Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Mileage/kilometer-age goal for 2010? What's Yours?
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What's your overall distance goal for 2010? On Bikejournal and BigDogs (both are distance logging sites) we enter what we hope to reach at the beginning of each year, so I thought I'd ask the question here too. :)
What is your distance goal, and do you have any plans on how you're going to reach it?
It's easy enough to say, "I'm going to ride 5000 km" or 10,000 km, or 7000 miles or whatever, but how do you plan to meet your goal ... or goals? Do you have several lengthy rides in your plans, like 1000 km randonnees? Or are you planning to commute 30 km round trip 5 days a week, with a longer ride on the weekend? Or ride a century once or twice a month?
What are your overall riding plans for this year in order to attain your goal?
Every year for the past 12 years, my goal has been 10,000 kms. I've made it 3 of those years, and came really close 4 other years. But the last 4 years I've really struggled with that goal because of my education and all the work I do, and I've only managed about 3/4s of that distance. And in 2009, despite all my hopes, my cycling distance was just a miniscule fraction of the amount I wanted to do.
This year, however, I really, really hope to be able to build back up again. I'd love to do 10,000 km ... but at this point, I think I'd even be reasonably happy with 5000 km.
How am I going to get there? I am hoping to do a Super Randonneur series this year ... that's 1500 km. And perhaps a Fleche ... another 360+ km. And if I can, I'd really like to do a 1000K in September ... another 1000 km. And then, of course, I want to do as much riding in between as possible, and see if I can do at least one 1000 km month, and perhaps even a 1000 mile month. I won't be able to start off with much long distance stuff in January, because I'm still building up, but I'd really like to at least feel comfortable with the century distance again by the end of January.
12-30-09, 03:29 AM
Same as this year, 5000km. I unfortunately didn't manage this year because I had a nasty crash at the beginning of November and am still basically recovering from it, I'm at around 4300km.
2009 was the first year that I decided to cycle a lot more, with long distance in mind. I've had road bikes since I'm a kid, but I don't think I ever cycled more than 1000 km in a year before. I drew a lot of inspiration from this forum, I even built myself a long distance bike and what I've read here was a great help.
It should be easy to cycle more than 5000km in 2010. I have registered for my two first brevets and I'm really excited about it, 200km at the end of March and 300km at the end of April in Osterdorf, Germany, organized by the ARA NordBayern.
12-30-09, 07:04 AM
2009 was the first full year I've tracked my riding. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to ride 10000km, not knowing if I could do it (in fact, Machka, it was your post last year which encouraged me to set a goal). I bike commute every weekday 40-75km and ride on the weekends whenever I can, but time constraints limit my opportunities to do really long rides. However, in August, I already had 8000km, so I increased my goal to 12000km to make it a round 1000km/month average. I crossed my original 10000km goal on October 14th and 12000km on December 6th. I'll finish the year with around 12800km. My highest month was May with 1612km (my first ever 1000 mile month) and my lowest was 713km in July (I was traveling without a bike for 17 days). I hit 1000km in a month 5 times, and came close (over 900km) 4 other times.
This year, I'd like to do the 1000km/month challenge. If I can get through February, I may have a shot at it. Failing that, I'd like to try to reach 15000km. I'd love to get into brevets too, maybe even attempt a SR. I also have a number of smaller goals, mainly rides I want to do this year which I've mapped out but haven't tried yet.
12-30-09, 07:08 AM
I am not going to have a mileage goal for 2010.
Just enjoy the year.
12-30-09, 09:29 AM
year 2010 goal is again 25 000 K :thumb:
Just I've got 25 000K in 2009, I'm gonna to do it every year at least five years to be prepared for "ciclista amatore" road races in Italy :D
12-30-09, 10:15 AM
I've got the same mileage goal as last year, but the distribution will be different. I did a lot of longer training rides this year as part of my commuting routine, just building myself up since this was my first year riding brevets. Next year, I've got 4000k planned in ACP/RUSA events instead of the 1100k I rode this year. In exchange, I'll likely be cutting back on the mid-week long training rides since I'll be riding an event every other weekend, (or every weekend, in some months.)
