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Old 05-28-13, 07:00 AM   #1
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Setting and reaching or exceeding goals

One upon a time in a place close to here I used to ride my bikes a lot, 150 to 200 miles a week between commuting and recreational/fitness rides but the last couple of years it's been tough to get myself motivated to ride 150 miles in 3 months. However now that I have had a correct medical diagnoses for a condition I didn't ever think I had and am on medication to correct it, I feel better than I have felt in years, so now that I feel better, I am going to try to set a new goal for cycling, 1200 between now and the new year. There are 31 weeks left in this year, so that breaks down to 38 miles a week. I feel this is a very realistic goal for me to achieve and perhaps even exceed. One of my local routes is 30 miles, I figure is I can ride twice a week before or after work or on a day off, I should be able to exceed 38 miles a week some weeks.

How do you achieve your cycling goals?
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Old 05-29-13, 05:02 PM   #2
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Congratulations on figuring out your medical condition, and best wishes for getting back in the saddle!

I set myself medium-term goals, then figure out what I need to do to attain them. For instance, I signed up for D2R2 (Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnée) in late August - the 115K option with over 8,000 feet of climbing. That's motivating me to get in lots of hilly miles between now and then. It should also leave me in good shape for the 170K Great River Ride in mid-October, as long as I get in a few long rides between the two. I don't have a specific mileage target, though I set myself an informal goal of averaging 100 miles per week this summer (I pat myself on the back if I reach it, but I don't have any regrets if I don't).

My wife doesn't like really long rides, but she enjoys touring, so we try to get in at least a few days of touring each summer. The miles add up at 25 miles per day over 3-5 days, and it's pretty easy to ride day after day if you go slowly and stop often to see the sights.
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