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    Assessing your 2013 fitness goals? Fail, Meet, or Exceed?

    As 2014 is in sight, forces one to look back and get a sense where I was health wise & riding in general and where I'm going. I've long term goals, short term objectives. Come Jan. 1 I'll have ridden 2400 miles in ~185 hours. I ride a 14-16 mile loop pretty regularly.

    Synopsis of Goals:

    Get under 180 pounds, average speed up to 15-16 solo on hoods and steady state watts up near 150, keep resting HR under 60, resting BP in the 110/60 range, stay hydrated, not get whacked by cars.

    SO's concern about me getting whacked on narrow shoulderless high travel roads made me re-think route so I began riding nearly exclusively on an MUP and state park roads with 25-35 mph posted speeds.

    Began 2013 prepping for STP (2-day double century). Started slow on MTB (winter weather sucked..lots of rain). Picked up a sweet Centurion LeMans and promptly had a nasty wreck (clipped a pedal) in May which took me off riding for 3 weeks right when I was ramping up to 100 mile weeks. Rode STP 6 weeks later. Post STP, kept riding at about 200-300 miles a month and only slacking off as winter weather showed up.

    Weight: Fail. Weigh the same (195) despite losing 2" in waist, 1/2" in neck. Concluded that my hour long fartlek style training route favors leg strength.

    Solo speed: Meet! I'm within a whisker's breath of averaging 16 mph on hoods solo (on road bike). I'm now at speeds where aero is having huge impact. Probably near 130-135 watts steady state. Figure adding 15--25 will take another 6-12 months (groan).

    HR and BP: Meet! fabulous. Under 60 and right on 110/60.

    H2O: Meet! I drink way more water. All day long. Noticeable skin improvements and helps on maintaining weight in general I suspect.

    Not getting whacked by cars. Meet! Riding the MUP is getting a little boring though it has sweet curves. The only issue was the wreck by my share stupidity.

    Overall..aside from not losing that other 15 pounds I feel damn good. My doc doesn't want me running my heart up to 174 (near my max) for longer than 18 seconds so I try to stay under 160..except for a few sprints....I also spin at 90 once warmed up.

    2014? Eat 150-200 calories less a day, watch evening snacks, ride 3000 miles in 200 hours over 12 month training, maintain HR & BP, drop 15 pounds, add more interval training, slightly longer average rides (20 miles), drink slightly less coffee, add street highway route with time of day adjustment (early early morning) to reduce vehicle interactions, form a bike club, develop a cool regional 125 mile one day invitational route (already mapped and planned), support a new LBS going in (seasonal only), & keep my head above my shoulders. Ride STP again.

    Have fun guys & gals!

    I'll be 59 next month and by 60 I want to be even better.

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    Did what I did...7100 miles. Three night century's with a jazzed up bike.

    Completed The Clubs Century a month and qualified for The Free Century Jersey.





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    4,500 Mileage goal
    5,280 Challenge goal

    5,317.39 miles, YTD.

    With four workdays left, I will miss my 100% bike commuting goal by one ride home. (99.76%) A couple of weeks ago, the snow arrived six hours early, and I had the bike with the road tires instead of the one with studded snow tires. Four inches of unplowed snow and road tires don't mix. Ended a string of 1,596 consecutive workdays bike commuting (both ways). Details here.

    So far so good on the No Crashes goal.
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    My main goal was to hit 3000 miles, and I made it with 200 to spare. I was slightly disappointed at my speeds; but that'll be addressed next year.

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    Not near my 2012 mileage(nearly 8000). This year, on the road, I'll have gone over 6000 miles(at 5950 at the moment) and I will be riding tomorrow. If I add the trainer "miles"(a guess), it's probably close to 6300 or so. Probably missed about a month or a tad more this year to several periods of not riding because of a bad cold, trying to get my toe to heal, and a bout of sciatica.
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    My fitness goals are centered on maintaining weight at my college level, which I have done for two years now, and doing a set amount of high intensity lifting and bike sprints which I have fairly consistently done this year. My regular riding is for fun. I have no preset requirements or training goals for riding.
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    Had a good, injury free (almost) year this year and rode more which was my main aim after a terrible 2012, and want more of the same in 2014. I only fell off the bike twice this year, and managed to do one slow century ride.

