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Made my mileage goal for the year(27 posts)

Made my mileage goal for the yearPaulCL
Dec 13, 2001 10:45 AM
While 3000 miles may not be a lot for some of you, its' my largest annual miles ever. I did a short 17 mile ride at lunch today to cross over to 3002. The way I look at it, I rarely am able to ride more than 9 months per year, so 3000 isn't bad for a married man with three very active kids. The frustrating part is that I finished September with 2850 miles - it's been real tough squeezing those last 150 miles in through bad weather, sickness, mechanicals, etc.

Next year: 4000 miles!
I'm adding mine up right now...biknben
Dec 13, 2001 10:59 AM
I also just passed the 3k mark. I figure that's good for a MTB racer. I also have about 750 mile on the MTB.

I'll have to repost with the official totals later.

Congrats!!! Sure, others can do more but the number isn't what matters. Set a goal, reach it, then set it higher.
goals are good.terry brownell
Dec 13, 2001 11:18 AM
Congratulations on your accomplishment! It's not easy to have a life and a lot of miles.

I just topped 4k mile on the road this past Sunday. Used to ride about 50/50 Road/MTB - this year I have 29 miles on the dirt. Funny how addicting speed can be. Goal-wise, I did it a little bit differently - I challenged myself to make each month's total during 2001 better than any previous total for the corresponding month in earlier years (Jan 2001 > Jan 00, Jan 99, Jan 98, etc.) It was more interesting to me than just saying "more miles." The result was an increase from about 2500 miles last year to about 4100 this year (and I'm not done yet.) Also had a goal that said each month in 2001 would be in the Top Ten all time months but that was hard to do - the existing Top ten was made up of Junes, Julys and Augusts. Not easy for a January to compete with a July. As it was though I only missed 2 times. Goals are good, they keep you improving.
goals are good.PaulCL
Dec 13, 2001 11:52 AM
I agree. I set goals for riding, for my business, and personal life each year. Call them New Year's resolutions, but if you don't set goals, you can't achieve success, in my belief.

By way of anecdotal evidence...if memory serves...there was a survey of the graduating class of Harvard B-School of about 1965 or so twenty five years after graduation. Those who had written down goals upon graduation (a suggestion to the entire class) succeeded more than the rest of the class combined. Not that monetary success is everything, but when 3% (yes, 3%) outproduce 97%, there must be something to goal setting.
OK, I'm a geek...Cartman
Dec 13, 2001 11:50 AM
Since snow has fallen here in MA, I haven't been riding, so I have loads of extra time. My yearly total so far is 4231. I exceeded last years mileage of 3911. I aslo had the time since I haven't been riding due to road conditions to do a little more math:
April--------672.57 miles
May----------805.52 "
June---------510.23 "
July---------334.45 "
August-------380.98 "
September----396.39 "
October------439.1 "
November-----373.20 "
December-----132.76 "
Jan,Feb,Mar--135.80 "

The winter here in MA was terrible last year, so no big mileage months there. This weekend looks like I may get some riding in. Oh well, I'm off to the gym, I'm trying to better my swim so that I can do some more triathalons next year.
My mileage go—Elefantino
Dec 13, 2001 11:59 AM
I was well on the way, but had this little thingy crop up in July.

Here's what's really weird. I re-attached my FlightDeck over the weekend ... and when I spun the wheel to center the magnet on my new Vector Comps, the mileage read "2002."

Spooky.
re: Made my mileage goal for the yeartotrod
Dec 13, 2001 12:19 PM
We're on the same wave length... I had a goal of 2000 miles this year, after (just) reaching my goal of 1000 in y2k. So, next year's goal is 4000, but I think the real acheivement may be to complete RAMROD.

Oh yeah... this year's results... I have passed 3200 and still riding.

Bill.... for whom riding is the best therapy ever.
that was also my goal this year: 3000 miles...Js Haiku Shop
Dec 13, 2001 12:21 PM
it was an arbitrary number, since i only tracked miles for part of the year last year, and this was my first year of 'serious' road riding. currently, my mileage stands at 4414.81 (remember, 3000 mile goal), and i still have two weeks.

would've hit 5000 if not for DST ending. stupid nature!

next year's goal(s): 5000+ miles, a 12-hour time trial event and possibly a 24-hour time trial event. to achieve these, i'll be riding weekly centuries on saturday mornings. this year (later in the season) i was riding 60-80 miles on saturday mornings. again, small beans for some (Dog!), but for those of us with families, a big deal.

I am a family man with a young son (toddler) and an arm-long list of "HONEY-DOs."

congrats on reaching your mileage goal!!!
Shattered mine!look271
Dec 13, 2001 12:27 PM
My goal was 3k, too. As of now I have just a tick under 3900 and if the weather continues to be mild, I could see
4k! That sort of screws up my initial goal for next year, though, which was 4k. Guess I'll have to try for 5!
re: Made my mileage goal for the yearraboboy
Dec 13, 2001 12:31 PM
Well, as I just got into the sport in late August I only had about 600 miles and my lack of cold weather riding clothes hasn't helped. I am going to give myself a large goal for next year. 3000 sounds good. :)

I'm very glad to hear that it is possible to pack on miles with a family since me and my wife may be starting one soon.
Riding the same boathikerryank
Dec 13, 2001 12:59 PM
I'm in pretty much the same boat. Just started in Aug and am at the 700 mile mark. Was aiming for 1000 so I'd say I'm going to end a little short. May have to cheat and add in my miles on the MTB to reach the goal. Good luck with the family.
hikerryank
Family constraintsPaulCL
Dec 13, 2001 1:23 PM
You can't ride as much with the family - but you won't want to. I squeeze in 60-70 on Sunday early AMs, 35+ on Wednesday AMs and one or two lunch workouts to total about 130-150 per week. With a family, I have chosen to give up sleep to ride - better than giving up time playing with the kids.

