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View Poll Results: Will you reach your 2011 Mileage goal?
On track, should make it ok. 25 20.66%
Still trying, it will be a challenge 10 8.26%
Nailed it! Reached my goal. 28 23.14%
Not this year! :^( 32 26.45%
No goal. I just ride! 26 21.49%
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Old 11-03-11, 06:52 AM   #1
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2011 Mileage Goal - On Track or Derailled?

For those of us who insist on setting a mileage goal for the year, how is it going? For some, the die is cast; weather is closing down the riding season (not that that matters to TSL!)

For others, we are still stomping out the miles, and for a select few, you may have already reached it.

Mine is in my signature.

Care to share your progress/accomplishments/sorrows?

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Old 11-03-11, 07:57 AM   #2
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Didn't really have one, but now that I see where I am, I'm shooting for 5000 miles since Jan 1st. If I add in my winter trainer/spinning time I'm already there.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:03 AM   #3
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I exceeded the number of miles I thought I'd ride this year even though I made no 'goal'. I'm at about 1,100 miles so far.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:05 AM   #4
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I started the year without a strict goal. However, I have kept my routine and should go beyond my usual 4000 miles/year.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:30 AM   #5
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I didn't have a specific goal, but was thinking 6K would be good. I'm at 6.3 so far.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:33 AM   #6
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Mine was to exceed 3500 from last year. I'm at 4100 so all is good.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:34 AM   #7
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Goal was 3k, did 2600 in 2010. Am at 3384 as of today and may reach 3700 if the weather cooperates.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:39 AM   #8
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Didn't have a specific goal, and still don't. However, unless I'm very lazy over the next couple of months - and I won't be - I'll top 10000 miles for the year. Under the circumstances, it's remarkable that I'm still too fat!
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Old 11-03-11, 09:03 AM   #9
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10,000 miles? Yikes!!
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Old 11-03-11, 09:42 AM   #10
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I've never set a mileage goal but generally have close to 3000 miles each year.

This year I have set a goal. I want to reach 1000 miles and I'm currently at 940. Sixty miles isn't a lot but at the present I can only tackle around 10 miles each day. We've had some great weather but I've been doing some much needed yard work instead of riding. Guess I need to let the yard work go and do some riding

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Old 11-03-11, 09:43 AM   #11
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10,000 miles? Yikes!!
It's pretty easy to do if you commute regularly, as I used to, or if you don't work for a living, which is my current situation. Either way, it's only about 12 hours per week on the bike.
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Old 11-03-11, 09:47 AM   #12
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I've switched to "Can I climb this hill." goal. I have two left that I haven't tried yet. I may, or may not make it by years end. I will, however, make it. (them?)
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Old 11-03-11, 09:52 AM   #13
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Low mileage year for me.
Did get in 1100 miles last month.
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Old 11-03-11, 10:13 AM   #14
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I'm shooting for 2000 and have about 300 to go. Without good weather, by which I mean dry roads and above freezing temps, I may not get it and around here weather becomes a crapshoot this time of year. Even if I don't, however, no big deal just a bit of a small one . To put in perspective, when I went for my physical this year, my MD commented on how nice it was to have a patient who did more than sit on their butt and watch the TV all day! Positive re-enforcement for any and all miles.
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Old 11-03-11, 11:21 AM   #15
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Don't set milage goals and I rarely ride with a computer. In fact this year with the problems I had earlier on- the only goal I had was to get out on the bike. Done around 2,000 this year which is not startling but my goal has been to get a few new riders started this year. Both those had exceeeded my capabilities now but still have set training rides with the pair of them. Next ride is to get them to pace themselves better. 30 miles up hills and by the 3rd hill I still have to lead them out. My problem is that my pace is Century pace- Even if it is only 30 miles so when I get the chance- I have to re-train to find some speed.
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Old 11-03-11, 11:45 AM   #16
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I don't set milage goals but the computer keeps track of miles for me. I don't use a computer on the mtb or vintage bike rides. Right now it shows around 6,650 miles for the year and I should get a few hundred more the next 2 months although I'll be on the mtb, fixie and cross bike more frequently than the road bike.
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Old 11-03-11, 11:48 AM   #17
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My informal goal was 8,000 because that's what i did last year. But I'm currently at about 11,700 and should hit another 2,000 by year's end. I wound up doing a lot more randonneuring than I anticipated at the beginning of the year.
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Old 11-03-11, 12:12 PM   #18
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I'm at 1,542 miles so far this year. I started riding in May of this year so that puts me at an average of 257 miles per month. I have been trying to put in 300 per month but family and buisness curtails it a little. I would like to finish out 2011 with 2000 miles or more.... That seems like a realistic goal for me.
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Old 11-03-11, 12:14 PM   #19
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I didn't set a goal this year, which turns out to be a good thing. I've had extremely bad luck with speedometers this year; my wireless just quit working in February and battery changes didn't fix it. The next two (a Cateye and a Bell) were wired. The Cateye would stop recording when I got below 5 mph, and I'm very slow going uphill. The Bell was erratic--I'd be cruising along at 12 mph and then it would show 6 or 4 and then back to 12. So, I just ride; maybe I'll try another next year.
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Old 11-03-11, 12:40 PM   #20
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aRoudy1, I have a Bell and it does that too(speed fluctuation), but I use it as a guideline. I've found that the time is still accurate as I used a watch and checked the duration at the end of the ride--if the time is off, it's by only a few seconds--it was right on when I checked. Using the car, I measured my route and I'm sure I'm within a tenth or quarter mile in knowing the actual distance. So, I just use distance/time to get my overall average and use the speedometer to just keep to a certain pace or improve.

I've only been riding since April '11 and guestimate my distance so far as 2800 miles. As of 2 months ago, I've been doing 20 mile routes at least 5 days a week, and probably 2/3rds+ of the time doing 6 days/week(so 100 to 120 miles/week now).

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Old 11-03-11, 12:45 PM   #21
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I'm less than 200 miles to my goal and should have no trouble making it. Being in Tampa helps a lot.
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Old 11-03-11, 02:58 PM   #22
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My distance goal is to beat last year, which I did, I also beat my best year to date, 2007....
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Old 11-03-11, 04:45 PM   #23
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Derailed by two carpal tunnel surgeries. However, riding no longer induces excruciating pain in my hands. It's about time. bk
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Old 11-03-11, 08:36 PM   #24
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My goal is 5000.... I'm at about 4550 and I will make it easily unless something very bad happens.
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Old 11-03-11, 09:35 PM   #25
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I'll reach my 5000 mile goal tomorrow. Hope to get a few hundred more before the snow is here to stay.
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