    I don't have a trip computer/smartphone so don't have specific performance figures to compare each year's progress.

    There is so much more to life than cycling but next year my main aim is to stop life getting in the way of cycling so often.

    I would like to average at least three decent rides every week, with one on the road, then the fitness aims will follow. The bike I am building should help increase the road mileage.

    I also want to maintain my weight at a pound or two either side of 150.
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    Fitter, farther, faster but fatter.

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    2013 goals

    1) January, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend-5K, 1/2 marathon, full marathon-done

    2) March, Gator 70.3 triathlon-done

    3) May, Ironman 70.3 Florida-done

    4) July, birthday ride, 128 miles-age 63 x 2 + 2 extra-done

    5) July 26, Pete Cornell Memorial 100 mile ride, killed 2012-done

    6) November, Ironman Florida-done

    7) December, Space Coast 1/2 marathon-done

    2014 goals

    1) January, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, full marathon

    2) January, Celebration Inaugural Marathon

    3) March, First Watch 1/2 marathon relay with wife

    4) April, Gator 70.3 Triathlon

    5) April, Venice Relay For Life at least a half marathon

    6) July, Birthday ride 64 x 2 + 2

    7) July Englewood Sprint Triathlon

    8) July, 100 mile Pete Cornell Memorial Ride

    9) September, Venice Sprint Triathlon

    10) November, Ironman Florida Triathlon

    11) December, Space Coast Half Marathon

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Did what I did...7100 miles. Three night century's with a jazzed up bike.



    Holy afterburners. Have your neighbors ever called 911 to report a fire?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkfrench View Post
    Holy afterburners. Have your neighbors ever called 911 to report a fire?!
    No, but all the traffic moves Left.

    Also have two lights on the helmet.
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    I had a good year work-wise but not so much bike-wise.

    Finish the 2013 Tour de Cure 100k ride that I DNF'ed in 2012. Meet.
    Gained over 20 pounds. Fail.
    I did not have a specific mileage goal. I did not ride as much as I wanted to but haven't taken any long breaks. Meet - close enough.
    Improve average speed. Fail.
    Finish an imperial century ride. Fail.
    Resume bike commutes to work. Fail.
    Assemble bike trainer (purchased 2011). Fail.
    Consistently swim and lift weights a few times/week. Fail.
    Be more involved with my bike club. Meet.
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    My weight goal was to get down to 155, which was my weight in college and all the way up to about age 45. For the next ten years I consistently put on weight, topping out at 180.

    Hit myself (metaphorically) up-side the head in 2002 and demanded myself to return to 155. It wasn't easy folks, nor was it quick. And now that it's done it's not easy to maintain. But I do feel better and it has really helped my climbing.

    Performance goals were to hit 10,000 miles for the year and 500,000 feet of climbing for the year. As of today, 12/21/2013 I have 10,783 miles and 582,305 feet of climbing, so both goals met and (slightly) exceeded.

    I really didn't have any "event" goals, but I rode 21 centuries and 5 double centuries in 2013. Nothing brutally difficult though.

    I was able to keep my schedule relatively consistent throughout the year:
    Commute to work Mon./Wed./Fri. (about 16 mi. per day).
    On Tues. and Thur. I did the evening club rides (about 25-30 mi. per ride).
    On the weekends I would do a difficult climbing road ride in the mountains on Sat. and a recovery ride, often on fixed gear, on Sunday.

    Of course there were exceptions, but that was my general schedule. No bad crashes, two cycling weeks lost due to flu in March.

