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Old 06-19-07, 07:26 AM   #1
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Goals for the summer?

Anyone want to share their summer riding and weight loss/fitness goals? Mine are:

To ride in the MS 150 City to Shore - both days, the whole thing.

To reach goal weight - 220 pounds.

Get a better bike.

Develop the stamina, skill, and smarts that will enable me to ride cross-country next year.
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Old 06-19-07, 07:31 AM   #2
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I'm off for a 24 day tour starting July 1st, then I hope to participate in and finish 2 local races(106 and 75km). I probably won't lose much weight since I eat like a horse while riding but I have already lost 15kg this year, so it's ok.
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Old 06-19-07, 07:36 AM   #3
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ride cross-country next year.
You mean across THE country, i.e from coast to coast of America?
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Old 06-19-07, 07:53 AM   #4
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You mean across THE country, i.e from coast to coast of America?
Good for you!
Why not? I'll be 42 and in the best condition of my life!
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Old 06-19-07, 08:08 AM   #5
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I had some going into the summer:

-First Metric century: INCOMPLETE (almost made it on Saturday, but the heat kicked my butt 12 miles short of it)

-Finally break the "200 pounds lost" mark: Complete!
Before my shower on Saturday after the "great dehydration fest of 2007" I was at 366, 201 pounds lighter than I was in June of 2005!

-Ride in a for-real race: INCOMPLETE
I have to keep motivating myself to attend the mountain bike race I told everyone I'd race in on July 1.. and not finish last! I know I'll look like an idiot, but if my clydesdale quads can kick some mud in some skinny faces, that'll be worth it!

-Commute to work daily by bike: IN PROGRESS!
Haven't missed a day commuting since Memorial Day, and intend to keep going until the snow flies.. and probably after!

My goals for "before the snow flies":
-Drop below or get within sight of the 300 pound mark - I thought it was impossible, but if I keep it up it may just be a reality!

-Complete my first for-real century - No problem, just no crushed limestone!!

And finally, goals for before August 30, 2008:
-Be below 250 pounds

-Race again, and kick some serious ass!
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Old 06-19-07, 08:17 AM   #6
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Tour de Cure on the 14th!

Indy Nightride June 30, another short tour.....weekender or maybe 5 days max in July or August here in Indiana.
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Old 06-19-07, 09:16 AM   #7
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1) Be able to comfortably ride 100+ miles in a day (I did Hotter than Hell last year after 3 months of riding and wanted to sell my bike afterwards): I have been putting in 75 mile Saturdays, so I am getting there.

2) Get in sight of 200 lbs.: I started last year at 290 and got down to 240 in 3 months, about 250 now (put on some weight over winter and it hasn't fully disappeared yet).

3) Continue to amaze skinny people
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Goals to Complete Before September 2007 for Jumbo

Abandon 1 car from the Household:
Right now we have 3 cars in the household, one for each adult. I want to get to a point that I sell off one car, mine.

Climb the steepest hill on my commute route:

I will take some pictures later, but I want to get to a point that I never have to get off the bike to walk.

Edited for Reality: Ride 150 miles or more per week:

Commuting will give me 100 miles a week. I want to be riding 150 miles above that.

Lose 10-15 pounds per month:

Yep. This should be doable and is my altimate goal.

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Old 06-19-07, 10:34 AM   #9
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My goals were:

Ride every reasonable day to work - This is going great. after 3 months of riding 10 miles round trip seems so short. I only drive if I have somewhere I have to during the day or the weather is calling for severe thunderstorms.

Loose a little weight - At 6'2.5" and 215Lbs I am not grosly over weight, but loosing about 15 Lbs would be good. My belt is 1 notch tighter, no idea what the actual weight loss is as I don't have a scale at home, but it is going in the right direction.

Lower blood pressure a bit - Blood pressure wasn't that bad, but not great either. Last few time I donated blood my blood pressure reading was definitely better.

Get ready to ride 33 miles in the Ride for Rosewell (major cancer center in Buffalo NY) - That will be happening this Saturday. My last practice ride was 20 miles and I could have gone much further so I should be fine. I did go out and buy some gell bike pants - what a difference on longer rides. Well worth the $38.

I'll have to see how far I can reasonably drive into the Fall and Winter. We get a lot of lake effect snow so winter is questionable. It is not the temperature that scares me, but interacting with cars on slippery roads seems a bit suicidal.

Happy Riding,
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I had some going into the summer:
-Ride in a for-real race: INCOMPLETE
I have to keep motivating myself to attend the mountain bike race I told everyone I'd race in on July 1.. and not finish last! I know I'll look like an idiot, but if my clydesdale quads can kick some mud in some skinny faces, that'll be worth it!
So most mountain bike races have a clydesdale category, however be warned that they will be young and fit and still my be hard to keep up with, (I've raced that category) but you can at least be in a group that is closer to your own weight
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Ride two century rides: the Utah Lake Century and the Moab Century. - Still on target to ride these two rides, the Moab one will be the challenge to finish, it has 3000 ft of climb over 7 miles, but it is still doable

Commute 4 days a week: This is going really well, been commuting for 3 months now and plan to commute well into late october.

lose 60 lbs overall: i've lost 20, still working on that last 40

as a stretch goal I would like to ride a e100 (Mountain bike century) this is all on single track and has over 6000 feet of total climbing involved. I'll see how I feel the end of august when the e100 happens.
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Goals for this summer, in no particular order:
  • Complete the Seattle-to-Portland ride in July: ~200 miles in 2 days.
  • Commute to work via bike (~12 miles each way, with hills) more often than I drive.
  • Get below 240 pounds (15 to go), working toward my target weight of 220 (100 kilos).
  • Buy an actual road bike (I'm currently riding a hard-tail mountain bike).

