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Old 12-10-12, 02:58 PM   #26
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1. Lose 20 lbs.
2. Do a three-day tour during Easter weekend.
3. Lead the ride I was leading last year when I crashed and fractured my collar bone, but this time without the crash.
4. Spend a week at the Italian Cycling Center and ride Monte Grappa while I am there.
5. Ride to my 30th high school reunion in western MA and flip the bird (in my mind, of course) to some of the guys I couldn't stand back then.
6. Lead another group on New Hope-Brooklyn.
7. Ride my 22nd consecutive MS 150 City-to-Shore.
8. Clear at least $20 million in the lottery and begin planing my ultimate cross-country tour for 2014.

Good goals. I like number 5 and would flip the bird outright! lol The best part is when those guys try to friend you on facebook.

on number 3, what ride was it?

Would love to tag along on number 6.
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Old 12-10-12, 03:03 PM   #27
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Good goals. I like number 5 and would flip the bird outright! lol The best part is when those guys try to friend you on facebook.

on number 3, what ride was it?

Would love to tag along on number 6.
You can tag along on #6. I'll hitch a ride on #8
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Old 12-10-12, 03:13 PM   #28
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You can tag along on #6. I'll hitch a ride on #8
Not sure you all would get along.........
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Cycle 8000 miles
Complete 12 centuries
Increase my average cycling speed to 24mph
Run a 5k in 18 minutes or less and do a 10k in less than 38minutes
Enter a triathalon
Get down to 5% bodyfat
Bench 300lbs
Train for a black belt in karate
Donate 15% of my salary to a charity
Take 12 college credits
Volunteer over 200 hours


I changed my mind......

I like Vesteroids goals better, so that's what I'm doing:;
Don't die.
Drink more.
Have more sex!
Ride more to improve chances of first three.

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1. Lose 40 pounds
2. Not find any of those 40 (or any of the others) again
3. Ride 4000 miles
4. Get stronger as evidenced on the hills
5. Plan and complete SF to LA ride this summer (anyone want to consider joining this?)

and vesteroids goals too!
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Old 12-11-12, 09:00 AM   #31
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Good goals. I like number 5 and would flip the bird outright! lol The best part is when those guys try to friend you on facebook.

on number 3, what ride was it?

Would love to tag along on number 6.
Just some gorgeous 77 mile ride (6,900' elevation gain) in Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Made it to about mile 48 when someone kicked up a stick that lodged laterally between the right side of my front rim and the inside of my fork, locking up my wheel and sending me flying while I was doing between 15 and 17 mph. And old dude on the ride who used to race in college said it was the strangest accident he had ever seen. The stick was still lodged between the wheel and the fork when he picked up the bike to inspect it. Oddly, the only damage to the bike was a tweek of the rear wheel.

You talked about doing New York last year. As always, it will be open to everyone who wants to register.
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Just some gorgeous 77 mile ride (6,900' elevation gain) in Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Made it to about mile 48 when someone kicked up a stick that lodged laterally between the right side of my front rim and the inside of my fork, locking up my wheel and sending me flying while I was doing between 15 and 17 mph. And old dude on the ride who used to race in college said it was the strangest accident he had ever seen. The stick was still lodged between the wheel and the fork when he picked up the bike to inspect it. Oddly, the only damage to the bike was a tweek of the rear wheel.

You talked about doing New York last year. As always, it will be open to everyone who wants to register.
The wreck sounds bad. Yikes.

I think I had to travel for work. Maybe I will not have to travel so much this next year
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Most of these are borrowed from previous posts but they will work for me too.

Don't die.
Drink more.
Have more sex!
Ride more to improve chances of first three.
Ride in every month throughout the winter
Clear at least $20 million in the lottery
Join a bike group for a ride once a week

Prepare for and Participate in the following events:

1. Tour of Lakes (Brainerd, MN) June 1 (35-40 or 65-70 miles)
2. Tour de Cure (Fargo, ND) June 15 (unsure of mileage options)
3. Tour of Saints (St. Joseph, MN) July 7 (18, 35 or 50 miles)
4. Tour de Pines (Park Rapids, MN) Aug 17 (25, 50 or 75 miles)
5. Headwaters 100 (Park Rapids, MN) September 28 (45, 75 or 100 miles)
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The wreck sounds bad. Yikes.