Starting next Spring, my wife will be taking my son (now 3) to church so I'll be able to ramp up my Sunday mileage to 90+. I'm looking forward to next spring for that, but I'll miss my play time with my son.

Good luck with the family. The conception part is only half the fun!
Goal was 5200 miles. I'm at 5066. No problem (nm)Dave Hickey
Dec 13, 2001 2:12 PM
slacker!your conscience
Dec 13, 2001 3:13 PM
nm
2 and half weeks to go 133 miles. I'll make it (nm)Dave Hickey
Dec 13, 2001 4:02 PM
sorry, make that 134 miles (nm)Dave Hickey
Dec 13, 2001 4:03 PM
re: Made my mileage goal for the yearLLSmith
Dec 13, 2001 2:39 PM
I have not set a specific mileage goal for 2002.I hope to end up with around 4000. The thing that is most important to me right now is increasing my average distance and speed.Most all of my rides over 25 miles only averaged 15mph. I would like to be at 17 mph and get my average ride distance from the low/mid 20's to the mid 30's.My goal for 2001 was 4000 miles and I ended up in the low 3000's. Two of the three rides I took after the end of September resulted in crash/falls.I figured it would be smarter to wait until around the first of the year to start riding again.
Funny...Starliner
Dec 13, 2001 2:47 PM
It's interesting to see that several goals were at the 3K level, for that's mine too. I did 3K last year, including two centuries, but this year I only had 1200 road miles by August (not including MTB miles). I was afraid I wasn't going to match what I did in 2000, but at end of summer I decided to make a committment to race in 2002. I guess I must have picked up the pace, for I have about 50 miles to go to break 3K road miles for this year.
Interesting...I never keep track really.Ahimsa
Dec 13, 2001 4:50 PM
Just never really thought about it too much. I suppose if you blokes race it would be very important to track progress in training, eh?

As for me, the only numbers I have available (since I don't run a computer) are my commute miles. Roughly 14 miles 5 days a week 52 weeks a year. Hmmmmm....that's 3640

I'd be willing to round that to 3000 to account for a few days were riding is impossible due to severe snow or illness and 640 miles is a lot of miles to subtract just for that, so I figure it's a fairly conservative estimate. Interesting to hear that this is a common "goal" number.

Easy to rack up miles commuting I guess.

I have a wireless Vetta comp laying around that I should set up on my daily and get all my other rides tallied for 2002.

Maybe, just maybe I get around to that. Nah, prolly not.

Cheers!

A.
3000 last year, just over 5700 this year.Mike P
Dec 13, 2001 5:07 PM
Last year was my first real year of road riding; I rode just over 3000 for that year; and was pleased with that.

This year I was shooting for 4800. Due to the nice weather we have been having, I have managed 5767 so far this year. Not that I expect to ride too much more before 1/1. Another thing helping me this year has been adopting an attitude of "Ride every chance I get" instead of making a plan containing exactly how many miles to ride each day.

Maybe 7000 next year???

A chicken is an eggs way of producing more eggs,
Mike
re: Made my mileage goal for the yearfirstrax
Dec 13, 2001 8:44 PM
I drove across the country with the bike in the back seat. Do those miles count. If so, im at 7500 for the year.
I'm over mine...butrtolle
Dec 13, 2001 9:34 PM
Well, I'm over my goal for the year of 4000 miles but the problem is 1500 of those miles came over a 16 day period riding through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming,Montana and South Dakota. It was an awsome trip but I've kinda been slacking since. I'm just not near as motivated when it gets cold. I gotta work on that!
nopeJesse Smith
Dec 13, 2001 10:22 PM
I was shooting for 10k. I'm at 8515 so far. Broken up, that's 6058 on the training/racing bike and 2457 on the fixed-gear commuter. I took a couple weeks off at the start of the summer, and took most of September and all of October off after getting a cold and burning out. I have one more year of college left, but it'll be hard to have as much free time as I had this year.
re: Made my mileage goal for the yearmorey
Dec 14, 2001 5:18 AM
I live in Florida, therefore I get to ride all year. As of 12/13/01 4750 miles.
First year I didn't keep trackRay Sachs
Dec 14, 2001 6:17 AM
I got into cycling about six year ago. First season I did 2,000 miles and my first century. Second season I got real serious about training for a long tour, rode too much and was at 5,500 by the end of the year. Almost burned out from that. Ramped back after that and have been right around 4,000-4,500 each year since. Late last year I discovered the joy of riding without a computer and vowed to ride with one as little as possible this year. With a computer on just one of my bikes (and not the one I do most of my miles on), I had more fun riding this year than ever before. I'm sure I rode at least 4,000 miles because I rode a lot, we had relatively mild spring and fall weather, and I did a lot more all-day rides than most years - I might well have gone over 5,000, but without any of the burnout I had a few years ago.

Goals are ok, but if you love riding, you'll do plenty of it regardless.

-Ray
I still hope to get to 4K, only 300 more and 10 days of vacationBruno S
Dec 14, 2001 8:33 AM
I live in So Cal so weather is not a problem. I am not counting trainer miles and I mostly only ride during the weekends. Run and weightlift during the week. I still need to sum up my total of training hours for the year.
way to gosalmonwheel
Dec 14, 2001 10:01 AM
I did 3,000 last year for the first time, and I set 4000 as my goal for this year and this year I stopped keeping track at 4,300 some time in September. I only have two kids, but putting on miles seems to get easier when you need longer rides to train.