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    thoughts while going over 3,000 miles for year

    i realize that a great many of posters (and posers) think that 3,000 miles is not much of a milestone.....but considering i have 2 kids, work 50+ hrs a week, live in the upper midwest (limited riding season), etc... it is a major accomplishment for me... for 3 years running.

    but i digress....

    i thought that 3,015 miles took me ~ 180 hours. or around 203,000 calories burned (per the calorie calculator @ bicycling.com) that is a little over 20,000 calories burned per month - or 675 calories burned per day.

    that is a lot of cheeseburgers.
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    Great!

    I think that it is indeed a milestone.

    Last year, I have been riding approximately 5000 km (about 3000 miles U.S.), and I will probably get a similar total at the end of the year.

    Cycling with two kids (and a non-cycling wife), as you said, takes quite a different meaning than cycling as a single person. Gone are the many night trips. And weekend excursions are mostly done when the weather is decent, because both daughters (2 and 6) want to ride. The only problem is that the oldest one is always freezing in winter or when it rains.

    Actually, I'm more proud of the mileage I don't do than of the mileage I do. I mean, I could have bought a house far away and do everything by car; I chose to live closer to work and to travel as ecologically as possible.

    Another way to think of it is this: how many people ride more than 1500 km (900 miles) per year? Probably less than 1% of adults.

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    3000 miles is a fine achievement. Consider that each of the past 3 years you have been 3000 miles healthier.
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    I remember passing 3000 back in the summer. I was so impressed with myself! I was hoping to make it to 6000 and was almost there, but a crash and an injury stopped me at about 5200. Still, I'm satisfied!
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    3000 Miles is a great achievement. I'm normally in the 2,500 mark though I wish I could do more.

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    It is indeed a great achievement! I am 500 miles away from a 4000 mile year and should do that by Christmas.

    In the UK the average per head of population is 20 miles per year.! The way I look at it you and I are letting other people stay at home.
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    Originally posted by RiPHRaPH
    i realize that a great many of posters (and posers) think that 3,000 miles is not much of a milestone.....but considering i have 2 kids, work 50+ hrs a week...
    C'mon, ONLY 3000 miles????
    You're gonna have to step it up.
    ONLY, 3K miles...ONLY 2 kids...ONLY 50 hrs/Wk...

    What do you do with the rest of your day???



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    i was told a long time ago that there is no such thing as cycling or running without it effecting your family. you can only hope to minimize the hardship it can cause to your relationships. this is true.

    i get up at the crack of dawn, get my riding in then get my kids ready for school then go to work myself. on weekends, i am up early while the kids watch cartoons and get my miles in.

    i think i do a good job of riding around my family and other relationship obligations.

    3015 miles by 11/4 - with any luck i can still do 3500 by dec 31st.

    one thing may hold be up.....my wife is due with our 3rd boy on 12/12

    so much for the riding causes impotence theory.
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    Actually, I find cycling has become a part of the family's activities.

    When the kids want to go to a playground, I bring them there by bike. When they need to go shopping, I do that by bike. This summer, my wife wanted some rest without kids; for most days, we went out (me and 2 kids) to various places around Montréal.

    And the kids seem to enjoy it, because many mornings I was waken up at 6:00 by 1 or 2 of them begging me for yet another ride to Cap-Saint-Jacques (32 km one way by the most direct route).

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    3000 miles is outstanding!!! Thats a lot of saddle time. I live in the South so my riding starts earlier and ends later. I'm at 3707 miles for 6-7 months of riding. the first few months is MTB riding and the rest is road. I will break 4000 miles this year and I hope to do 5000 next year. Congrats!

    I'm doing a Century Saturday, so I'll be at about 3900 by then... got to do a few training rides in the next couple of days!

    Later and ride hard!

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    i also think that this 3000 miles took me ~180 hours. i think of 180 hrs in 10 months and that is only(?) 18 hrs a month or ~4-5 hrs a week. pretty steady...

    like my friends say....you might not ride the fastest (some are racers) but you do enjoy your riding!!!
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    Way to go RiPHRaph! A lot of people WISH they could ride 3000 miles per year!
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    Originally posted by RiPHRaPH


    that is a lot of cheeseburgers.
    Way to go, Riph! Ya want fries with that?
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    3,500 Miles logged up for me, but then it was a new bike this year and i "could`nt stay off it".

    Winters come early this fall th`o, or i would still be out there logging up the miles.

    Ah well! its back to my faithfull old hybrid for now.

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    Why not go for 3650 (an even 10 per day) there's still time!

    But I "feel" your pain, weather in October in the midwest has been a bit off this year....

    Anyway congrats, on the 3000....

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    you guys have been great. my overall goals still elude me (keep up for entire ride with local race team) -although the goal of riding without injury and without kissing pavement is a goal that should never be overlooked.

    i still value the self sufficiency riding provides me.

    i have child #3 coming on 12/12 so i am building a little leeway into my final milage projections. i am going out for a ride now (36 degrees and overcast) to knock off another 40 miles or so. sometimes i feel like the michelin man bundled up.

    i'd like to thank my family....and my custom Steelman Stage Race for hauling my body around. and a special shout out goes to my water bottles....you guys are the best.... props to my shimano gear shifters and all of the ultegra products on my bike. and my tried and 'true' friend - yes, you mavic open pro's. come up here...this award is yours also....."ride the vote" keep it real & word to your frameset!!
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    well, congrats. i definitely hope that in the future when i have a family i am able to do something similar...

    i've logged "only" something around 10000km this year, but the stat i am really proud of is the 60,000 meters of vertical climbing i di as most of my rides were in the Alps (a 50-90km ride with 2000-3000m vertical was a normal weekend ride for me), but i'm single and only work 40 hours/week and about half of my vacations are bike-related (only half b/c my girlfriend isn't a real cyclist)... i really admire those who are able to do all the other time-consuming things in life and still get in the bike time. but i figure, if it's important you can make it work somehow.

    mgagnonlv, that's great that your kids are into cycling too. i hope that will be the case for me, but i will not force it on them - only if they WANT to. (well, they'll have to ride in a trailer when they're small w/o much of a choice)
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    i only wish i had the motivation years ago when i was single and unattached (i was a loser, never made it with the ladies...) and didn't blossom till age 32.

    this is a lifelong pursuit however, so my lifetime miles should even out with the hardcores over the course of life. just thinking that the RAAM riders do in a few weeks what it takes me an entire year to do....
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    My way of beating the "exercise vs. family (non-cycling spouse)" thing is to commute by bike. If I didn't do that, I doubt I'd get in any miles at all. But by commuting by bike all year round (Atlanta, a "no-snow" city,) I can usually count on at least 3,000 per year.

    Not only that, but bicycle commuting is actually faster than mass transit, my alternate transportation mode.

    I don't know what I'd do without bicycle commuting!
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