2012 Goals: Needs Work

I thought my goals were pretty modest, but it seems like I only accomplished half of them.

My goals for 2012 were:

1. Continue to bike through the winter until the first snowfall sticks.
I’ve now established that I can successfully bike in cold weather in this area, and I will continue to ride year-round. It hardly snowed at all this year, and I’ll continue to take advantage of that if I can in the coming year.

2. Work on building up speed.
This was a fail. I didn’t do any dedicated work on this at all. This is partly because my schedule was really crazy (I did more work-related traveling this year than usual and I went back to school in the fall), and partly because– I admit it– I’m not motivated to train like this. I know you all have great suggestions on how to train for speed, but I need to rethink this to see whether this should even be a goal for me.

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.
I did yoga for the first half of the year, which felt really good. I did Japanese taiko drumming for the rest of the year, and although J made fun of me for calling this a workout, it really is. (Don’t believe me? Try taking an introductory class! It’s really fun.) I need to keep stretching and weight-bearing exercises in my routine to keep fit.

3. Find a group to consistently train with.
This is also something I haven’t yet figured out. I thought I found a good bike shop group to ride with, but they stopped offering rides in October, and won’t resume again until the spring. I need a group I can ride with all year long. Or maybe I should just train by myself.

Next up: goals for 2013.

Goals for 2012

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.

Goals for 2011: Mostly Accomplished

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.

Goals for the New Year

Inspired by Sean, I figured I should kick off the new year with some statistics and some goals.

Last year, according to my training log, I biked 927.8 miles from April to November. Most of those miles were commuting miles, and I did two century rides and some long weekend rides as well.

My goals this year are modest, but attainable.

1. Resume biking in March, and continue through to December, or when the first snowfall sticks, whichever comes later. Under normal circumstances, we don’t get a lot of snow in this area, so I could conceivably bike much of the winter. I’m a chicken about snow and ice– I know I can get studded tires, but I’m not into it right now. The main thing that is keeping me from biking now is a lack of winter-appropriate clothing, and a hectic schedule for the next two months that will cause me to be out of town for several days. I will address the former, but leave the latter as is.

2. Bike 1000 miles this year. I think this can be achieved.

3. Participate in more group rides. I only just got started with this at the end of last year, and I’d like to do it in earnest this year, if for no other reason than the camaraderie.

4. Do at least two century rides and a 200 km brevet. Last year, I did the centuries on a hybrid, which damn near killed me. I’m hoping that these long distances will feel better on my new road bike.

I have other things I’d like to do with the bikes, but this is a good start.