I hit one of my major goals a couple of weeks ago, 1000 miles. It's the first time ever I have ridden anything close to that in the course of a year. I think my previous high might have been about 400. I believe it was the third week of Sept., but I found it to be somehow anticlimactic. I guess I didn't expect to hit it on a nondescript ride in the middle of the week. I got a bigger kick out of passing my first cyclist later the same week. I was on my morning darkness ride and saw another blinky turn onto the road I was on some long ways ahead of me. In about 1 1/2 miles I caught up to him, slowed to say good morning and ask how he was doing, (all done up in his full kit on a super racer) and then picked back up to my own speed and left him behind. What a nice feeling! I am no longer the slowest person in the world on a bike.
For that matter I would have ridden further with him, but I was on a really fast ride and wanted to see if it would be a new personal best for me. It was a new personal high of 16.8 avg. mph over my 10 1/2 mile excersize ride. So another small milestone.
Then I had a week business trip, then a nasty head cold last weekend and now heavy rain predicted for this entire weekend. I feel already as though I am getting out of shape. Fall is a busy season for my work and so I am looking for some pointers to slow my riding schedule somewhat while not losing it.
My own thought is to try to keep up a ride every other day, knowing that there will be a couple of weeks where I will be travelling and also the usual winter ice storms etc. and so it will become something less than every other day. I worked really hard this year to get in shape and I will hate to lose it.
My question to all of you long term in shape types is; How frequently to some of you ride during the winter to keep a semblance of fitness? By the way its gotta be on the bike, I hate and get bored to death in gyms!