Goals for next summer:
  • Complete the full 100 mile Flying Wheels Summer Century.
  • Complete the 200 mile Seattle-to-Portland ride one day.
  • Attempt a few other long-distance rides.
  • Reach my target weight of 220 pounds.
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Old 06-19-07, 11:10 AM   #13
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Indy Night ride - June 30th

Tour De Cure - July 14th

2 day ride in Wisconsion (Tenetive)

August - Unspecified Mini-Triathalon. I dont knwo the details yet but a friend mentioned trying to so we'll see..

And to get too 300lbs before winter!
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You mean across THE country, i.e from coast to coast of America?
Good for you!
Why not? I'll be 42 and in the best condition of my life!
Didn't you tell me to stop you if you wanted to do something crazy like this?

I've been reading through bike-across-the-country accounts and I'm getting tempted myself. But I couldn't get two months off of work easily.
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Oh, yeah, goals... I'd say to ride a century by the end of the summer. Next year, ride the Cape May trail. And get under 200 lbs. (My goal weight is 180.)
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Goals for this summer:
  • Get fit and continue to commute most days
  • Prepare my body for riding centuries
  • Ride in at least 1 charity race (This may be hard b/c of finishing thesis, and moving to IL, but it's still a goal)
  • Keep my wife interested and training with me

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Mine are pretty simple considering I just started riding last Wednesday:

1. Ride every day.
2. Stretch myself a little further on each ride.
3. Continue to lose weight and get my blood sugar levels down to normal
4. And most importantly - Have Fun!

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Mine are pretty simple considering I just started riding last Wednesday:

1. Ride every day.
2. Stretch myself a little further on each ride.
3. Continue to lose weight and get my blood sugar levels down to normal
4. And most importantly - Have Fun!

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So most mountain bike races have a clydesdale category, however be warned that they will be young and fit and still my be hard to keep up with, (I've raced that category) but you can at least be in a group that is closer to your own weight
Sorry if this moves the thread off track but which would be better:
1) Riding a Clyde Class with no age restrictions

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2) Riding in a age related class with no weight restrictions?

This one has been sitting on a back burner on my want to do's and came close to doing a dualathon last fall but ended up in the OR having a ruptured tendon and ankle fixed.
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I think that depends on the race, what you want out of the competition, and the condition you are in as a clyde. Those are my thoughts.
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I think that depends on the race, what you want out of the competition,. . .
Well I don't have lofty goals and I was hoping to finish. With that being said I would perfer to be in a group that would leave me looking less like a tool than the other
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Complete a distance of at least 250K in one day.(We'll see this saturday--leave at 430AM, ride from Danbury to Pittsfield, say "Hi Pittsfield!" then turn around and ride home)

Do one extended unsupported tour of at least 450 miles.(still in planning stages)
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Goals for this summer, in no particular order:
  • Complete the Seattle-to-Portland ride in July: ~200 miles in 2 days.
  • Commute to work via bike (~12 miles each way, with hills) more often than I drive.
  • Get below 240 pounds (15 to go), working toward my target weight of 220 (100 kilos).
  • Buy an actual road bike (I'm currently riding a hard-tail mountain bike).

Goals for next summer:
  • Complete the full 100 mile Flying Wheels Summer Century.
  • Complete the 200 mile Seattle-to-Portland ride one day.
  • Attempt a few other long-distance rides.
  • Reach my target weight of 220 pounds.
I'm riding my first STP this summer. I've been riding since last summer - mostly commuting. I know that I haven't adequately trained for the STP. I'm trying to do the 200 in one day... a long shot, but I'll give it a go. I'm going to try my first 100 mile ride this Saturday. I'm using the STP attempt as my measuring stick to see where I am fitness wise. After that I'll set my goals... but one of them is to complete the STP one-day ride next summer. I'll see you there!
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Old 06-19-07, 05:06 PM   #24
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I share your weight goal of 220 pounds. Currently at 243 and looking at two family reunions this weekend. Hopefully I will gain nothing. Plan to ride to the one reunion to give me a 50 mile round trip. My major goal was to ride my age, 62 miles, with a few extra tenths to yield a Metric Century. Did that in May. Now my riding goals are a bit flat. So will just ride for now. Participate in 7 organized rides, wrapping up the year with Bucks Co. Covered Bridge ride. I am thinking of repeating the Metric Century Sept 8 in Dover, DE. Should be easier in a flat state. Hopefully I can average 15 mph by then. Have no lofty goals for next year, yet. Curious to see what the format of the Tour Across PA is to be for June 2008. That could be an interesting ride.
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End of June: 13 miles/day as the median distance per week, ride something 6 days a week

End of July: 20 miles/ day as the median distance per week, ride something 6 days a week

End of August: 25 miles/day as the median distance per week, ride something 6 days a week

End of August: The Voyageur Trail along Lake Superior, my first real planned trail ride, 28 miles with a killer hill in the beginning.

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