A couple of years ago, I got back into cycling.
In fact, it was the Tour de France that hooked me back (and I wrote a blog post about that).
But this year I have taken my cycling passion to new heights.
My goal for 2012 was to bike 1,000 miles on the open road. As of today, I have 1,049.
Yes, I’ve surpassed my goal — and there are still four months left in this year. It’s time to really crush it.
(Last year, in comparison, I had about 660.)
New top speed
Although I haven’t focused a ton on speed intervals, I have mapped out a few short courses near my home and focused on speed.
One course is just about 9.5 miles long, and I rode it twice last week. Each time I got a new fastest time — 19.2 mph the first time and 19.3 mph the second time.
One more thing that I’d like to accomplish — I’m waiting for the beginning of fall and for slightly cooler temperatures — is a century ride, or 100 miles in a day.
I had planned out a day in early May to do it and, as luck would have it, severe thunderstorms came that day instead. So I’ve rescheduled for the fall sometime.
Cycling in 2013
I want to successfully complete the triple crown and claim my jersey, which means I’ll have to bike 50K-100K-100K at the least. (In miles, that’s about 31-62-62.)
Here’s to achieving my goals!
What goals have you crossed off your list this year?
It’s often said that sometimes you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture.
It’s never said that you should take a step forward and take a look at the little picture. Yet that’s precisely what I’ve been doing lately.
One of my goals for 2011 is to bike 2,011 miles on my bike. That mile-marker is such a high number that to achieve this goal, I’ve broken the mileage down by month. For January, I sought to bike 111 miles (I started on Jan. 13, so it was really half of the month).
I’ve found that I need to focus on the smaller chunks, or the worry of not meeting the goal will consume me.
If I concentrate on getting through 50 each week, I’ll hit my goal. If I concentrate on trying to get to 175 each month, my confidence erodes.
Sometimes it’s all about the little picture.
On my second post on this blog, I wrote about why I loved discovering dailymile, the fitness social network. And I also set my motivation to complete 500 cycling miles from July to September, a three-month span.
OK, I haven’t met my goal, and I won’t. I haven’t gone on a ride for 18 days now, and I’m at 378 miles of my 500-mile goal.
So, I’m going to miss my goal by nearly 20 percent. But that doesn’t bother me at all.
My wife was off her feet recently, which is why I haven’t had time to go on a ride. My free time has been consumed with puppy and wife sitting and household management. And I’m pretty confident I would have gotten to 500 miles if that accident had not happened. But, hey, that’s life, always throwing wrenches into the best-laid plans.
In two of my last four rides, I had a combined 86 miles. And considering I could have gone on at least one ride per week, hitting 122 in four rides would have been a breeze in comparison.
Frankly, though, the reason why I’m happy in spite of my failure was put simpler by me on dailymile:
The purpose of my goal was to get me riding more anyway, not to hit an arbitrary mileage goal. And I have been riding more this year (I rode less than 100 miles each year for the past few years).
Getting back on my bike coincided with me buying a working cycling computer, and that was the motivation I leveraged in getting back onto my bike. And getting back to doing something I love is what was important in my inaugural @dailymile adventure.
A little about my bike:
I’m not sure how old it is, but I’ve had it for more than 12 years. It’s a Trek 330 touring bike. (Yes, it has clipless pedals.)
I’ve always kept up on the Tour de France, mainly through ESPN and SportsCenter. So when I found myself bored, I turned on channel and found the Stage 1 excitement. I was addicted.
And one thing that stood out to me was just how much nuance I was missing from that round-up coverage. Watching the broadcasts live on Versus gave a much deeper vision of the intricacies on the tour.
The team dynamic was something that I just didn’t grasp through the overview coverage. But watching hours of cycling each day gives such a different perspective on the sport, the event and life.
Why? Well it’s quite interesting to see how individual cyclists must adapt each day. And I can’t help but think how the practices that individuals adapt will
As great as teamwork is, sometimes you have to go it alone. Help is great — and you often need it — but the general classification is an individual race, and only one person can win. You have to be just as confident to go it alone as you are to go in a pack.
You must have a plan. Without one, you’ll never achieve your goal. Can you find short-term success without a plan? Maybe, if luck falls your way. But long-term success will be reached by those with a plan to get there. And you don’t want to rely on luck as your only stepping stool to success.
If you lend a helping hand, you’ll often receive one. It’s about networking. If you reach out and help someone who needs help, they’ll be much more inclined to reach out and help you just when you need it.
Winning isn’t the only thing. The general classification is the main way to achieve victory in the Tour de France. But there are other ways to gain notoriety — stage wins, mountain climbs, sprint points, team classification. You might have one main metric in mind in terms of defining success, but don’t forget there are other metrics you can use that might give you a sense of achievement.