I think I had to travel for work. Maybe I will not have to travel so much this next year
You travelled for work over Labor Day weekend? It's always the day before Labor Day.
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Old 12-11-12, 01:13 PM   #35
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You travelled for work over Labor Day weekend? It's always the day before Labor Day.
Could have been 1 of four things:

1) work travel (yes, we travel on holidays. Welcome to corporate. )
2) it was my b-day and I had something else planned
3) went on another ride
4) traveled for pleasure

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Old 12-11-12, 01:23 PM   #36
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Prepare for and Participate in the following events:

1. Tour of Lakes (Brainerd, MN) June 1 (35-40 or 65-70 miles)
2. Tour de Cure (Fargo, ND) June 15 (unsure of mileage options)
3. Tour of Saints (St. Joseph, MN) July 7 (18, 35 or 50 miles)
4. Tour de Pines (Park Rapids, MN) Aug 17 (25, 50 or 75 miles)
5. Headwaters 100 (Park Rapids, MN) September 28 (45, 75 or 100 miles)
Heh. I rode the nothern tier many moons ago. Stayed in Fargo, Strawberry Lake and Lake Itasca. Got as far noth as Bemidji then stayed at or passed through Lake Pennington, Grand Rapids, Malmo, Mile Lacs and Isle on the way to Minneapolis and then south down the river through Red Wing, Winona, La Crescent and Brownsville into IA. All together, we spent two weeks in MN (one night across the border in Osceola, WI). There seemed to be beer (and mosquitoes) everywhere.
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Heh. I rode the nothern tier many moons ago. Stayed in Fargo, Strawberry Lake and Lake Itasca. Got as far noth as Bemidji then stayed at or passed through Lake Pennington, Grand Rapids, Malmo, Mile Lacs and Isle on the way to Minneapolis. There seemed to be beer (and mosquitoes) everywhere.
We live west of Mille Lacs Lake and yes, this is the land of beer and mosquitoes!
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Goals (it feels good to post them, and will keep me honest):

1. Try the local brevet series and see how far I can get. (The 100K should be straightforward; I've ridden most of the course. I'm hoping I can manage the 200K; I think it's unlikely I'll try the 300K, at least not the local one, as the series is all pretty early in the year.)
2. Do some other local centuries, including doing at least one of the flatter ones as a speed challenge-slash-reward for working on hills. (See point #3).
3. Get better at hills. (And not by losing weight, at least not as a plan -- I mean practice.) The local group rides seem deeply enamored of throwing themselves up every slope around, and I am awful at them, which means I can't keep up with any of them.
4. Up my commuting mileage to more like 40-50mi/week rather than 20-ish in the summer. (It's going to stay low in the winter as pitch-dark rush hour traffic isn't my favorite).

Oh, and:
5. Still get out for some decent-length canoe paddles. (I had a scary capsize on the last run of last summer, partially wrapped the boat -- royalex is tough stuff, thankfully -- and I need to get back in the groove before I get skittish.)
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Prepare for and Participate in the following events:

1. Tour of Lakes (Brainerd, MN) June 1 (35-40 or 65-70 miles)
2. Tour de Cure (Fargo, ND) June 15 (unsure of mileage options)
3. Tour of Saints (St. Joseph, MN) July 7 (18, 35 or 50 miles)
4. Tour de Pines (Park Rapids, MN) Aug 17 (25, 50 or 75 miles)
5. Headwaters 100 (Park Rapids, MN) September 28 (45, 75 or 100 miles)
Another to consider is the Great River Energy/Mesabi trail bike tour on August 3. http://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy/
It looks like you June is pretty full but a beautiful ride is the Superior Vista's ride starting in Washburn, Wisconsin. http://www.superiorvistas.org/
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Another to consider is the Great River Energy/Mesabi trail bike tour on August 3. http://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy/
It looks like you June is pretty full but a beautiful ride is the Superior Vista's ride starting in Washburn, Wisconsin. http://www.superiorvistas.org/
I will add these to to list. The Mesabi Trail bike tour fills a hole in the calendar nicely. The Superior Vista ride might be a little too much for June but I will pencil it in anyway. Thanks for the suggestions!
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5. Plan and complete SF to LA ride this summer (anyone want to consider joining this?)
I'd love to be in on that, but I'm not sure I have the condition to get close. So, I'll consider it. :-)

