For the month of December, I biked 32.9 miles. It’s not a lot compared to other months this year, but it’s the most I’ve ever done in December. I don’t think I’ve ever biked in December in my life, so it’s a start! We’ve been having an incredibly mild winter here so far, so it makes it easier. I do want to see if I can withstand colder temperatures, though, so that’s my challenge in the month ahead.
I finished the year having logged 1466.7 miles. For next year, I’ll keep track of mileage, but I’m not going to set a goal for it. I’m going to try to be more concerned about the quality of rides than just distance alone. More work on intervals and hills, more focused group rides, and of course some relaxed and fun jaunts as well.
It’s been an educational year for riding for me, and I want to thank you all for reading my blog, and lending support and encouragement along the way. Here’s to a great 2012!
Here’s a list of rides I’d like to do in the coming year, in no particular order.
My goals for 2012:
1. Continue to bike through the winter until the first snowfall sticks. This may mean that I’m just going to keep biking, and that’s fine. (I can’t help but wish for a snow day at work, though!) This may also mean just commuting, and not doing any longer rides, and that’s fine too. The point here is to just keep biking one way or the other, for as long as I can.
2. Work on building up speed. I’ve pretty much proved over and over this year that I can do the long, steady miles, and that’s great. But I’m still slow. I believe my physical and mental burnout this year partially was a result of doing just long rides. Currently, my average speed is about 12.3 mph. I want to increase it to at least 13 mph, which is still slow, but hopefully not too ridiculous. Working on intervals is something new for me, so I’m going to try to keep doing it for next year.
2a. Don’t burn out. Do something other than biking, like getting back to yoga. It’s also all right to take a break from riding once in a while. In a way, I was glad to be forced to take a break this past week and a half, because I really needed it, both physically and mentally. There’s no point biking if it’s not fun.
3. Find a group to consistently train with. I’d like to do a variety of rides, but I want to do a training ride with one particular group at least twice a month.
Next: Rides I’d like to do in the future.
As the days grow shorter and the end of the year approaches, I’ve been thinking back on what I’ve accomplished this year. I’ve succeeded in hitting most of the goals I’ve set out for myself.
1. Resume biking in March, and continue through to December, or when the first snowfall sticks, whichever comes later.
I did start biking in March, and although I haven’t yet started this month, I mean to as soon as I can. So I consider this goal done.
2. Bike 1000 miles this year.
To date, I’ve logged 1433.8 miles this year. That’s 55% more than last year. Whew!
3. Participate in more group rides.
I did ride a few rides with Potomac Pedalers, and several shop rides, trying out many of the shops in the area. I’m starting to get the hang of it.
4. Do at least two century rides and a 200 km brevet.
This is the only goal that I didn’t accomplish, but it wasn’t entirely my fault. One ride got canceled because of flooding, the other ride I chose to be with R rather than ride alone. I did ride the brevet– hooray! I’m happy about that.
I’ve learned a lot about bicycling this year. I need to continue to learn. Next up: goals for 2012.
I’ve caught whatever bug is going around and doing my best to get better. I’m staying off the bike until I recover.
If I were on the bike, though, here are some things I would have for my commute, which has become dark both going to work and returning home. Head light, tail light, reflective belt, reflective ankle bands. It may not be obvious that the lights were turned on for this photo, but see how much the flash reflects off the belt and ankle bands– pretty blindingly bright.
In these shorter days, I like seeing the holiday lights. I also like being visible on the roads. Be safe and happy holidays, everyone.