in response to mattm's 2013 season recap/goals thread, i figured it might be time to start a new one for 2014 goals.
i'm a believer that putting goals out there increases commitment. i'm mostly curious what others' outlandish (bike-related) goals might be.
i could list a bunch of race-related goals, but i'll start with one that means the most to me:
i'd like to go 29:59 (or less) in my local hill climb. it is ~5.5 miles @ 8-10%. my best time this year was 32:08 on race day, and in prior years was 38:05.
chopping a full 2' (>6%) off my time would be a huge stretch, but i think it is doable in the future.
to do it, i'll need to:
- increase my power by a few percent (working on this anyway, but 3, 4, 5% might be possible)
- get really lean (although i'm pretty lean, this year's effort was probably done about 5# higher than where i could have been)
- maybe shed a pound off of my gear...without ditching the front brake and big chainring.
- get a bit lucky with favorable weather (neutral wind) and mass start tactics
i want to be in position to do it with a solid, not 'best-ever' (=unpredictable), day.
one downside is that the hill climb is held the 2nd day of a 2-day event, and i don't know what other races are in the weeks before or after it. this is just for fun, so i won't sit out any races in order to do it. it has also sometimes been scheduled for the same weekend as cascade, which is another event i don't want to miss.
i would benefit from encouragement along the way.
anyone else have any stretch goals they want to put out there? sometimes it is cool just to read what everyone is working towards, and to know that others are out there working really hard.