Happy New Year!

2 Jan

new-year-image2013 is the fourth year we’ve rung in together!

Like many of you this is the time I set resolutions/goals for the new year and check to see what I accomplished (and didn’t) with the goals/resolutions I set in the year just ending.

I fell short of my mileage goal for 2012 (3200 miles was my goal, finished with 2961) which has made me more focused not to let it happen again. I typically do everything in my power to make sure I hit my mileage goals – usually picking up the pace in the latter part of the year and meeting or surpassing them. That didn’t happen this year (with cycling, running I exceeded my goal but who cares) which motivates me even more to do better this year.

Additionally, I’m thinking about what I want to do here on All for the Love of Bikes which I’ll discuss later on.

Stupidly perhaps, I increased my mileage goal to 3500 miles for 2013. That’s an average of just over 67 miles a week, I know it’s doable, I’ve done much more than that in the past – I just have to create more opportunities to ride.

One way to do that is to ride when I’m running errands close in, commuting to my volunteer “job” and by doing many other short rides. Biking for me in the past centered on long fitness rides. Last year I changed that somewhat by doing more short, half an hour or so rides and more commutes, but I need to do it more regularly.

Why not? I enjoy riding, it’s good for me and the more of us out there riding, particularly dressed like “Jane Q Public” and not like “Cyclist Jane” the more inclined other’s will be to ride. It is a proven fact that more people riding results in – well… more people riding. A wonderful cycle of cycling!

What about you, have you set any riding goals for this year? Want to share your goals here – we’d all love to hear them.

2 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Kim Klaproth January 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Happy New Year! Good luck on your mileage goals. Instead of setting mileage goals I just set goals of either doing 4 or 5 cardio workouts a week. I used to make mileage goals, but then towards the end of the year I found myself manipulating workouts. It would be too late in the day for me to get in a bike ride, but I needed miles so I would ride my stationary bike, but I really wanted to walk, but that wouldn’t be enough miles. Geez, the games I can play with myself.

    • admin April 4, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Kim,

      I’m supposed to be emailed when comments are made, maybe I missed it, dunno, but I’m just seeing this. Happy New Year to you, Kim! 🙂

      I know what you mean about the limits of mileage goals, I’ve been doing a little weight training and yoga and neither translate to miles so I don’t even bother to record them yet I want the *credit* for doing it! I play those same games with myself.

      Hope the year is being good to you, glad you still come around. Stay in touch.

      Susan

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