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Old 01-22-07, 12:56 PM
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This is just so sad.

I am embarrassed by this & there will be changes made this year to improve this.

In 2006 I commuted a total of: 559.8 miles, 37 times out of 65 total rides. How much sadder can it get? Isn't that just pathetic?

In 2007 I plan on doubling the miles & increasing how many times I commute.
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Old 01-22-07, 01:00 PM
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Well, I started out 2006 stating that I'd commute every day. It didn't happen. I probably commuted (to work) a total of 50-100 days. I'm trying to get those numbers up, though.

Now, for trips around town such as groceries and visiting friends, I definitely rode more than I drove.

Hang in there.
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At least you have clear goals to shoot for...

In my experience, beating myself up for being pathetic & not achieving goals doesn't do much to increase either my resolve or enthusiasm. Just take it one day at a time and take pleasure and pride in the riding you DO.
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I am just starting my 38th week riding into work (I started this job 38 weeks ago). Counting public holidays and vacation days thats around 180 days, times 16km per day is 2880km or 1800 miles. So far I have come to every single day of work on my bike (except for my interview; I took the bus that day).

My goal is to have ridden into work every single day this year without fail, and I have told this to several coworkers who will hopefully pressure me into keeping that promise. In Ontario someone with 2 weeks (11 days) holidays will have to work 239 days a year, counting in the 11 public holidays and 104 days of weekends. That means my goal is to ride 3,824km of commuting miles this year. Less than 1000km to go!

My next goal, which is harder, is to put in at least 160km each weekend, which would add to a total distance of 240km per week, or 12,480 regular kilometers a year.

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Old 01-22-07, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by N_C
I am embarrassed by this & there will be changes made this year to improve this.

In 2006 I commuted a total of: 559.8 miles, 37 times out of 65 total rides. How much sadder can it get? Isn't that just pathetic?

In 2007 I plan on doubling the miles & increasing how many times I commute.
Then again, that's probably 37 more commutes than your co-workers and 63 more rides. With a new year you get another chance.
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Old 01-22-07, 01:16 PM
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What I mean by doubling the mileage I am going to commute to & from work both, rather then just home from. My hours changed which allows me to do this & if I need to I can bid for a differant shift to make it easier to do so.

Go figure I can change my hours just so I can ride. Anyone else ever do this? Change your work hours just so you can ride?
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Old 01-22-07, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by N_C
How much sadder can it get?
You could have commuted zero miles by bike and ridden zero times last year.


Originally Posted by N_C
Change your work hours just so you can ride?
Yes, my office is on notice that I will be in 30-60 minutes later than I had been during the fall. I'm trying to get more miles in during the morning in the up coming months. Of course I used to go in pretty early (7:30ish) so it's not like I'll be showing up half way through the day. And my office is very laid back.
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Old 01-22-07, 03:57 PM
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good for you for doing what you did! the way I figure, I commuted about 125 trips last year, for about 1250 miles. I only started in March though.
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Old 01-22-07, 04:07 PM
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I was 1500 miles short on my goal. But I was out of comission for 6 weeks after breaking a collarbone and spleen.
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I guess I commuted 4000 miles in 2006, started in March
I might hit 5500 this year!
never really had a goal though, maybe I'll set one

wow, you'd think that with that many commuting miles I'd have lost more than the 50lbs I did, and don't get me started on the weight I've gained during the holidays!!
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Old 01-22-07, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by N_C
Change your work hours just so you can ride?
Change? No. More like blow off.
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Old 01-22-07, 11:32 PM
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559.8 miles, thats not so bad.
If I commuted every workday of the year, each way, including holidays and vacation, I would have all of 728 miles. Needless to say I need to get out and ride on the weekends.
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Old 01-22-07, 11:45 PM
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Its okay to not commute many km's or miles.

Just do them faster. My commute is a hilly 21kms and I only do it twice a week. Thats 84kms a week TOTAL. But my goals is to get faster and faster and faster.
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Old 01-22-07, 11:55 PM
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Don't let cycling become the center of your life(there are more important things), let it be an integral part of your life in a way in which you can maintain the cycling lifestyle you choose for the next couple of decades; you are unlikely to be able to ride every day, and ride 120km every weekend, so do yourself a favor, cut yourself some slack, and set maintainable goals... then you can feel good if you exceed them. Otherwise you'll rarely reach your gaols, feel sucky and then maybe give up. And don't take everyone's advice (like mine) and don't believe everyone. You sound like one of the good and honest....
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Old 01-23-07, 12:20 AM
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just start riding EVERY commute, then you won't have to keep track of things so closely....
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I don't think its sad at all.

What is sad to me is the many people who could easily cycle commute who don't - those who are already fit, live close to work, have 'easy to cycle on roads' between work and home, don't have complexities in life patterns, have money to get the needed bike/gear, etc. That is the folks who have no excuses, no matter how minor.

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Old 01-23-07, 12:38 PM
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This thread reminded me of this previous post, which should be quoted often:

Originally Posted by cyccommute
Alright. My first answer was facetious but upon further reflection...I just finished tonight's ride home ...I do have some suggestions. I've been cyclocommuting continuously since 1981 and haven't missed at least one ride per month since then, including a broken ankle and surgery to remove old hardware in 2001, so I know a little about motivation

1. Set goals. I hate setting goals (I'm prefer letting life happen and being surprised) but they help. In 2001, I hit my lowest number of commuting days, around 80, ever. I was spending too much time on airplanes and working way to many hours. The next year I decided that I was going to ride 3/4 of the work year -195 - and I set out to do it. I failed.

1a. Set realistic goals. When you look at a whole year ahead of you doing 195 days is a daunting task. Think of it like you would a long journey or if you wanted to do a century. 100 miles is a long ways but is 10 miles? 10 miles is easy. A century is just ten 10 mile rides. Break the year up into months and to meet those minigoals. I have records going back to 1988 and I know how many days I've ridden to work since then. This year I set a goal to ride more in each month then I had ever before. I've failed.

1b. Don't be afraid to let your goals slip a little. If you fail to meet one, it okay. It gives you something to shoot for next year. This year I'll be at around 170 days. Next year all I have to do is ride 2 more days per month to reach 195 days. It's not that hard.

1c. Leave something for next year. Come on, if you meet or exceed your goal, what's next? And don't try to make too many goals. One pre year is enough!

2. Find something that you want to do on a bike and use bike commuting to get to that goal. In 2003, I decided that I was going to do a trip on the Lewis and Clark Trail. I needed to be in good shape for 3 weeks and 1000 miles of riding and carrying my own gear (I did the trip solo and unsupported). So I started riding early in the spring with an eye on a Memorial Day start. I had to delay it to Labor Day but I hucked 40 lbs of bean and rice in panniers back and forth to work for the whole summer. I did the same in 2005.

3. See how little you can use your car. I was somewhat serious about looking at your gasoline bill. What you don't spend on gas, you can spend on your bike!

Now get out there and ride!
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I set a goal last year of 200 exercise periods and made a little chart (word table 15 x 15) I keep in a journal I use. It had 225 squares and I check one off each time I exercise. This worked out to 4 times a week for 50 weeks. The same could be done easliy with your day timer. I beat the goal and this years is 201. Good Luck.
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The good news is that, by not bicycling as much as you wanted last year, you can easily increase the mileage this year!
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