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Old 11-22-08, 01:07 PM   #1
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Reached my goal .... Now what

Last year, my first on a road bike, the miles just mounted. By December 31, I was just shy of 2000 miles. This year I decided I would shoot for 3000. I broke through that barrier on yesterdays ride. With the weather getting colder and the holidays looming and only 6 weeks left to the year I don't know how much more riding I'll get in. There's always the trainer but trainer miles don't count. Anyone else experiencing this same dilemma? Heck, what do I shoot for next year. This year I sometimes feel like I spent too much time on the bike at the xpense of other things I like to do.
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Old 11-22-08, 01:19 PM   #2
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Either ride more, ride harder, or do something else that's challenging?
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Old 11-22-08, 01:26 PM   #3
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Just keep riding. It's even better now that there's no pressure to make your goal. I'm not quite at my goal, but I can make it with just one ride a week, so the pressure is off for me. To me, if the reaching the goal becomes to much like work (or training?) it's not fun anymore.
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Old 11-22-08, 02:23 PM   #4
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I reached my goal this week, too. I always do fewer long rides in the cooler weather anyway, so I'm just on cruise control the rest of the year.
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Old 11-22-08, 05:20 PM   #5
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Congrats! What next? Just follow my three step plan listed below.

1. Enjoy the accomplishment for a day or two.

2. Set new goal.

3. Begin work on new goal.
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Old 11-22-08, 06:27 PM   #6
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Just keep rinding. That's what I do.

Last year, my second season, I hit my mileage goal (4,000) during Thanksgiving week. I thought another 5% was too easy, but another 10% seemed too much. So I added on our county sales tax of 8% (330 more miles). Made it with 3.26 miles to spare.

This year I seriously underestimated how much I'd ride and hit my goal of 4,750 in the first week of November. But I'd also picked an arbitrary pie-in-the-sky "challenge goal" of 5,200. As of today, I'm only 233.74 miles from that.

I had also set other non-mileage goals for the year and have hit nearly every one.

Still working on what next year's goals might be.
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Old 11-22-08, 07:09 PM   #7
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Goals.
So your riding hinges on a number eh? Why? Don't you enjoy riding? Don't you ride to enjoy yourself? This is something you come across periodically, people who are lost because they've reached their 'goal' and I've come to the conclusion that this 'goal setting' racket is just that, a racket, a con job. It's nothing real and consequently, pointless.

This is not because setting yourself a goal to work towards is pointless in itself, it's clearly not, but it should be a minor part of the whole. Similarly, 'training' which implies riding just to meet performance goals or 'riding to get fit'.

For heaven's sake, life's far too valuable to waste chasing some nebulous thing you've made up on the spot or worse, you've been told you have to chase by marketing men or journalists.

DO THINGS on your bike. Go to the cafe for a coffee, you know, that funny little cafe in that town 50 miles up the coast. Go explore a part of your local country side - how the hell can you enjoy the scenery when you're belting through it in a 'bunch' and trying to maintain the 'paceline' and all the other nonsense that goes on with group riding. But it's not just 'roadies' who fall into this trap. Go onto the commuter forum and you'll find people who don't do anything but commute, fixie riders who are there for the 'scene' and I'm quite sure you'll find tourers who are touring just because 'it's the thing you do'.

Pah!

Make your bike part of your life and enjoy is. They are immensely versatile tools ... well, they can be when you ignore the marketing idiots. Trouble is, many people get stuck in their single purpose rut and miss out on a lot of living as a result.

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Old 11-22-08, 07:11 PM   #8
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Distance goals are a mug's game. Just enjoy the ride. I have no goals further in advance than the ride I am on.

europa posted just before me so, yeah, what he said.
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I guess I could do a big rant putting down those who don't want to do mileage goals, but I don't think I'll stoop to the level some here have, and I can't feature myself ever jumping into the middle of a "stop and smell the roses" thread to lecture that everyone should set a mileage goal. Instead, I'll just point out that some of us really enjoy working toward goals.

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Old 11-22-08, 10:20 PM   #10
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Different strokes for different folks. (and so on and so on and shoobie doobie doobie)

Each of has different wiring which determines what does and does not motivate us. Figure out what is important to you and what works to push you to accomplish it.
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Old 11-22-08, 10:42 PM   #11
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The bulk of my rides are solo, and stop and smell the roses. Thats why I'm wondering about next year. I think I'd like to get my speed up a bit so I can ride the same number of miles, but spend more time in my kayak, or hiking or just fishing. Looking at my log in the training center software that came with my edge 305, it took 245 hours (not counting stopped time) to ride that 3000 miles.I maybe 50+ but I'm still working full time. I just think I need to diversify a little more.
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Old 11-22-08, 11:34 PM   #12
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...I just think I need to diversify a little more.
Well, youngster you hit it in the last part of your post. The key is to diversify. Do as many different and interesting things as you can. Do things that are mentally challenging to keep the brain going. Do other things that are artistic. Yet others that are athletic in different ways.

