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Any 2018 Cycling Resolutions...?

Old 12-25-17, 11:08 PM
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Any 2018 Cycling Resolutions...?

Some say if you are serious about a goal, write it down or it won't happen–

My goal is minimum of 4x /wk comprised of a combination of 1 hour or more on my indoor recumbent exercise bike or 20 miles or more in the wild on my road bike...

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Old 12-26-17, 12:04 AM
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I hit about 6000 miles this year. I had a pretty slow start in January/February. So, I think I'll shoot for about 7300 miles (365 x 20) next year. Mostly commuting, errands, shopping, etc.

I've had a goal of 20+ MPH for 20+ miles for some time. Perhaps I'll try to hit it this year.

I did my first double century last year, and hopefully will hit 200+ this year once or twice again.
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Old 12-26-17, 08:23 AM
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Besides increasing my ftp, my main goal for 2018 is to participate in the Audax Malaysia 2018 events and complete at least BRM200 and BRM300.

Depending on event locations and whether my schedule allows, I will also want to try and complete BRM400 and BRM600.

And if I have lost enough SANity points from all that riding, I might try BRM1000.
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Old 12-26-17, 09:33 AM
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Ride in the PNW.
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I'm reluctant to call them resolutions; they're more like suggestions.
- Try a time trial or two, just to see how it goes
- A 14,000' ride
- Another all-day ride, 150 miles plus.
- A fast century, i.e.,
less than 6k feet elevation (maybe not an event - need to avoid mass start races )
- Initiate a couple more rides with friends.

Looks like I'll finish shy of 5k miles this year. Although a nice round number would be nice, I feel like I ride about as much as I want, so I'm not really disappointed. I could probably have finished with closer to 6K if I hadn't relied so much on short Citibike trips for my midweek riding fixes and had gone on 60-90 minute early morning rides instead. We'll see how things go in the new year.

A cycling vacation is always good for a mileage and elevation boost, but don't really have one on the horizon. Considering going to follow the Critérium du Dauphiné (around my birthday), but maybe something domestic and less structured instead would be nice.
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Old 12-26-17, 11:13 AM
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More miles.

Fewer pounds.
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Old 12-26-17, 12:48 PM
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My 2018 "season" started back on November 1 on the trainer. So my resolutions are already over a month or so old. I'm doing good on the weight loss, which has been my number one goal since around the first of September. I've also completed some structured training on the KICKR and seeing improvements in my FTP. Going forward I'm going to stay with 5 days a week on the trainer following a structured plan. Then around mid march I'll start riding outside. I'd like to ride more with groups, focus my commutes on Z2 rides (difficult with a Cat4 climb going to work) and keep 2 structured VO2/HIT type rides on the trainer throughout the year. Replacing one HIT ride with a race (RR, crit, XC mtb) a week during April May and June. After June my focus will turn to my local HC. It's a 13.4 mile climb with 3,906ft of elevation gain. Just trying to crush my PR on that one will be my second biggest "goal" for the year (number one goal is to make it to 185lbs).
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Originally Posted by growlerdinky View Post
More miles.

Fewer pounds.

This.
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Old 12-26-17, 04:49 PM
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Old 12-26-17, 06:24 PM
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I'm sure I sound silly to most of you. I'd like to hit 5,000 miles next year. I realized at the beginning of this month that I needed just over 300 to hit 3000 for the year. I went out saturday for my longest ride yet of 64.5mi to get to 3012mi for the year.
I wasn't trying for any number to start with, so if I say I'm shooting for 5k maybe I'll get it.
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Maintain a weight of around 70kg.
Do at least two rides over 50 miles (having young kids makes it tough).
3500 miles, this might be a little too optimistic.
More climbing.
Finally go on a group ride.

-If I move back to America:
Not to gain too much weight.
Find a job that I can ride my bike to.
Find a hill in Southeast Michigan.
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Old 12-26-17, 06:38 PM
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Lose weight, ride a LOT more, and hopefully reach 3000 miles.
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Old 12-26-17, 07:00 PM
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"This" ---> My goal is to remain alive & unticketed (i.e. preyed upon) while navigating the roads and to not experience any in-voluntary loss of bikes.
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My cycling goals, which revolve around exercise & fitness rather than racing, are to continue what I began in June 2017. I don't log many miles or hours so what I plan to accomplish will need to be done with about 6 hours (8 tops) per week of cycling. Consistency and remaining injury free are going to be the primary foci. Any improvements in speed, fitness and health will follow provided I stick to the plan without too much deviation.

