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2018 - Long Distance Cycling Goals

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Old 01-03-18, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Interestingly (?) I usually do the opposite -- I ride the fixed-gear during the winter (when I do), and then bring out the derailleur bikes for variety when spring rolls around.

Good luck with your goals!
What I meant was - I was off the bike almost entirely through the fall. I had broken some ribs the end of September and I might have commuted to work a time or two on the geared bike. Now that my ribs feel better, I want to ride, but commuting in single digit temps at 4am can be dangerous if I'd suffer a mechanical failure.

But my goals are to transition entirely FG for all my riding in 2018

(P.S. Don't break ribs. It hurts.)
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Old 01-04-18, 04:02 PM
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I mentioned a first SR series and ideally a first 1000k in the other thread, but the other half is to be back to the speed I was in 2014, when I was better about doing some structured training to speed up.

And along the way to the SR, knock off a few unfinished-business rides/past year DNFs. Starting with the Berkshire Brevet Early Spring 200k, which I brought the wrong coat/gloves to a few years back and DNFed at the halfway point due to hypothermia; I could have finished in the right clothes.
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Old 01-05-18, 07:02 AM
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Not sure I'm going to set any goals this year. I set a 10,000 mile goal in 2016 and ended up with 10,397 miles. Last year, my only goal was to see how many 1,000 mile months I could do and not worry about annual miles. I ended up with 11,456 miles for the year. With the crappy weather we've had here in Florida, this year has not started off on the right foot. Only one 14 virtual mile ride on the trainer.

I have a friend that is a RUSA member and she has me pretty much talked into joining and doing some of the rides with her. That should help with annual mileage but a 3 week vacation in August, may keep me below last years mileage. I guess we'll find out on December 31, 2018.
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Old 01-06-18, 07:42 PM
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I was 10/12 for the CaM challenge last year due to a shoulder injury, so, I'm determined to finish that. I've also got my eye on a double century in March that is part of the RAAM challenge series. Possibly riding in No Country For Old Men later this year.
I think I got about 4000 miles this last year, gonna shoot for 6000 this year.
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Old 01-06-18, 10:07 PM
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I figured out I have asthma, so I feel like things are going to be improving now that it is being treated. Me and Chris Froome. I really need to get a lot faster, so hopefully i can do that without overtraining again. I'm reluctant to make goals until I find out how this works out.
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Old 01-07-18, 12:36 AM
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I figured out I have asthma, so I feel like things are going to be improving now that it is being treated. Me and Chris Froome. I really need to get a lot faster, so hopefully i can do that without overtraining again. I'm reluctant to make goals until I find out how this works out.
Yep ... me too. Inhaler before any hilly or chilly ride.
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Old 01-09-18, 02:30 PM
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Thank you for making these threads, Machka. I have learned that I am meant to be an endurance rider and randonneur someday. I sincerely hope it is not in 2018 as I will have to suffer the loss of my dog before I can start traveling on the bike.

I do plan on doing 1000 miles per month as I am doing now in my indoor century training in Zwift and I even hope to get in a or some centuries by planning a stop back at home to let the dog out. I have hopes of possibly doing the century a month if the weather cooperates, but going back out after stopping will be tough.

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Old 01-25-18, 08:27 AM
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I'll decide when the schedule comes out whether or not to attempt the opening day 200k fixed...
The opening day 200k is the same as last year so I'm bringing a geared bike. I also convinced a guy from work to go with me so that's another reason not to go fixed. I don't think it would be cool for me to show up on a fixed-gear to ride with him on his first brevet. I am however going to set a new goal to introduce someone new to randonneuring, which should be a slam dunk since he has already registered for the opening day 200k at the end of April.
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Old 01-25-18, 08:49 AM
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I don't think it would be cool for me to show up on a fixed-gear to ride with him on his first brevet.
Good thought.
Mixing a FG into a paceline, even a two rider effort, introduces stresses that I don't want for more than a short distance. My LD/FG riding partner was a track rider with >40 years on a FG and from the same team "back when". Sharing pace for hours I have implicit trust in his metronome like cadence, rock solid bike handling and good road sense. Riding FG w/anyone else, particularly with them on a FW bike? No thanks.

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Old 04-17-18, 10:40 AM
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Goal 1000+ miles for only 5 days and 23 hours done. A Cycling Unlimited Ukraine project is about an experience how to ride a bike 365 days/12 months/7 days week/24 hours. A first Stage was a randonne Uzhhorod-Kyiv-Uzhhorod for 1772 km. You can rich a complete report directly at Peloton-Club ? ???? serhiypopoff-?. "Ride a lot" - Eddy Merckx
Stage-2 shall be in October. Hope to ride 2000+km while average air temperatures +100C come back )))) ♥
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Old 04-17-18, 08:45 PM
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My only LD goal anymore is to ride RAMROD each year, with the odd century thrown in here and there for training. I'll do most of my on-road training this year on the tandem, just because it's about 20% harder per mile traveled which makes group rides more challenging. Training is noticeably harder this year. I hope it's for a reason other than the graph just getting steeper.
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Old 07-01-18, 08:10 PM
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Okay, now that it is the end of the day, July 1st, maybe time to make some goals:
  • 7000 RUSA kms the last half of the year. (Should be do-able as I got in 1225-kms the last 15 days of June.)
  • I was thinking to sneak in an SR by doing the Raleigh Region RUSA Birthday 200 and picnic along with a 4 and a 6 on Highpoint Region Brevets, but a careful look at the calendar, and projection of my every-other-weekend off schedule, Tony's brevets are on the wrong weekends. (I suppose I could pre-ride the 4 and 6, but I dunno ...)
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