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Old 12-31-08, 09:25 AM   #1
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2009 goals: record yours here!

I have begun to realize that short and long term goals are very important, especially to those of us of the Clyde/Athena persuasion. I am currently working on a set of goals for calendar year 2009, both on and off the scale. I'm working on a complete set, because for me personally, long term goals can only be achieved by reaching a series of milestones to keep me on the path.

If you've got goals for 2009, I hope you'll take the time to record them here. I personally need detailed, specific goals, but whether yours are as simply defined as "I am going to lose weight" or as detailed as "I'm riding a century each month, plus 100 additional miles", please think of this as a place to put them in writing for yourself and to inspire others.

Mine will be up sometime today, in this very thread.
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1.) Finish the Dirty Kanza 200. 200 miles of gravel, late May, in Kansas. I'm not sure why I'm doing this to myself, but I am.

2.) I won't have another drop of beer (after midnight tonight) until I weigh 267 pounds (thereby busting through the 300 pounds lost mark). If I want to have spirits, I'm limiting myself to either rum and diet cola or wine. I really like beer and really don't like either of those.
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i wanna do two century rides this year minimum.
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The way I am wired, stating goals out loud is usually the kiss of death for me. But I will give it a shot, we will see how it goes.

Physical goal: eat less, ride more, drop two pants sizes (for the past two years I have considered my bike computer to be my enemy. Every couple of months I take a hiatus from worrying about the mileage and average speed and then the rides become like when I was a kid.I am going to concentrate on riding for the sake of riding, and keep the fun in each trek.)

Mental goal: be happy, be nice and be helpful. (I am a firm believer that this goal is the key to achieving all others. When I get down I can't concentrate on being my best)

Clyde/Athena goal: reach out and touch a Clyde/Athena or two. Physically meet up and ride.

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2,500 miles total, or more.

at least 3 self-supported centuries (did 1 this year, was awesome).

1-3 organized events (only ever done one, loved it).

at least 400 miles with my daughter on the trail-a-bike. She's here, with me:

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Mental goal: be happy, be nice and be helpful. (I am a firm believer that this goal is the key to achieving all others. When I get down I can't concentrate on being my best)

Clyde/Athena goal: reach out and touch a Clyde/Athena or two. Physically meet up and ride.

Jay
+1 on both. I started the goal of being kind a few years back -- it is very much the right thing to do.

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While there was that really long similar post earlier this month, here is what I'l actually use for 2009

Miilage:
Ride 3,000 milles (this will be tough)

Complete a Frostburg to Hancock and back ride (unsupported Century Ride)
Complete at least 1 organized Century ride


Weigh less than 200 lbs on December 31, 2009 (currently 223 after getting down to 203 at the start of August)

Find a way to build up/ have built up a new bike w/ Rival and a frame that is nicer than my aluminum OCR

That is it for now. I had wanted to include a 200K ride and a triathalon. But decided to go for sustained success rather than up and down success like this year. The 3000 miles will be tough. Hopefully I'll get started on that tomorrow regardless of weather.
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While there was that really long similar post earlier this month, here is what I'l actually use for 2009

Miilage:
Ride 3,000 milles (this will be tough)

Complete a Frostburg to Hancock and back ride (unsupported Century Ride)
Complete at least 1 organized Century ride


Weigh less than 200 lbs on December 31, 2009 (currently 223 after getting down to 203 at the start of August)

Find a way to build up/ have built up a new bike w/ Rival and a frame that is nicer than my aluminum OCR

That is it for now. I had wanted to include a 200K ride and a triathalon. But decided to go for sustained success rather than up and down success like this year. The 3000 miles will be tough. Hopefully I'll get started on that tomorrow regardless of weather.
The weight control is a real problem for me.
Started at 223 lbs, dropped to 198 lbs.
Got in 11,200 miles, Now 210 lbs.
2009 Goal, 20,000 miles, I eat to have the energy to ride.
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2,000+ miles
At least 3 full century rides (supported)
At least 3 metric century rides
I'd like to lose some weight, but I can never get serious about dieting
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Old 12-31-08, 12:16 PM   #10
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- 4000 miles (almost got it this year. 2009 I will hit it for certain!)