Cycling is a great way to combat depression.

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Old 12-27-17, 12:18 AM
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1,000 more miles than 2017

Lose 5 lbs

Compete in ultra distance race(s)
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I need to spend less time on the bike.

So far, so good.
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Try a group ride.

Try and figure out how to reduce the nagging muscle pains on the longer rides.
I've already spent a fortune on bike fitters.
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Old 12-27-17, 10:47 AM
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I set a goal of 2000 miles for last year and fell short of that goal. Mostly due to the fact that I don't like to ride when it's cold outside. This year I have invested in some clothing that will keep me warm. I've been testing it this last week and I've been able to go out in temps that I normally wouldn't even think of going (below 45). Now I can hang in the 40's without a problem. I'm going to set the same 2000 mile goal and see how I do.

I'd also like to start using my beater bike for trips to the local stores etc. I keep saying I'm going to but usually find myself behind the wheel of a car.
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Put together camping gear so I can do a lot of weekend getaways this spring and summer. Cheap camping / tenting with a weekend based around cycling during the day.

Making a bit more of a push towards 'adventure cycling'.

Also get more cold-weather gear so I don't have excuses to not cycle.

I guess these goals are kind of vague and slightly intangible but I don't need a hard line goal of X (this still needs to be fun), I just need forward progress towards the idea.
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Old 12-27-17, 11:50 AM
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More touring miles.
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Put together camping gear so I can do a lot of weekend getaways this spring and summer. Cheap camping / tenting with a weekend based around cycling during the day.

Making a bit more of a push towards 'adventure cycling'.

Also get more cold-weather gear so I don't have excuses to not cycle.

I guess these goals are kind of vague and slightly intangible but I don't need a hard line goal of X (this still needs to be fun), I just need forward progress towards the idea.
My guess is you'll want expensive camping gear. Stuff is heavy, just like bikes it costs a lot to make it light. The best stuff comes mostly from the cottage industry, not from REI.

I have a ZPacks down quilt for backpacking. It's much lighter weight and more comfortable than a mummy bag. I can wrap it up around me like a bag on cold nights, but I can lay it out like a blanket at home, too. I'm 6'1" and got a 20* F quilt at around 24 oz.

Themarest makes some of the best ultralight sleeping pads out there. The higher the R-value, the better. The ground is cold, and down doesn't insulate under compression.

Companies like Six Moons make great Cuban fiber shelters. Feather weight, and a lot nicer to be inside of than a bivy sack.
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For me, more mileage and at least one 80-90 miler each month.
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I resolve to not fall down in 2018.

I crashed in 2017. My doctor wrote a prescription that included "ride fewer miles". I gave him the stink eye. He scratched it out and wrote "ride slower". I gave him the other stink eye. He said "just don't fall down any more."
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My guess is you'll want expensive camping gear. Stuff is heavy, just like bikes it costs a lot to make it light. The best stuff comes mostly from the cottage industry, not from REI.

I have a ZPacks down quilt for backpacking. It's much lighter weight and more comfortable than a mummy bag. I can wrap it up around me like a bag on cold nights, but I can lay it out like a blanket at home, too. I'm 6'1" and got a 20* F quilt at around 24 oz.

Themarest makes some of the best ultralight sleeping pads out there. The higher the R-value, the better. The ground is cold, and down doesn't insulate under compression.

Companies like Six Moons make great Cuban fiber shelters. Feather weight, and a lot nicer to be inside of than a bivy sack.
Allergic to down so I have to go with synthetic stuff. Can you explain the Six Moons stuff a little more? You get a tent and then a shelter to put over the tent? Like a tarp and tent?

I was looking at Big Agnes Synthetic bags that aren't a mummy style one, a bit bigger with a little more room to move.
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