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Old 05-04-06, 09:08 PM   #1
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Challenge suggestion ... 1000 mile month!

I know this won't fit into everyone's training plans, but I thought I'd suggest a challenge, for anyone who is interested, for the summer months: May, June, July, and August.


The challenge: Ride 1000 miles each month, for as many of those four months as possible!


I'm on my way with 29 miles for May already!!
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Old 05-04-06, 09:16 PM   #2
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Eh. Maybe one of the months. 750/month is probably doable but 1000 for all of those would upset the Local Management even further
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Old 05-04-06, 09:18 PM   #3
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Not impossible, I did just under 500 last month. But I'd really need to get myself up in endurance to double that I'm at 85 for May but I'm really beaten up!
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Old 05-04-06, 09:20 PM   #4
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I do 800/month in the summer anyway. I'm single, no gf at the moment, and spent all my money on bike crap. Man, I gotta get a life.
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Old 05-04-06, 09:25 PM   #5
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I did 1000 per month all year in 1990, was single then and had a much less demanding job schedule. Now it's about 500 or so.
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Old 05-04-06, 09:32 PM   #6
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Well, keep in mind .... it is only 32.3 miles per day. That's no more than 15 hours per week.
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Old 05-04-06, 09:39 PM   #8
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Do you have a job?

Two of them, as a matter of fact! I'll be putting in between 55 and 60 hours a week over the summer. (During the winter, I go to University full-time and work part-time.)

But I think of it like this:

A week is 168 hours. If I work 60 hours a week, that leaves me 108 hours. Suppose I sleep 50 hours a week, that leaves me with 58 hours to do other stuff! I could cycle 18 hours a week (for example) and still have a full 40 hours for housework, church, etc.
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Very difficult for me currently. It's impossible for me to avoid all the hills around Portland -- too tempting. Therefore I would get waaaaay to beat up even though I know the daily average is doable.
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Can we make some kind of "adjustment" to the challenge to include hours on the trainer? I ride as much as I can in the day, but sometimes it is just not possible, and riding at night around here is instant suicide.
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I know this won't fit into everyone's training plans, but I thought I'd suggest a challenge, for anyone who is interested, for the summer months: May, June, July, and August.


The challenge: Ride 1000 miles each month, for as many of those four months as possible!


I'm on my way with 29 miles for May already!!
Alright, I'm in. I've got 14 miles thus far.
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Count me in. I did 1,177 last month and have 144 miles on the saddle for May at this point.
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1000 miles per month probably isn't a challenge for you is it?

It would be a slight increase from my 20 miles per day. But I think I can do it. I'll have the 400k and 600k brevets in June. That by itself will get me very close for one month!

I'm in!
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1000 miles per month probably isn't a challenge for you is it?

Every year since 1997 I've had at least one 1000 mile month ... but this year, I haven't even reached 1000 miles yet since the beginning of the year!! This business of going to University is time consuming. So ... to motivate myself to get out there and get riding, I thought I'd make myself a little goal ... a 1000 mile May. I'll see about June later.
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Old 05-05-06, 03:32 AM   #15
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Trying to do this in Sept, as I shall be at home before Uni and not take my bike up until the summer term (not worth it between). I have only 250 miles on it so far so want at least 750!
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that's not much of a challenge. now if you said 1,500 or 2,000, well that would be a challenge.


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I know this won't fit into everyone's training plans, but I thought I'd suggest a challenge, for anyone who is interested, for the summer months: May, June, July, and August.


The challenge: Ride 1000 miles each month, for as many of those four months as possible!


I'm on my way with 29 miles for May already!!
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Old 05-05-06, 04:55 AM   #17
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208 for May so far...

We'll see...it's race season so I can't put in the huge weekend miles.
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Old 05-05-06, 05:13 AM   #18
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I know this won't fit into everyone's training plans, but I thought I'd suggest a challenge, for anyone who is interested, for the summer months: May, June, July, and August.


The challenge: Ride 1000 miles each month, for as many of those four months as possible!


I'm on my way with 29 miles for May already!!
I'll give it a shot! Matter of fact, I'll put it out to my Spinner Saturday crowd tomorrow, see if I can get all of us involved! That way we can post in a 13,000 mile graph at each month!
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Old 05-05-06, 07:37 AM   #19
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that's not much of a challenge. now if you said 1,500 or 2,000, well that would be a challenge.
There are some people who have never done 1000 miles in a month, so I'm suggesting that it is a doable goal some might want to shoot for ... and some people who haven't really started cycling this season who might need the incentive to get out and ride more this month (me).

Hopefully in August I might be up to 1500 to 2000 miles, but I'll have to see.
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Bagged 1000+ last month, but May might be tough because of the obligatory Memorial Day weekend backcountry skiing trip, which will mean a week with no riding (a week off from work is just a really, really long holiday weekend, right?).

I may have to do it in just a few rides: hopefully 200+ miles tomorrow at Calvin's, maybe a recovery century on Sunday if I can talk Mrs. Octopus into it. Next weekend is TOSRV, which'll get me 225 miles, and double that if I pull the trigger on riding it both ways on both days, instead of just both ways on the first day which is the current plan of action. Then the 300K on 5/20. Toss in the commuting miles and an after-work ride or two for each week.... Alright, I ought to make it.

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already done this the first 4 months of 2006, will do every month the rest of 2006 too

Id say ya sign me up, but I already do this for work
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I will take up the challenge, but my favorite ride is less than 30 miles, but with about 3000 ft of ascent (and descent, that's why it is my favorite!). I'd have to do it everyday, at least once! 10 or so a day of commuting will help add it up....
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I could dedicate the time and do 1000 miles this month but the resulting divorce would take up too much time in June to do another 100 miles.
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I could dedicate the time and do 1000 miles this month but the resulting divorce would take up too much time in June to do another 100 miles.

Remember, it's only about 15 hours a week!

Or maybe she could join you on the rides!

But don't worry ... divorce is that time consuming. The lawyers take care of most of it for you, you've just got to sign a few things.
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I will take up the challenge, but my favorite ride is less than 30 miles, but with about 3000 ft of ascent (and descent, that's why it is my favorite!). I'd have to do it everyday, at least once! 10 or so a day of commuting will help add it up....
Maybe it's time to explore a few new routes!!!

One of the things I love about long distance cycling is the fact that I can explore. On the weekends where I'm not riding an event, I sit down with a map, pick a direction that I want to go, and plan out a route ... preferably one I have either never ridden before, or ridden quite some time ago.

I save the short loops for after work rides.
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