Each will help you stay physically fit and, most important, mentally strong. Plus, most people don't diversify so you will get to meet a lot of different people; people who will enrich your life.

Live! Don't be a slave to any numbers but your bank account balance and the calculation of whether it will support your life.
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Old 11-22-08, 11:38 PM   #13
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This year I was more bike-heavy than any year previous, and I'm paying for it. I'm all about balance, so I'm setting new goals to include more weight training and other activities not involving a bike. Once I sort out the time management (e.g., walk the dogs or hit the gym when it's dark, ride the trainer in the early mornings instead of reading BF [sacrilege, I know]) I'll be able to address those issues.

Really, it all comes down to what you value and what motivates you. Only you know that.
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Old 11-23-08, 12:42 AM   #14
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Goals.
So your riding hinges on a number eh? Why? Don't you enjoy riding? Don't you ride to enjoy yourself? This is something you come across periodically, people who are lost because they've reached their 'goal' and I've come to the conclusion that this 'goal setting' racket is just that, a racket, a con job. It's nothing real and consequently, pointless.

blah blah blah blah
If goals aren't your thing, why did you bother to click on the thread about goals? And then spend 15 minutes typing a document about how stupid goals are?

I think you just like the clickety-click sound your keyboard makes.
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Old 11-23-08, 01:07 AM   #15
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Heel, Roody, heel! The dude was just adding his 2 cents just like the rest of us. Set whatever goal holds personal meaning for you but why diss someone who is only trying to encourage us to enjoy the journey?

Love ya, too, Roody
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Old 11-23-08, 08:55 AM   #16
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I initially read that as "reached my goat." That's what I get for reading BF too early in the morning. Do whatever feels right - maybe shoot for 3,300 miles by the end of the year. You can do it - it's cars that have problems starting on cold days, not bikes. Anyhow, congradulations on setting a goal and reaching it!

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Old 11-23-08, 09:34 AM   #17
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The quickest, but not the cheapest way to set more goals within biking is to buy a brand new bike that supposedly will help you set more goals.

If you want to climb better, get that carbon 15 lb bike with stiff wheels. If you want to ride long distance get that same 15 lb carbon bike. That wheelset alone will cost you more than your starter bike.

You'll go faster only because you think you can. Believe me, it will take you to a whole new level. Cervelo RS (retired senior).
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I'm a bit confused about the OP. Was your ultimate goal 3k miles / year? So you are a moth who has actually flown to the sun and survived? Now back on earth you wonder at the mundane of it all. Is that it?

I'd ask why you set the goal? If it's to see how much you can do then, set the next goal at 3,500. Or set it to do a particular purpose like ride a double century or a century if you haven't. Or try a very difficult century like the Ring of Fire we have here.

Or diversify and add mountain biking with the goal of doing some spectacular trails which demand skill and conditioning. Frex, a buddy of mine finished, with buckle, the Leadville 100 when he was 45. He thought that sort of riding was beyond him but two years ago he got serious again and made it.

The choices are limitless.
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As the OP, thats pretty much it. Attaining the goal did not seem that difficult after the fact. I think next year will be to ride at least one century. And hopefully that wont take as much of my time so I can get back to some of the other things I enjoy as well. I have to admit that in the current economic climate cycling is probably one of the least costly of all my endeavors.
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I initially read that as "reached my goat."
I find goals are much easier to set than goats. Goats tend to wanter about on their own.

Likewise, reaching goals is easier than reaching goats, since the goats run away.

And those cycling goats, boy, they sure can climb!
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At ages 76 and 73 we do not set cycling goals.
Hell, we are retired; the goal is to have fun while we still can!
Did check mileage log and got in over 4,500 miles so far.
Our worst/best riding was in 1984 when we covered over 13,000 miles on our tandem (and was working full time).
Goals are not necessary; however, to each his/her own.
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Old 11-23-08, 05:30 PM   #22
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if you are 3000 miles you should at least shoot to get to 5000 kilometers
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We have goats across the street. I haven't tried to set them. They are cute. The end.
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I've known a number of cyclists over the decades who:

1) Got their dream bike
2) Met their mileage/race-finish/number-of-events goal
3) Went on their ultimate ride

and

4) Dropped out of cycling

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