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Cycling related goals for 2003???(30 posts)

Cycling related goals for 2003???abicirider
Dec 29, 2002 8:41 AM
It would be interesting to see what everybodys cycling related goals are for the new year.
Happy New Year and be safe out there on the bike
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Cycling related goals for 2003???TREKY
Dec 29, 2002 8:58 AM
Complete at least 3 centuries and ride 5k miles with no spills.
re: Cycling related goals for 2003???flying
Dec 29, 2002 6:16 PM
Well after seeing MB's milage I should say ride more... much more ;-) No I am happy with my 5000 range

1)What I would like is to get the body fat % down a bit not that I am very high now but I can stand to drop some fat. I know I am never going back to 7% but 0 love handle would be nice ;-)

2)I want to do better in the State 40k TT
re: Cycling related goals for 2003???Lone Gunman
Dec 29, 2002 9:38 AM
Just was sending out some "feelers" to riders to try and get small groups of riders together to do some rides. Have you looked at the CNC 2003 route? WOW, epic ride.

I plan to do less "pay rides", hope to get small groups together to travel short distances and ride other places than the home turf. Maybe organize a 9.11 memorial ride from Pittsburgh to Shanksville in September. It is about 100 miles or so.

We shall see, new job is on the horizon.
re: Cycling related goals for 2003???Qubeley
Dec 29, 2002 9:49 AM
1. Upgrade to cat.3
2. Try out track racing
3. Join a team
re: Cycling related goals for 2003???cydswipe
Dec 29, 2002 11:58 AM
I am setting goals of:
1.Get 2000 miles in.
2.Lose 15 lbs.
3.Learn more about the mechanical/fix it myself aspect of cycling.

With a job related move on the horizon and our baby due in July, these will have to suffice.
Cycling related goals for 2003Tig
Dec 29, 2002 1:11 PM
Ride more or more consistantly.

Continue with current progress (thanks to fixed gear riding).

Race more. Win/place in some masters races.

Continue the current trend of not crashing on the road.

It looks like the key word is "more"!
Ride less-a lot less.MB1
Dec 29, 2002 3:24 PM
Of course I may have to get a divorce first. ;-)

I'm thinking riding just 12,000-15,000 miles and only 52 centuries or so would be nice.
You're dreaming!Len J
Dec 29, 2002 4:19 PM
you know you love it.

BTW, What are Miss M's goals for 2003.

...a century a day?
...a double century a week??


My real goal is to ride with more RBR posters.MB1
Dec 29, 2002 4:23 PM
and I suppose lurkers too.

Miss M's goal is the same as always, stay healthy and enjoy what we do.
Dec 29, 2002 7:32 PM
The two of you should do a 2 rider team RAAM together. Heck, you don't have to do equal miles...

You three should team up!Humma Hah
Dec 30, 2002 10:02 AM
I can just picture it now, you, Mark, and Miss M pacelining across America, diagonally, leaving smoking asphalt behind you!

On your fixies!
oh my aching knees... :-) nmDougSloan
Dec 30, 2002 10:37 AM
MB - Probably a very dumb question...VertAddict
Dec 30, 2002 12:34 PM
OK, this is my first year doing road riding since high school, and then it was purely recreational. I tend to mostly ride alone so far, and I'm trying to establish a reasonable set of expectations for myself.


I am right in assuming you are kidding about your mileage goals? I'm not sure which answer to that question is more unpleasant to me, "of course I was kidding you idiot", or "of course I was serious you idiot". I really don't know just how much other people ride, but I know you are legendary for your ride reports on this site.

So, if those are your real goals - wow. You ride (on average) a century every week? And you average 41 miles a day for the year? Please let me know. And a secondary question - where do you find the time? Are you retired?
What can I say, the wife likes to ride.....MB1
Dec 30, 2002 1:17 PM
I'll have about 17,300 miles this year, 73 100mile days and on, and on, and on.

Miss M will have around 10-15% more miles than me. I don't think she will hit 20,000 miles for the year though.
As Steve Martin said in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels...VertAddict
Dec 30, 2002 1:32 PM
"WOW! WA-HA-HOW! All I can say is WOW!" And the follow up quote, when asked what he wants, "THIS! THIS! THIS is what I want!"

Man, how do you manage it? That is truly impressive. So you find it no physical problem to ride a century more than once a week? Any enlightenment you can give me on that would be appreciated - here I thought I was setting a worthwhile goal for myself to just plain old ride a century this year. Well, I guess I should say a century is still a worthwhile goal for me, you just helped me understand how small-time I am.

How many years have you been riding?
I've been riding hard since 1969.MB1
Dec 30, 2002 2:28 PM
I like long rides and races and never stopped riding as I aged.

Then I married a woman who likes to ride (more than I knew at the time). Since we are both in our 50's with no kids to worry about the time is no problem.

If you want to ride big miles you have to slow down. We rarely push the pace, we just ride nice and steady all day long. If you are going to ride hard or long several days in a row steady is the only way to ride.

It is really not all that hard to ride long miles if you are healthy, fit and gradually work your way up to the longer distances.
Dec 29, 2002 3:37 PM
After 3 years of deliberating I am, repeat, AM going to buy a new bike and spec it out just like I want to. Life is too short to keep putting it off until the "timing" is right!

focus on short intensityDougSloan
Dec 29, 2002 7:31 PM
I'm changing gears to focus on one thing: to get into shape to climb a 6 mile/2500 foot hill as fast as possible; that's it. Forget endurance, forget anything that does not further that goal. Of course, there are lots of things wrapped up into that goal, like strength, VO2, spinning, etc. Also, the spin off effect of preparing for that should be better time trial and crit performance, too.