What I do want to do is:
1. lose 20 lbs before Memorial Day, dropping to 170
2. ride a century
3. total 3k miles
3. lose 20 pounds by the end of the summer dropping to 150

And do all of that while eating what I want, but maybe not as much of it.
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Old 12-11-12, 10:59 PM   #42
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Not sure you all would get along.........
Reminds me, I need to add to my goals "ride with IBOHUNT."
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I'm totally lost on where I need to get to on my weight. Completely. Utterly. Lost. I've been a featherweight of 201lbs when I was under-weight and trained up to 216lbs. But marriage and lack of exercise slid me back to 260lbs. This year I dropped from 260 to 235lbs (current), and went from a 40" waist to wearing my 33" waist jeans (this week) that I haven't worn in over 10 years.


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1. Find my ideal weight, probably near 220 or 225 without fat.
2. Train 6 days a week (minus business travel needs)
3. Ride a 165 mile loop around the Cleavland National Forest (Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County)
4. Run a 10k with my wife
5. Do a mini-triathalon
6. Do a standard Tri.
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Ride a metric century (probably around easter)
Ride 50km with my daughter in a morning. She is 8yo.
Ride to work more often - Currently only about 1 day a week.
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Reminds me, I need to add to my goals "ride with IBOHUNT."
When you do, place a rope and connect it to his bike. You will make good time... I promise!
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Reminds me, I need to add to my goals "ride with IBOHUNT."
All I need is a when, where and some Chef Bars.

CASA Century this year will hopefully be a 5:33 or less deal.
Put 2 Cliff bars in your jersey, fill 2 bottles and hang on for the ride. We'll stop at mile 50 for refills.
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Goals for 2013? Hmmmmm, let's see....

1) Ride 2500 miles. Goal for 2012 was 1800. Now at 2173 with an eye on 2300, so 2500 should be very do-able.

2) Drop the 20 to 30 pounds my doctor has been hassling me to lose.

3) Get a better grip on my diabetes.

4) Join a local club and start doing some social rides.

5) Metric century in the spring (possibly the Chicagoland Tour de Cure June 1st).

6) Standard century in the fall (shooting for the Northshore Century in late September).

7) And as always, enjoy the ride.

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Only been back a few months after a false start a few years ago. Now I am diabetic, so no more backing off is allowed. This year's goals were simply to start riding and work on my diet. Setting goals as a cyclist for the first year:
1. Lose 48 pounds.
2. Drop my A1C from 8.0 to 4.0 (Blood sugar level)
3. Ride 5000 miles
4. Complete the 50 mile Tour de Cure in March
5. Do at least two two days bike tours
6. Do a bike friendly vacation
7. Be well on the road to doing my first century
8. Find a job or start a business to make some money to be able to do more cycling
9. STRECH MORE
10. Combat chronic pain with a much improved fitness level
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All I need is a when, where and some Chef Bars.

CASA Century this year will hopefully be a 5:33 or less deal.
Put 2 Cliff bars in your jersey, fill 2 bottles and hang on for the ride. We'll stop at mile 50 for refills.
Yes, I skipped CASA this year because I wasn't strong enough to drive 3.5 hours to WV, let alone ride. I'll see what I can do next year.
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When you do, place a rope and connect it to his bike. You will make good time... I promise!
To pun on Peter C.'s famous self-slam, I don't want to be the IBO anchor.
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