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    Goals/Rewards

    How many of you use them? How much help do they seem to be?

    I've used them in the past, and they seem to work OK, as long as I hold myself to them. Since I'm getting back in to riding, I've decided to set a few-

    GOALS-

    1) First and foremost, get out and RIDE. I need to find good routes around me, and possibly people to ride with. My wife is terrified of riding on a road, though. Makes it a little tough.

    2) Take on the 3 state/ 3 mountain century. Its right in my home town. I know if I even attempted it today, I'd probably die- But it gives me a nice goal. I assume it'll be in May again in 2011.

    3) After I've got that licked, take on the GAP. It's not too far away. I think I'll shoot for sometime in the fall...

    REWARDS-

    Well, Obviously I'm going to loose some weight- And probably live longer. That SHOULD be enough of a reward in itself (plus it'll get the $*#$ doctor to stop nagging me!), but I decided to sweeten the pot a little.

    I've decided that when I loose 25 more lbs, I'm going to order myself a new Lynskey bike... Not sure which one yet (though I am leaning towards a Sportive), but I am in love with them. Plus, They're only a few miles away from me- So I can deal with them directly. If anyone has any experience with them, and input to give, I'd love to hear it.

    If THAT can't keep my hands out of the twinkie jar, NOTHING will.

    Of course, it will only work if I hold to it all. The wife will help with the 25 lb loss thing, She won't 'let' me buy the bike if I don't loose the weight....

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    Most of my goals have been psychological in nature, except one big one - when I get under 200 I promised myself a new road bike to replace my 20 year old steed. Unfortunately, simply reaching that point in my weight loss doesn't translate into being able to afford a new bike. If I don't get a different job, in my own field, it'll never happen. When 200 was still 70, 60, even 50 pounds away, that aspect of it never even entered into the equation. Now that it's only 18 pounds in the future, it's becoming more of a stark reality, staring me in the face.
    Craig in Indy

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    Well, Craig- Dropping as far as you have is impressive in itself! 87 Lbs? Wow.

    I know I won't be going that far. I'm tipping the scales at 264 now- I'm down almost 20 from my max, but I seriously doubt I'll ever be under 200. Even when I was biking and swimming daily, I stayed at 205, no matter what I tried!

    I know how it goes with the job thing... I actually lost mine in Jan- That's when I sold my good road bike... It turned out to be for the better, though- I was out of work for about 6 months, then found a really crappy job on shore for a while (14-16 hrs a day, 6 days a week- It was killing me!), but then I got a call offering me an AWESOME job that paid quite a bit more than the last one did. Hopefully it'll work out for you, too!

    I've been putting $200 a week aside for a new toy- Just so I'm ready!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Most of my goals have been psychological in nature, except one big one - when I get under 200 I promised myself a new road bike to replace my 20 year old steed. Unfortunately, simply reaching that point in my weight loss doesn't translate into being able to afford a new bike. If I don't get a different job, in my own field, it'll never happen. When 200 was still 70, 60, even 50 pounds away, that aspect of it never even entered into the equation. Now that it's only 18 pounds in the future, it's becoming more of a stark reality, staring me in the face.
    Why does the suggestion of Craigslist seem especially appropriate here? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by andgott View Post
    3) After I've got that licked, take on the GAP. It's not too far away. I think I'll shoot for sometime in the fall...
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    Pittsburgh to DC? Or Pittsburgh to Cumberland? To DC includes the C & O Canal Towpath.

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    I used goals to do what I've done over the past year. I posted my goals on here so that I would be forced to hold myself accountable for achieving them. I never really built in a "reward." I figured getting my life back was enough.
    "Obstacles don't like me very much. I make them look bad."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Why does the suggestion of Craigslist seem especially appropriate here? :-)
    I've already been giving that some thought. Based on what I've seen during the past 8 or 10 weeks, though, the pickings around here are extremely thin, to say the least. Right now, for example, the only thing out there that is even close to meeting my needs is an '09 Cervelo that's listed at $2200. If I could afford $2200 for a bike I wouldn't be looking at CL to begin with.

    I'll continue to look, but I don't have a lot of confidence that there will be anything out there I'm interested in when the time comes. But that's OK - I've kind of resigned myself to the notion that it may be a year or more before I can afford anything anyway, and even that might be optimistic.
    Craig in Indy

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Pittsburgh to DC? Or Pittsburgh to Cumberland? To DC includes the C & O Canal Towpath.
    Oooh- I forgot that there is more than one gap... 'Round these parts, when you say the 'g' word, you are referring to this butt kicker- http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...a/144789160601
    That's the 'full' 6 gap, there are shorter versions, too... I don't know if I'll be up to a full century with those kinds of climbs that soon!

    The C&O towpath ride has always interested me, too- I might have to check that out some day. I find myself in the DC area every so often, I do an art exhibition in Bethesda almost every year. It's usually in November, though- Not exactly ideal riding weather up that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    I'll continue to look, but I don't have a lot of confidence that there will be anything out there I'm interested in when the time comes. But that's OK - I've kind of resigned myself to the notion that it may be a year or more before I can afford anything anyway, and even that might be optimistic.
    Yeah, Keep looking- Craigslist can have some amazing deals on it, you just never know. It's a real shame that they shut craiglook down, that was by far the easiest way to search for something that wasn't in your immediate metro area. I found more boats and boat parts that way!

    I see you are in Indy- I was born there, lived there a few yrs... Nice town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andgott View Post

    The C&O towpath ride has always interested me, too- I might have to check that out some day. I find myself in the DC area every so often, I do an art exhibition in Bethesda almost every year. It's usually in November, though- Not exactly ideal riding weather up that way!
    If you dress for the weather and bring food and water you should be OK. The trail surface will still be as good, or bad, as normal.

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