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Never thought I’d do that, never really wanted to.(23 posts)

Never thought I’d do that, never really wanted to.MB1
Apr 8, 2002 8:59 AM
I've been riding hard since '69, guess my total miles are somewhere around 300,000. Haven't had many goals lately mostly just ride to have a good time.

Sometime in January 2001 while sitting in the kitchen I asked Miss M if she had any goals for the year. She said she'd like to ride every day for a year. Well that seemed like a nice hard goal so I guess I agreed that it would make a fine achievement. Then I did the guy thing and forgot about it.

April 8, 2001 I flew back home from California and Miss M drove home from Pennsylvania. That was the last day we went without a bike ride. Miss M made it until 2 weeks ago when she got scary sick (she is fine now thanks) and took a couple of days off.

In the last year I have ridden 16,300+miles, averaging 44.7 miles everyday, did 64 centuries and setting all sorts of nutty personal records. The one that I find kind of amazing is that I averaged 106 miles for Saturday.

Miss M in the same time has ridded about 2,000 miles more than me-her commute is longer. She doesn't seem to mind that I made it and she didn't (I think mostly she is glad to be healthy and still have a goal).

I'm not sure what to think about the whole thing, it has been a weird year. I could miss seeing the Pentagon burn for one thing. It was scary to ride home from work that day although seeing all the flags sprout up everywhere for the next couple of weeks gave we a nice warm feeling.

Goals are more fun to try for than to reach. Keep trying everyone.

I don't know how you do it,Softrider
Apr 8, 2002 9:09 AM
but it is truely amazing!
That's amazing!Len J
Apr 8, 2002 9:12 AM
Whenever I think myself a dedicated rider, I remind myself of you & your wife.

How the hell do you come up with a "stretch" goal for this year?

Do you ever tire of it?


I wish I had so much time and supportcyclopathic
Apr 8, 2002 9:21 AM
good work Mark and Mercedes this is a worthy goal!

btw since days getting longer how do you guys feel about doing Skyline drive roundtrip?
We will be focusing on the Brevets for the next few months.MB1
Apr 8, 2002 9:50 AM
Might do skyline with Chuck & Crista in September.
Holy smokin' rubber, Batman, this guy & Miss M deserveSlipstream
Apr 8, 2002 9:30 AM
our respect! Bravo Zulu!

There has to be some great stories locked in those miles that you can share with us. Please....

btw, what does MB1 stand for--more biking, my bianchi, mo betta, mileage buster, mean biker? just curious ;>)
Miss M & I have the same initials "MB".MB1
Apr 8, 2002 9:38 AM
So I am MB1, to avoid that competition of who is better I call her Miss M instead of MB2 or MB0.
Must confess feeling envious.RoyGBiv
Apr 8, 2002 9:32 AM
What a laudable goal and sincerest congratulations on achieving it.
I wish I could do that, but riding in a foot of snow isn't pleasant, if not impossible.
Here's to an encore.
Brian C.
Love to ride in snow!MB1
Apr 8, 2002 9:39 AM
One of my regrets this winter was how little snow we had (and how much wind). I've posted a couple of pictures of us riding in the snow, you could probably find them in the archives.
hmm.. i'll give it a try.colker
Apr 8, 2002 9:45 AM
ride everyday. did you have any back or knee pain?
Wrists and neck pains mostly.MB1
Apr 8, 2002 9:48 AM
Although at one time or another everything hurt. Riding usually took care of the soreness-one way or another.
wrist pain... ahh. how to get rid of it?colker
Apr 8, 2002 10:04 AM
i can live with neck pain but the wrist pain scare me a bit. it also interferes with the other less important activity: work.
Switch bikes.MB1
Apr 8, 2002 10:15 AM
I have wrist problems when I ride one bike too much. They are a reminder of racing/crashing days long ago. I move my hands around a lot while riding-changing bikes helps a lot too. The ATB fits different than the track bike, than the tandem, than the 'crosser and so on.

Wrist curls and playing the guitar seem to help too.
hmm.. could install an mtb riser bar on the pinarello.colker
Apr 8, 2002 11:52 AM
post pictures here and make people sick.could be banned form this site.
cool; what's next?RideLots
Apr 8, 2002 9:50 AM
Yes, I'm still envious.

What are the future plans and goals?

Age gracefully and die?MB1
Apr 8, 2002 10:00 AM
I didn't have any goals when we started this foolishness. I'm thinking a good goal would to ride with as many folks here as I can manage.

All I really want is a haiku of my own!
Suddenly my goal seems pretty meagerlaffeaux
Apr 8, 2002 10:02 AM
My goal for the year was 3,000 miles total of which I wanted 1,000 to be off-road. My stretch goal is 5,000.

In comparison to you my goals seem small. Thanks for the added inspiration!
re: Never thought I’d do that, never really wanted to.harlett
Apr 8, 2002 10:17 AM
i've always admired your will-- you and your wife are not only aging gracefully but also with grace--
isn't the setting of goals just a way to sustain our wills?

breathe in and breathe out
breathe in the essence of life
breathe out what is not
You got me thinking...Ray Sachs
Apr 8, 2002 11:08 AM
I didn't ride EVERY day for the past year, but there have been very few days over the past three or four years (since I started commuting full-time) that I haven't been on a bike at all. The very occasional work day where I have to take my car and that lasts until late evening maybe, but mostly while on vacation and away from the bike. I'd guess I ride between 330-350 days most years. What REALLY amazed me about your feat is the mileage. A LOT of the days I ride, I only ride the 4 mile round trip to work, or some days only a quick trip to the store (could be as little as a mile). My annual mileage is about 4,500 so I'm only averaging about 12-13 miles per day with most days under 5 miles (offset by my rec rides, which are generally between 40-80 miles). Those short days take nothing out of me, but really getting out and riding some distance every day would kick my butt. The distances you're riding at that frequency sound fairly scarey to me.

Way to be.

Congratulations! Something to be proud of........Sharky
Apr 8, 2002 11:25 AM
and for the Mrs, glad to hear she is healthy!
Oh yada yada yada...I think you're just whacked...Spinchick
Apr 8, 2002 12:46 PM
;-). Couldn't POSSIBLY be jealous, could I???

Should I even attain half the fitness level you and Miss M have when I reach that age, I will be surprised and happy.
Ride 1000 miles this year.MB1
Apr 9, 2002 5:01 AM
It's possible even with everything you have going on.

The increase your miles every year by 10%. In 30 years you will be just like us. It is not that hard to do if you just take small steps.
re: Never thought I’d do that, never really wanted to.DankFrank
Apr 9, 2002 10:42 AM
Crazy nice mileage! I get nowhere near that much, but some day perhaps...

Watch for me on the MV path :) I'm back and forth from the MV end to AP2 in CC everyday on a loud yellow Lotto frame.