I might hire a local pro as a coach. This guy has helped a Cat 3/Masters friend to improve his climbing a lot.

All that aside, my real goal is to be able to ride at all, even if it's just 5 hours a week; that will need to be a very hard 5 hours, though.

two words....."lose + weight"..eyebob
Dec 30, 2002 7:33 AM
That will help you as much as anything else when climbing. I also found that not just cadence/comfort on the bike to be huge, but improving my pedal stroke uphill worked wonders. Learning how to "rest" my legs uphill when I felt tired while still spinning is one of the coolest things that I learned by doing lots of hill climbing.

I agreeDougSloan
Dec 30, 2002 7:41 AM
I've been pretty light in the past, and still got my ass kicked, though. When I return to my former racing weight, I'm going to get a water tank body fat test, and then figure out where I really should be. They do them for $10 at the local university kinesiology/athletic department.

I was reading Lance's book about training recently. It said that he got "fat" over the winter, up to 6% body fat! I laughed. His Tour weight was 3% body fat. However, he has a slew of docs and testing opportunities to keep him healthy at that weight. It would be tough living on the edge like that. I'd settle for his "fat" weight.

Doug would have to be careful there ...Humma Hah
Dec 30, 2002 10:05 AM
... he ain't exactly fat, and he's already fond of climbs that would reduce most of us to tears.
Stretch goals:PseuZQ
Dec 29, 2002 8:25 PM
1) Cal Triple Crown.
I've never done a double, so why not shoot for three? ;-)

2) Five passes at Markleeville.
Did three this year, and while I still felt strong I got nailed by the cutoff time to head down the back side of Ebbetts.

3) Lose 20 lbs./get body fat down.
I'm getting there, but I am very leery of *drastically* reducing calorie intake as long as I'm riding lots. And I'm not going to limit my riding just to crash diet. Note that this probably explains #2.

4) Become "faster".
See #3.
re: Cycling related goals for 2003???JS Haiku Shop
Dec 30, 2002 6:14 AM
* super randonneur (successful 200k-600k brevet series)
* 2003, J's first real attempt at competition: mtb, road & crit, then 'cross in the fall/winter
* start car camping on out of town rides, stop using hotels
* become more familiar with bike maintenance: BBs and headsets!
* solo/self-supported double century
* 12 and 24-hour road efforts, organized or not
* ride solo in 12-hour mtb race, 24 if i can manage the logistics
* 2002: 6,000 miles. 2003: more
* continue to lead club rides (>85 last year) and foster intermediate riders
* continue and increase club involvement (currently on board of directors, and acting newsletter editor & webmaster)
* extend club involvement in community: adopt-a-mile (trash pickup on roadside), charitable work and donations through ride entry fees (want to ride? bring a toy, canned goods, etc.)
* seek local shop or team sponsorship/involvement
* organize and conduct time trial or crit series in mid/late summer
* keep up with the fast weeknight cat 2/3 ride for the whole 30 miles without hurling or passing out
wo baby!DougSloan
Dec 30, 2002 7:04 AM
You sound like me a couple of years ago. One thing is for sure -- with all that going on, you won't have time to eat!

Excess is intoxicating, huh? :-)

re: wo baby!JS Haiku Shop
Dec 30, 2002 7:07 AM
i'm doing this with a toddler and angelic wife.

it can be done.

Dec 30, 2002 7:24 AM
I'm envious. I had a hard time even before baby.

About ready for that childback triple tandem?

no tandems 'til he's older. mrs. haiku not cyclist. nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 30, 2002 7:41 AM
Lose 12 pounds and have fun doing it ...Humma Hah
Dec 30, 2002 9:59 AM
I laid off cycling for a month recently, and gained five pounds. I never quite reached my goal of 166 pounds, where the Surgeon General says I ought to be. Don't know if it's really the best weight for riding, but its definitely the right direction.

This year I got saddled with a home fixup/sale that really cut into riding time, plus a health- and sniper-induced riding layoff that cost me several weeks. I aim to avoid this next year, and get in at least 4000 miles, mostly on the cruiser.

I am planning a "deci-brevet" series of rides to encourage local bicycle owners to become "cyclists." I am in the process of laying out some nice, safe, enjoyable routes of 20 km, 30 km, 40 km, 60 km, and 120 km: 1/10 the distances of a brevet series. Riders finishing all of these distances are easily ready for a century.

I intend to get the Paramount roadworthy by spring.

I want to do a couple of centuries, including any fixie centuries MB1 and Miss M put on. Both the cruiser and Paramount are eager to do it.

I hope to ride a 200k brevet on the cruiser, and a 300k on the Paramount, and see where that leads me.

I want to take the cruiser down the C&O Canal Towpath, probably on a 2-day event held in the fall called the Tour de Canal (see my post on rides).
Hey abicirider!NC_Jim
Jan 1, 2003 6:18 PM
I live in Mooresville and need a riding partner. Where are you and when do you ride?

One goal for 2003 is 4000 miles.

Did I see your goals here?