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29 Aug

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I am way off the mark to meet my goal of 3,000 cycling miles for 2013. I was well ahead of schedule until my California food-borne illness fiasco in April, which had me sidelined for May and most of June – two of the best months for cycling we have. I’ve been playing catch up ever since.

I realize 3,000 miles in a year isn’t much for a lot of you, but a goal is a goal and whatever it is the plan is to meet it and maybe even exceed it. At least in January, February, even March it is… now, not as much.

For me to get 3,000 miles, I am going to have to average 70 miles each and every week from now until the end of the year.

Doesn’t sound too difficult, but considering I’m going to be gone and without a bike some of those weeks it’s not going to be easy.

Know what I’m using as my incentive to get it done?

Not making a mileage goal for 2014!

Seriously, always having a mileage goal for something you love can make it feel like work and just something else you have to do.

Plus, I’ve done other activities like swimming, hiking and running that don’t count towards that cycling goal, but are things I enjoy and want to do so why limit myself with a cycling goal. For instance, this past week we were at the Grand Canyon North Rim, took lots of hikes, but didn’t ride a single mile.

One of the readers here when I posted my goal for this year back in January told me she wasn’t making a cycling goal because she wanted to be free to walk, hike, etc. and not feel that she had to always bike to meet some arbitrary goal.

Wish I had done that. I should have, I saw the signs, I didn’t make 2012’s cycling goal either: goal of 3200 miles, completed 2900 and some change.

Really, I’m just not as focused in general on training type cycling as I was in years past. I don’t know if it’s my age or the fact that I’ve been doing this too long (23 years) to remain so gung-ho – I guess probably both.

My focus on the type of riding I want to do is shifting too. Although I ‘m still more of a cyclist (spandex-clad) than a bike rider (regular clothes) I’m slowly (no pun here) but surely moving more in the direction of bicycling. I imagine I’ll always do both, but I like using my bike for transportation which has nothing really to do with miles or speed. I also like being fit and strong, and fast for a middle-aged woman (true if I live to be over one hundred…), so I’ll still ride and track speed, heart rate, etc., at times too.

My plan is for my Garmin 510 to have 3,000 miles of cycling on 12/31/13. I wouldn’t feel as good about not having a goal next year if I don’t make this one. I’m not even sure why exactly, just one of quirks that serves me well at times and makes me miserable at times.

I’m looking forward to next year and not having a goal – just riding to ride. What about you – did you set a goal? Regretting it like me or if you’re going to smash it – do tell.

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.

Happy 2012!

3 Jan

imagesI’ve been a little under the weather, but hopefully will feel good enough to take advantage of the warm temps later in the week. Take advantage on 2 wheels that is.

I closed out 2011 by taking a short ride which put me over the 3,000 mile mark in total miles (indoor and actual rides – 616 and 2,391 respectively), 3007 to be exact. My mileage goal for 2011 in actual rides was 2150; I didn’t have a specific mileage goal for indoor training in 2011 but I do for 2012.

As I’ve previously mentioned I make resolutions/goals in biking and other areas. Overall I had 8 resolutions/goals in 2011, I completed or surpassed my goal in 4 of the 8; made a passable grade in another 3 more and failed miserably in one.

Not bad, at least I graduated to 2012!

My mileage goals for 2012 are:

3,200 miles biking – 2400 outdoor/800 indoor

90 miles running

60 miles swimming

I want to compete in the Redman Triathlon again and 2 other triathlon events – sprints or olympic distance. I haven’t been swimming since October but I want to get back to it. I enjoy it and like the physical benefits too. The running I “want” to do because there are few aquabike events, which means if I want to do triathlons I have to be able to do all 3 events. I’m not sure that I want to do anything other than Redman, I’ll have to see.

I would like 2012 to be the year I get the century monkey off my back. I’m sort of exaggerating because I’ve never felt that a century was something I had to accomplish, but I’ve never done one (been as close as 98 miles but wasn’t an official century – it was a 98 mile day of a 2 day MS 150 ride), so I think I need to check it off my list. How can I have a bike blog and never have done a century? Don’t tell anyone that I’m operating here without it, please. Thanks.

Another bike tour or two would be to my liking, but nothing is planned at this point.

That’s where I stand, what are your big biking plans for 2012?

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Garmin Data

27 Dec

I’ve been less than happy with the Garmin Connect website this year. It’s often down or slower than molasses.

Does anyone know of a website where I can upload the data from my Garmin device directly (bypassing Garmin Connect) and track/compile it?

Speaking of data, I’m in the process of compiling my 2011 data for bike rides, indoor cycling miles, swimming and running. Still hope to get in a couple of outdoor rides before the week is over.

It’s always interesting to go back and look at what transpired over the year in terms of cycling and other fitness, and how it compares to the year’s goals/resolutions. I’ll report what and how I did here. Feel free to list yours too in comments.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah or any other holiday you chose to celebrate! I did, despite the fact that Santa didn’t bring me a bike… (no I don’t need a bike but then what does need have to do with bike desire (love). Santa did bring me this very cool bike clock – actually it was a gift from my daughter and her family.

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