't have as much milage as lot of you (1200), but I injured my knee with new bikitus in June. I completed my first Metric Century before the knee injury though. I have another Century in October & maybe one in September I'd like to do too, but I'll see how the first one goes. Other than that, this year's goal has been just ride a lot and as often as possible.

Happy Riding