12-30-09, 12:18 PM
I'll target 6200 miles in 2010. As a Chicagoan, I'm limited by weather and don't ride much from December to March. I'll ride 700 miles/month from March to December.
I'll have a 50 mile RT commute 2 or 3 days a week. That will give me about 2/3 of my annual miles.
I'll have a fast group ride on Wednesday nights, that's good for 35-40 miles.
I'll average 100 miles/week on the weekends.
One of my goals for 2010 will be to ride more consistently/regularly. I'm going to aim for 10,000km. I've never done that before, usually getting between 6,000 and 9,000. One year I got 9,700.
I should end up with about 8,600 this year (last day today!)
How am I going to do this?
800km per month (plus some small change)
A super Randoneer series
Maybe a 1000km - but not sure, may give up the long ride this year for more consistency in preparation for PBP 2011
Enjoy myself on the bike
2,000km of the above on the tandem
Almost forgot :eek: - 3 weeks touring in Switzerland on the tandem in June
I think 2010 is going to be a good year.
All the best to everyone for the New Year and your 2010 riding.
I'm shooting for 9000 miles or so next year... My highest-mileage year was 2007 with nearly 11,000 miles. I don't think I need quite that many miles.
I'm aiming for 6 double centuries and 2 400+ mile races next year. Other than that, my miles will come from a 16-25 mile commute (depending on whether I take the short or scenic route...), and 2 or 3 weekly longer rides.
12-30-09, 04:57 PM
No mileage goal per se, just a super rando series (or two), the Cascade 1200 and as many other brevets as I can fit in. And commuting when the roads are clear of ice and snow. I have thought about joining the Canadian Kilometre Achievers (ckap (dot) ca), so I can get more cool jerseys, medals, stickers, etc.
12-31-09, 03:52 AM
What is your distance goal, and do you have any plans on how you're going to reach it?
Hmm ... The last time I made a post in a thread like this it was "What are your goals for 2007" and I failed to achieve my target! :-( Anyway, for 2010 I'm aiming for 10% of the average of the top 5 people on BikeJournal in 2009. So baring any last minute rides "from the top", my current target for 2010 is ~3141km.
As to how to do I intent to achieve this target? Well I'm entered into a SR series, so that's ~1500km straight off. I'm also entered into the Glocknerkönig (http://www.glocknerkoenig.com/en/) which when I includes the rides to/from the start is another ~101km. Which leaves me needing to find another ~1540km which is less than the distance I did in 2009 when I, alas, did not start an Audax. (I'm also vaguely tempted by the Hamburg - Berlin - Köln - Hamburg 1500 "Super Audax" but I suspect it will fill up before I'm ready to commit myself.)
No events in 2009 because I emigrated, which kind of got in the way just by itself and then discovered a dearth of events in my new country. If I limit myself to non-crazy levels of pre/post event travel then I've got 8 events a year (2 SR series), and they all occur in the same part of the year (05.04.10 > 12.06.10) which means I've pretty much got one shot an SR series. So, no pressure then! :-)
01-02-10, 08:22 PM
I've averaged roughly 6000 miles/year for the last 40 years. I'd like to at least make that average again this year. It's usually a combination of my daily commutes and errands, the transportation cycling that I do, recreational rides and touring, which includes long distance rides of 100- 200+ miles in a day. But I no longer set "goals" for the year. I just ride as much as I can when I can, which is pretty much every day to some extent.
Most of what messes up my "plan" is my work, which can mean sudden changes in location for sometimes fairly extended periods of time.
As Mark Twain so rightly observes, "if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
3000 Miles. That would be double the 1500 or so I had in 2009. How will I do it? By hook or by crook. Any means necessary. Fill in your own cliche here. I've got Livestrong, Seattle-to-Portland, Crater Lake Century, and at least one 200K brevet locked into the calendar. So that's 525 or so there. 26 in the bag from this morning. Need to plan for those other 2450 or so, but I'm sure I'll think of something. Would be more, but I have some swimming and running to do also (boo and hiss all you want, I need to get the triathlons out of my system!)
01-03-10, 06:56 AM
2010 goals: SR series, one 1000k, and one or two 24 hour races.
Overall miles, I don't care to track--whatever it takes.
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