# Fifty Plus (50+) - I am SO anal but hey! It works! :-)

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Digital Gee
12-30-05, 02:00 AM
Somewhere along the way this past fall, I decided that my first year's mileage goal would be 1,400 miles, or 200/month (because I started in June).

This week, I've been feeling just a little down because it didn't appear I would make the goal. Yesterday I sat at 1,300 miles, so today, I pushed it and rode 50 miles but tonight I'm wiped out. The thought of another 50 miles in the next two days was looking too much, given other things I need to get done.

But then I realized -- I didn't start riding until June 7th! (The anal part is I actually went back and looked at my posts to confirm this...).

That means there were six days I should hold against myself, because I didn't even have the bike yet! And 200/month = 6.67/day based on 30 day months.

That means I get a "40 mile credit" against the 1,400, which means I only need to ride another 10 miles in the next two days to achieve my annual goal, if expressed as a daily goal of 6.67 miles/day since date of acquisition.

And THAT means I can end the year feeling good that I met my goal, and not feeling bad that I came *this* close. Even though I fully realize it's all in my head either way.

And I know what many of you are thinking, and you're right. But hey -- it works for me! I'm the Master of Rationalization!

jppe
12-30-05, 05:19 AM
So this is how you spend your late night hours-at least up until midnight your time, huh. Miles per day.....got you thinking like an engineer now!!

Would you like for me to send you one of my excel spreadsheets that also has graphs attached to the numbers so you can see where the "actual mileage" line crosses over the "target line" so you can have a visual aide as well? Would you like 5 years worth of data for every ride!!!

Let's see......I spent how much to retrieve the 5 years of data when my hard drive crashed and I didn't have the latest copy backed up??? You're only beginning to think anally.......Not sure it gets any less anal the more you ride!!!

Seriously, what you've done the first year is incredible and I enjoy hearing your enthusiasm and results. Just a word of caution-ride because you enjoy it and quit when it's not fun (unless you're in the middle of a ride and miles away from home!). The goals will take care of itself.

DnvrFox
12-30-05, 06:36 AM
My approach would be:

"I must have a 5% error (to my advantage) in my cyclocomputer"

It is easier than all the graphs. :D

jppe
12-30-05, 07:19 AM
My approach would be:

"I must have a 5% error (to my advantage) in my cyclocomputer"

It is easier than all the graphs. :D

Gosh, I only wish life was so simple. You know the engineer. Used the rollout method to determine the actual distance for the wheels and accompaning tire pressure so the odometer can be set exactly right. If other folks on a ride get different readings than mine, their readings must be off????

Then again maybe we took different paths around the curves??? Gary just thinks he is anal.

p8rider
12-30-05, 08:01 AM
When I ride with my children, we all have slightly different readings on our computers. I just know that of the three mine is correct. You see sometimes it is really easy! :-)

FarHorizon
12-30-05, 08:39 AM
Just Shoot The Cycle Computer!!!

Digital Gee
12-30-05, 10:53 AM
OMG.

I just remembered, when I switched to slicks from knobbie, I didn't reconfigure the computer. And I do remember there was a slight difference in my usual 10 mile route at the time. Seems like I got to ten miles just a tad quicker.

OMG.

Maybe I only rode 1,340 miles so far, and not 1,350?

OMG.

Now I'll have to ride 20 miles today and/or tomorrow just to be sure I'm over the top.

OMG.

Which reminds me. Sometime Sunday morning I'm going to have to reset the computer, and if it's like resetting a digital watch, I'm doomed.

OMG.

DnvrFox
12-30-05, 10:56 AM
Don't reset it.

Keep it going and note the mileage.

It is fun to see your total accumulated mileage on a bike.

Also, count your miles BEFORE you switched to slicks as 120% miles. IOW, multiply those miles by 1.2 to get your TRUE EQUIVALENT MILES.

"TEM" - a new concept in training! Copyright - DnvrFox

Many ways to accomplish a goal!

stapfam
12-30-05, 11:03 AM
OMG.

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Which reminds me. Sometime Sunday morning I'm going to have to reset the computer, and if it's like resetting a digital watch, I'm doomed.

OMG.

Come on- its no more difficult than setting a video recorder. You read the manual- set it all up and record the shopping channel at 3am instead of the Tour De France that was in in the afternoon while you were at work. You have a 14 year old daughter- get her to do something usefull. I still get my daughter to reset all the clocks on the microwave, video, oven and anything else that does not have the sense to have batteries in as a backup for when I unplug it.

Don't worry about a lack of a few miles, they can carry over till next year. Just a thought- Are you going to count the miles on the Beater bike? or is that yet another expense for a second computer that this cycling keeps giving you.

P.S and another job for your daughter to do when she visits.