- Finish a brevet series up to 400k (200, 300 and 400k this season. Aiming for a S-R in the future.)

- Get my weight fluctuation under control. Lost 30 pounds in 2007, rode more but gained it back in 2008. I don't care if my weight is stable at 230 or 250 pounds, just that it's stable.
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2500 miles
Drop 50 lbs.

last year I wanted 3000 miles and only got 2000 so maybe this will at least be achievable.
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Old 12-31-08, 01:10 PM   #12
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I set a personal best back in 04. A 10,000ft century in 7:40 timed event. 7:10 on the bike. I did it 3 years ina row. I was 220 and felt great. In 07 I managed to lose sight of goals and began concentrating on keeping Gina on the bike. I did a 12,000 ft century, completed it well within the time limits but didn't feel as good at 235 lbs.

So my goal is to drop backdown to 220 at an attempt to break my 04 personal best on the ride.


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Old 12-31-08, 01:13 PM   #13
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Lose 50 pounds
Quit Smoking
Ride a century
Bike commute to work more
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Old 12-31-08, 01:24 PM   #14
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Ok, having been the one to start this thread, I wanted to make sure my goals were what I wanted them to be.

So here they are:
- Minimum of 1 race per month after January. Whether it's walking, running, or triathlon, it gives me a short term goal to work towards. The first 4 are as follows:
2/15/2009 Last Chance for Boston Half-Marathon
3/8/2009 Arnold Classic 5k Racewalk
4/18/2009 Miami Student Foundation Triathlon
5/2/2009 Capital City Half-Marathon
- Increase my speed per mile:
- walking: down to 12:00/Mi
- Running: "just do it" - My fiancee (1 mile without stopping)
- Riding: sustain 15 MPH for 1 hour mimum
- Swimming - 400 meters under 12 minutes
- Distance
- Walking: Complete a marathon
- Running: Complete a 5k
- Riding: Complete a Century
- Swimming - 800 meters without stopping
- Weight
- Lose 79 pounds by 7/19/09

I think that gives me enough serious goals for the year. I need to break the weight one down, but it will basically be small goals of roughly 10 lbs a month. That's easily doable.
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I will loose the 40lbs and get to 190lbs
I will do 3 centuries un supported
I will do one ride over 200km
I will ride 4000km
I will help club organize new tour
I will promote cycling to anyone who will or will not listen
I will buy another bike
Those are cycling goals for the year but they will never get in the way of my main goal every year. Be the best father and husband that I can.
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For my goals, I kept it simple this year:
1. Ride more than last year
2. Lose 2 pounds a week.

I've tried WW, counting calories, etc, and it just doesn't work well for me. So I decided I would just focus on eating less. For example, instead of having 3 sandwiches, have only one or two. Naturally, I'm going to have to exercise more, as well, so I'm going to biking more, and pushups, crunches, etc.

So, that's about as detailed as I want to get for now.

Good luck with your goals!

edit: Number 3. Watch my temper a little more closely. Three is enough for the year. :0)

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Get to the point where I'm not allowed in the Clydesdale forums any longer.
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The weight control is a real problem for me.
Started at 223 lbs, dropped to 198 lbs.
Got in 11,200 miles, Now 210 lbs.
2009 Goal, 20,000 miles, I eat to have the energy to ride.
HOw the heck do you find time to put in close to 1,000 miles a month? That is amazing!

I could use a couple pointers since I'm going to need to average almost 300 a month to get to my 3,000 mile goal
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How the heck do you find time to put in close to 1,000 miles a month? That is amazing!