    Meaningless statistic: Strava shows that I rode for 743 hours and 52 minutes in 2013. Divided by 24 hour per day, I was on the bike for almost a month! Yikes . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
    2013 goals

    1) January, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend-5K, 1/2 marathon, full marathon-done

    2) March, Gator 70.3 triathlon-done

    3) May, Ironman 70.3 Florida-done

    4) July, birthday ride, 128 miles-age 63 x 2 + 2 extra-done

    5) July 26, Pete Cornell Memorial 100 mile ride, killed 2012-done

    6) November, Ironman Florida-done

    7) December, Space Coast 1/2 marathon-done

    2014 goals

    1) January, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, full marathon

    2) January, Celebration Inaugural Marathon

    3) March, First Watch 1/2 marathon relay with wife

    4) April, Gator 70.3 Triathlon

    5) April, Venice Relay For Life at least a half marathon

    6) July, Birthday ride 64 x 2 + 2

    7) July Englewood Sprint Triathlon

    8) July, 100 mile Pete Cornell Memorial Ride

    9) September, Venice Sprint Triathlon

    10) November, Ironman Florida Triathlon

    11) December, Space Coast Half Marathon
    Jeeeez

    Well I managed not to crash again this year and rode a sanctioned relatively flat century after 11 years off. Didn't quite meet my sub 6 hr goal but came close enough to actually go for that next year. Do little riding during weekdays.
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    Number one goal was to make it from 73yo to 74. I think I accomplished that, but have not yet read the obituaries in tomorrow's paper.

    I am very pleased with my swimming progress - increasing noticeably in endurance.

    Added TRX to my workout, seems to be going well.

    I have found a new place to walk with some real hills (hard to find on the Colorado plains). 14% slopes, 3-4 miles.

    Started a near 70 and plus bicycle group. That may or may not continue, depending on liability issues between me and the rec dept. They are roundly ignoring my inquiries!!

    Still riding about the same - 100 miles per week during the "season." Intermitently during the rest. No crashes, far less flats!!!

    Mostly, I had a WHOLE LOT OF SMILES - which is my major goal, always.

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    I had to cancel one trip because of business. Other than that, I enjoyed myself all year. I lost some weight, rode fast sometimes, sometimes not, didn't drive my car too often, worked in a metric century a couple of times a week most of the year. It was fun, was there something else involved?

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    I don't mean to sound trite or like a smart a$$, but my goal was to simply be alive at the end of, the year. I'm almost there.
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    Mixed bag, I guess. I got more miles in than ever, and did the major "goal" rides, but I definitely feel myself getting slower, and as always I gain too much weight over the winter.

    I've got about 9400 miles in for the year. I did one stretch from April through early December where I did at least one century ride per week.
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    Have to get a 66yo friend of mine to join BF. At the second stop of our ride yesterday he announced his computer just turned 14,000 for the year. Goal met.

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    I really did not have any goals when I started riding again this past August, it was kind of accidental. I do feel the effects of the riding: resting pulse around 64, BP is 118/70, two sizes down in pant size and belts on last loop. Legs slimmed down significantly (my kids laugh at my baggy pants). I have not lost weight but my daughter tells me muscle is heavier than fat, so it is possible to get smaller and not loose weight. Best of all....I feel really good, really good.
    2014 goal: keep riding, loose 20 lbs., do a 50 and 100 mile ride.
    Healthy and Happy New year to all and thanks for the advice on this website, it has been invaluable to me.
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    Survived my last year of full-time employment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Did what I did...7100 miles. Three night century's with a jazzed up bike.

    Completed The Clubs Century a month and qualified for The Free Century Jersey.





    Way to go Fred!
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    Yearly goal, 5000 miles. Currently, 4510. I won't make it 400 more than last year though!
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    My goal was just to get on a bike again after 40+ years.

    I met that goal--and became a bicycle commuter in the process.

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    You all impress me, particularly those of you in the mileage stratosphere. I'll be happy to put in 3000 miles next year. That being said...a daily routine (either work or or play and as I telework...that means play) would get me well over 4,000-5000 miles. Roll on!
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