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Old 01-06-09, 05:09 PM   #1
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100 miles a week

I'm starting out the new year trying to do 100 miles per week. If I have a week where I ride more then 100 miles, do I tack it on to the next weeks ride, or just start the next week as a clean slate?
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Old 01-06-09, 05:18 PM   #2
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Depends if you are looking for a yearly total or made a resolution to do 100 miles a week. If it was the former, add it. If it was the latter, each week needs 100 miles.
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My mileage week begins on Sunday and end on Saturday. All miles ridden between those days apply to that week. Then each week starts new, at 0. Why would you apply miles ridden in the present week to the next week?
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miles don't roll over
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Is this like my cell phone deal? I think an average per week is better than an absolute per week. There will be some weeks that you go way over. Ultimately, you're going to measure the annual mileage anyways. There might be days when you're sick with the flu and cannot ride, or something else happens at work or school.
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Uh - this isn't work so there's no boss for you to satisfy.

The nice thing about bicycling goals is they are personal and you get to establish the rules.
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Old 01-06-09, 05:55 PM   #7
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I find that looking at my rolling 30-day total keeps me from obsessing too much over weekly totals. Too much variability in the weather (esp. in the winter). If I have a great week I know that I could blow it all next week -- likewise if this week is terrible I can catch up next week with a couple of long rides.
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Change that to "averaging 100 miles a week" . . . .
As long as you end up with 5200 or + miles for '09, you'll have reached your goal.
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Miles do roll over, but only if you subscribe to the CCCORLEW ROLLOVER PLAN™
Just send me your credit info, and I'll charge you $50 sign up, then only $1 a mile to roll over a mile to the next week. Then it will be all official and no one can claim you aren't doing it right.
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Ok Ok, I get the idea. I will just stick with trying to reach 4000+ for the year. I still like the idea of roll over miles though, maybe I could even borrow or buy some from one of my friends.
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Just ride, baby. Count them however you want. This is supposed to be fun, so count them whichever way makes it more fun for you.
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I would stop where ever you are when the ODO hits 100 for the week and walk the rest of the way.
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Old 01-06-09, 09:23 PM   #13
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This question is just so wrong.
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Go out and do 1,000 miles in one hit ... then spend 10 weeks recovering

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Targets and goals are there to be hit. Go for it- but remember that some weeks it will not be possible for you to hit the target.

Over milage should be counted as a bonus- but discounted. However a shortfall on one week- or several- should be obtained over the next few weeks. That way- The target will be hard- but think of the incentive not to go sick or on holiday.
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A week is a week. It is not 8 days or 9 or whatever.

My annual goal last year was 5,000 and I made 5,150. I too try to ride 100 a week, although I've upped a bit lately. I do 25 miles before work on Tuesday and Thursday and anywhere from 40 to 60 on a typical Saturday. I've been trying to throw in another 15 or 16 on Sunday.

Some weeks, I do more than 100 and some less. Last year, I missed some weeks, but I also did BRAG, which was 420+ miles in 1 week.

I think 100 miles a week is a great goal. Just record whatever you ride, whenever you ride, and try to be consistent. The totals will take care of themselves.
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It means 14.3 miles each and every day, no deviation. I suggest laying out a fixed course so that you don't have to bother with a computer.

Have fun!
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It's up to you -- make up your own rules!

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Ok Ok, I get the idea. I will just stick with trying to reach 4000+ for the year. I still like the idea of roll over miles though, maybe I could even borrow or buy some from one of my friends.
While we've not been introduced (hence, I can't suggest we're "friends"), I have some extra miles from last year. I'd sell them at a very reasonable price of work out a trade if you're interested.

On a serious note, I've found that a yearly mileage goal is more workable for me. It allows for those weeks when you're recovering from being sick, have to work overtime, or have other unexpected things disrupt your riding. For me the down side has been (except for this year) that in December there has been a big push to get in miles to reach the goal. And where I live December is not a great month to put in extra miles!

Just remember to have fun while working toward your goal!
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I think it would be something like your avatar says
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Miles don't roll over unless you signed up for the plan.
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On a serious note, I've found that a yearly mileage goal is more workable for me. It allows for those weeks when you're recovering from being sick, have to work overtime, or have other unexpected things disrupt your riding. For me the down side has been (except for this year) that in December there has been a big push to get in miles to reach the goal. And where I live December is not a great month to put in extra miles! !
I know this sounds overly analytical, but I worked out my annual goal the other day by trying to figure out the seasonality of my riding mileage *and* blocking out the two weeks of the year I already know will yield zero miles.

So my January "budget" is easier than my June/July targets....I don't get too concerned about "missing" a week; I do get concerned about "missing" a month.

And, yes, it's still fun. Getting in the miles makes my riding more fun. This morning to dodge some nasty traffic downtown I decided to take a quick detour up a short, steep hill. Two years ago I wouldn't have done it; last year it would have been a chore; this morning I flew up.
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I count each week seperately. If I am coming off a week I did a good bit more than 100 miles, I am in that much better shape to crank out a 100 mile week so why would I want to do less? If I fail to make 100 miles, I am not starting the next week in a "deficit" position needing to crank extra miles to "catch up". Each week brings a new chance to meet my goal regardless of what happened the week before.
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Uh - this isn't work so there's no boss for you to satisfy.

The nice thing about bicycling goals is they are personal and you get to establish the rules.
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new to the 50+ 'ers! really like the idea of 100 per week as a target. Tried annual goal a couple of years ago, fell behind and got a bit demoralized. I'm going to give this a go!
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