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Old 04-03-10, 04:17 PM   #1
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The 2010 500 mile/month challenge

Jesspal started the 2009 500 mile challenge.

I really benefited from that thread and rode 5000 miles last year. There is nothing wrong with some online motivation!

I’m going to try to ride 500 miles/month from April to October. Anyone else?

Anyone can report any result. Normally, participants will post accumulated miles once or twice as the month progresses, and will then provide a month end total.

It not necessary to meet the 500 mile goal either. If you’re tracking your accumulative totals and would like to build-up to 500 miles/month feel free to participate.

It’s all about fitness and motivation as a Clyde or Athena.
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Old 04-03-10, 04:31 PM   #2
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Sure, I already have 135 miles "in the bank" for April.
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I'm in; this will be great motivation for me. I usually get close anyway commuting to work and a few weekend rides, but having a monthly goal will help me stretch it.
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Old 04-03-10, 06:12 PM   #4
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April 1 - 26
April 2 - 16
April 3 - 63
April 4 - 17
April 5 - 13
April 6 - 0
April 7 - 72
April 8 - 0
April 9 - 0
April 10 - 22
April 11 - 40
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April 14 - 15
April 15 - 2
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April 17 - 0
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April 19 - 15
April 20 - 16
April 21 - 7
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April 23 - 33
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April 26 - 16
April 27 - 16
April 28 - 16
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573 for March, but it is a little easier in Tx. 85 so far in April.
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1652.6 for the year. I'm doing just a little over 500/month so far.
Working on my R-12 series for the Randonneurs USA has been a big motivation. 12 consecutive months of a 200k ride or longer.

Hey Hammond - these early months are easier in TX, but not when you kids start seeing triple digit temperatures! I'll take 28F and a dusting of snow over 110F any day.
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I'll be in starting in May. I have a triathlon May 1, so I've been focusing more on intensity than duration of my rides. Once I get that tri done, I'm going to start upping the distance...
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1652.6 for the year. I'm doing just a little over 500/month so far.
Working on my R-12 series for the Randonneurs USA has been a big motivation. 12 consecutive months of a 200k ride or longer.

Hey Hammond - these early months are easier in TX, but not when you kids start seeing triple digit temperatures! I'll take 28F and a dusting of snow over 110F any day.
Summer in Texas is OK if you can ride in the morning. I completed an R12 last year. That's a tough goal. Forces you to get out and ride on days when you would really rather not. Did the March ride last year on a terribly windy day. To do the July and August rides I had to start at 5am. Then I messed around in September, and didn't ride my 200k until the end of the month and ended up riding one of our hardest rides on a pretty hot day.
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I'm hoping to do at least that much from May to the end of Aug. Work schedule is tough. I've gotten a couple of 100 mile weeks in since the snow melted, and I'll do as much a possible.
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127 miles MTD
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OK, I'm in. I'm up to 23 miles so far as I attempt a comeback.
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I am in - might do mine in kilos though.
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I'm game. I think... I need to up my miles any. MS150 in two weeks and I would really like to go for an R12.

Texas isn't so bad. I can handle the heat. Its the umbrella I want to carry to protect me from the sun that I am having problems working onto the bike.
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Can I join? I only have 30 miles so far this month but I think I can get another 470 in before its done! I look forward to the motivation!

I will be counting "miles" on the rollers, if that's OK. Sometimes weather and work conspire to keep me off the road.

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I am in, April until October. Good Luck to all!

