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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 12-24-12, 01:41 PM   #26
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for 2011, i did a total of 1200 miles and a longest ride of 102 miles. last year my goals for 2012 were to do 2,000 miles and 3 centuries. im at about 3700 now and got my 3 centuries in.

next year, i'd love to do 5k miles (we'll see how work schedule allows for that). century in under 5 hours ride time (did one in 5:08 this year). planning to try to make it out to do RAIN and get a 160 mile ride in. i'll say at least 5 centuries.

also mark me down for no injuries too...in 2011 i was on a ride, we had stopped and i didnt unclip quick enough, tipped over from a nearly standstill, broke my wrist. never broke a bone before then so i thought it was probably just sprained, rode the other 20 miles of the ride. plate and 7 screws later, i wont do that again. this year, my 3rd ride on my new bike i got in a fight with a car that didnt want to use a turn signal and side swiped me. i lost.
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Old 12-24-12, 06:44 PM   #27
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2012 Goals

- 3500 miles - almost made it, woulda coulda if not for the crash
- ride a century - nope, but didn't care after an 84 mile day and a 71 miler in high heat and humidity. I know I can do the century easily.
- finish a club ride with the A group. Did this many times over..

2013 goals

Ride as much as possible, and hopefully crash-free. Get faster, stronger..
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Old 12-24-12, 06:49 PM   #28
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Ride more.


Weigh less.


Go faster.
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Old 12-24-12, 06:53 PM   #29
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I plan to work extra hard to come up with a rationalization to purchase a powertap. I've been working on t for teh past several years, but keep coming up short.
By learning to meter your efforts more precisely on your commute, you'll become more efficient at work, which is bound to lead to performance related pay increases thus rapidly paying for the Powertap.
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Old 12-24-12, 06:54 PM   #30
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For my 2013:

Race more.

Use orthopedic surgeons less.

Commute by bike a heck of a lot more.

Maintain work, ride, life balance.

Oh, and maintain 5-10miles running/wk as cross training. (sacrilege)
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This just in: Also adding vegetarianism for a year, see how it works out. Not a big meat eater, so the challenge won't be that great, but I will hopefully end up a little healthier.
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Old 12-25-12, 09:51 AM   #32
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a) 100 miles week
b) hit my weight goal
c) ride my first century
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a) 100 miles week
b) hit my weight goal
c) ride my first century
These are my three exact goals as well! Good luck to you!
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Old 12-26-12, 09:07 AM   #34
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1- Ride 150+ miles per week

2- Complete first century

3- Enter some CX races in Fall

4- Eat Healthier/get back in Shape

5- Start Commuting to work again
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I'm having kid #3. As such my goals are more flexible.
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Every weekend a race paced ride or a race provided that it fits into my schedule.
Hit mid week training crits as much as possible.
Race Cx in the fall
Other random crap I stick in as I want. Heck I haven't even decided what races I will attend as that will be done on the fly due to the little one.
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Old 12-26-12, 09:15 AM   #36
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1- Ride 150+ miles per week

2- Complete first century

3- Enter some CX races in Fall

4- Eat Healthier/get back in Shape

5- Start Commuting to work again
Right on. 5 will help 1, which in turn will make 3 more possible. Soon 2 will happen after a few weeks of 4.
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Old 12-28-12, 04:08 PM   #37
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Ride more.


Weigh less.


Go faster.
What he said!
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Old 12-28-12, 04:40 PM   #38
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Ride a 100km route one day per month.
Ride at least one century (160km), possibly 4.
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Old 12-28-12, 05:45 PM   #39
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I'm having kid #3...
congrats... we are too... in April.
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1. Ride at least 2000 miles.
2. Complete at least 2 centuries.
3. Stop making bullsh*t excuses.
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Get down to 180# from 195#
Ride 100 miles per week
Introduce my son to road bikes
Complete High Pass Challenge and STP
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Old 12-31-12, 07:35 AM   #43
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1) Loose 10 lbs by the end of March in time for mtb racing season
2) Partcipate in at least 6 MASS XC mtb races (50 + Sport)
3)Consistently finish in top 10 each race
4) Hopefully podium in at least one race
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congrats... we are too... in April.
Congratulations to you as well.
Mine is due at the end of Feb.
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Old 12-31-12, 08:29 AM   #45
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- Do a multiday tour
- Drop that last 50 pounds so I don't get dropped anymore
- Sub 6-hour centuries (including stops)
- Ride at least two charity events
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I am going to enter an actual bike race.Most likely the 2013 version of this one (http://aabcracing.com/murad-race.html) Cat 5 & 35+
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I'd really like to get back into Randonneuring again, and see if I can break the 400K barrier again. 2007 was the last time I was able to do that distance (life, medical issues, etc. have got in the way).

But since I have no idea where we'll be, or what we'll be doing, in 2013 (aside from finishing our current Round-the-World tour, and returning to Australia mid-January) ... who knows if I'll even be in a place where there are Randonneuring events.
And also ...

At least one 1000-km month would be nice.

Generally ride more than I did in 2012.

Travel more ... around Australia, maybe over to New Zealand, possibly into Asia again.


I would love to do another 24-hour race, but finding one that fits our schedules for this year would be the bigger challenge. There are no 24-hour races in Australia, at least not like the ones in the US. So this one might have to wait for another year.

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Old 12-31-12, 02:35 PM   #48
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I rode 7000 miles in 2012. I want to increase that to at least 8500 in 2013.

I need to drop 10 kilos and I need to climb more.

I will be 57 in 2013, I am not getting any younger.
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Buy as much as I can from my lbs. including tires, cassettes, tubes. I won't notice the extra 10-20%, but I will notice if they go out of business. Good guys, great mechs. They deserve the support.
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Drop down to 190- and complete a 5:00:00- century.
We need to ride a century together. I live in NW Phoenix if you feel like riding.
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