I could use a couple pointers since I'm going to need to average almost 300 a month to get to my 3,000 mile goal
It is very easy for me.
First you have to retire from Work.
Second move to a warm climate. Rode 87 mi yesterday Temps 39* to 74* Sunny.
Third meet a group that rides SIX days each week.
I commute to Dave's House 7.5 mi one way.
He rides his Birthday 6 days a week. He is 65 y/o
He is also a bike mechanic. He knows something is wrong with my bike when it first appears.Then he fixes it. He has sponsored a ride from his house for over ten years now.
So please move and come ride with us.
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Give me 12 years, if everything works out, I'll be right there with you. If I could retire in my 40's and just ride bike, life would be the epitamy of the definition of "grand".

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It is very easy for me.
First you have to retire from Work.
Second move to a warm climate. Rode 87 mi yesterday Temps 39* to 74* Sunny.
Third meet a group that rides SIX days each week.
I commute to Dave's House 7.5 mi one way.
He rides his Birthday 6 days a week. He is 65 y/o
He is also a bike mechanic. He knows something is wrong with my bike when it first appears.Then he fixes it. He has sponsored a ride from his house for over ten years now.
So please move and come ride with us.
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Ride 3000 miles
Drop another 34 pounds to get below 200 pounds.
Compete in the 70-mile version of the Tour of the Tucson Mountains in April
Compete in the 109-mile version of the El Tour de Tucson in November
Increase average speed
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Short Term - No junk food for two months. I think I can manage that one. I know saying it for a year would result in failure and then a bad mood. Maybe next year I can swing 4 months and the next a whole year or something.

Long Term Goals-

1) Eat less junk for the rest of the year after the two months of no junk. Hopefully even throw in a couple more junkless months in.

2) Break 2000 miles on my trike this year.

3) Tour for the first time and hopefully accumulate at least a month of touring time.

4) Get back down to my weight when I got married. It might not be slim, but it would knock me out of the Athena category. I think with lots of cycling (especially with the help of touring), it's a doable goal.
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3,500 miles
Some upper body workout
drop 50 lbs.
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I would like to be around 260 by the end of the year. This years ankle surgery and massive OT at work has really kept me off the bike and out of the gym the last part of 2008. I knew I would regaun some weight, but not keep it this long. Hope to keep working out, joining Weight Watchers, and just relax. That seems to work the best for me.

Need to get the house back up to par. The outside gutters need redone, replace ALL the sceens, paint, and fix the front porch rail.

Cleaning up my life, and work space. I need to get ALLOT of crap out of my life and garage. Thoreau would have a fit! Get rid of junk around the house and garage. Clean up my schedule and free up time. Quit having specialized junk and get more general. Except for riding shorts! Need to sel/move a couple fo junker bikes and parts that I only need in case of "28 Days Later" type futures. I'm willling to risk it with my Hardrock and road bike (to be named later).

I want to hit all five metric centuries in the St louis region this year. Get down to jboyds and ride the trail monthly, and even cross over to KY and ride a few trails down there.

I will only use my cycle-computer for the first twenty days of the month! The rest is mine to have fun with.

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I'll relist from the previous list, and some additional thoughts and goals.

1. March: Soldier Ride Lone Star Challenge for my brothers and sisters https://www.woundedwarriorproject.or...gory/127/1011/
We will ride from Dallas to Austin and joing the group. From there we will ride with each Soldier Ride group all the way to Corpus Christie.

2. October: Livestrong challenge Austin for those I've lost and those who won.
http://www.livestrongchallenge.org/s...IoE/b.3921455/

3. Contemplating seeing how many times I can circle Indianapolis Motor Speedway (This is more of a wish than a goal)

4. At least 4000 miles for the year. Hopefully more.

5. Commute part time

6. At least 50 pounds weight loss.

7. Race at least one mass start Crit by the beginning of Fall.

8. Help start a bike Co-Op in Dallas

9. Complete a 200K Brevet in the designated time allowed

10. No more Physical Therapy. Probably not gonna happen, but I can dream.
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