April 1: 22 / 3: 38 / 4: 30 / 7: strength training in AM and 12 mtb in pm / 10: 50.3 / 11: 60 rain 1 hour and 2 flats (same piece of glass found on 2nd flat) / 13: 22 / 16: 34.1 AE / 17: 100.5 / 20: 20.5 / 22: 12 mtb / 24: 42.2 AE / 25: 42.2 RR / 27: / 20.6 / 28: 12 mtb April Total Distance: 518.4 miles

May: 1: 54 / 2: 42 / 4: 23.1 z4x8 / 5: 22.5 z3 / 7: 23 z4x6 / 8: 56.5 GR / 15: 67 / 16: 43 / 18:6 / 20:30 / 22:50 /23:28.5 / 24:22.6 / 27:22.3 / 29:44.7 GR / 30:42.2 RR / 31: 34 May Total Distance:
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June 4: 22.4 / 5: 44.7 GR / 6: 34 RR / 9: 22.2 / 12: 43.2 GR / 13: 36.3 RR / 17: 33.6 / 19: 64.3 / 20: 36.9 / 26: 50.3 Total Distance: 388 miles

July 1: 22 / 3: 45.7 GR / 4: 37.41 / 5: 30.39 / 10: 62.4 / 11: 34.35 / 13: 37.61 GR / 17: 30.33 / 18: 34.37 / 20: 34.69 GR /22: 23.56 / 24: 46.31 / 28: 37.47 new saddle test = embrace the pain / 31:47.88 Total Distance July: 524.44
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August 3: 34.4 / 5: 34.43 / 7: 41.6 / 8: 27.9 / 10: rain / 12: saddle failure / 14: 52.84 JGR / 15: 41.35 RR / 19: 34.63 /21: 44.9 / 22: 39.58 / 24: 32.67 gr / 26: 41.06 GR / 28: 41.45 / 29: : Total Distance August: 468.06 miles

September 3: 30.24 / 4: 42.57 / 6: 51.35 /
Total Distance September: 124.16 miles

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So, how does this work? Do we report back every month? Every week? Every day? Whenever we want?

I did 25 miles today to bring my MTD to a whopping 55!
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So, how does this work? Do we report back every month? Every week? Every day? Whenever we want?

I did 25 miles today to bring my MTD to a whopping 55!
Anyone can report any result. Normally, participants will post accumulated miles once or twice as the month progresses, and will then provide a month end total.

It not necessary to meet the 500 mile goal either. If you’re tracking your accumulative totals and would like to build-up-to 500 miles/month, feel free to participate.
It’s all about fitness and motivation as a Clyde or Athena.

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Cool. I understand. I am looking forward to this.
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I'm in April- October as well. Ill post my mileage when I get home from work.
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I hope that April is the start 500 mile months for me. I just missed in January with 475. Between the weather, family stuff, sickness, etc I was only able to get 320 miles in February and 320 miles in March. I am always happy to get over 300 miles in winter months.

I have a goal of getting more that 5000 miles by the first anniversary of getting my current bicycle. I have until 6Aug to do it. (I'm at 3660 as of today, so I am on a good pace to make it.)

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I am actually shooting for 200 miles per month, looking for at least 1200 this season. I ended up short last year, only about 900 miles.
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I will be counting "miles" on the rollers, if that's OK. Sometimes weather and work conspire to keep me off the road.
Roller/trainer/stationary miles can be a point of contention. I count them; miles is miles, right? I don't think it makes any difference if you're out on the road, on a spin bike in the gym, a mag trainer in your basement, or a set of rollers in front of your TV.
Of all the indoor trainers, I think rollers should definitely count since you have to work to stay balanced on them.
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I'm in... at 86 miles but there have been 3 perfect days and it looks a lot colder for the next week or so.
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Roller/trainer/stationary miles can be a point of contention. I count them; miles is miles, right? I don't think it makes any difference if you're out on the road, on a spin bike in the gym, a mag trainer in your basement, or a set of rollers in front of your TV.
Of all the indoor trainers, I think rollers should definitely count since you have to work to stay balanced on them.
Well, there is a difference between rollers and the road. The rollers have no hills and no wind, for starters. On these counts rollers are a lot easier. On the other hand I tend to go much, much "faster" on rollers. I ride at a consistently higher cadence for longer periods than I do on the road. One thing I know for sure, I am still wiped out after I get off the rollers so I figure I am doing something right.
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I havent been able to ride 100 miles for a month, much less 500. Something always crops up, mostly work.

I did 35 miles on the first and am heading out for another 35 tomorrow, so my target for April is 300
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