If you didn’t already get a Happy New year from me on Facebook, I want to wish you all a Prósepro Año Nuevo and hope you all enjoyed some time over the holidays with family, friends and bikes.
For many of my cycling friends, Facebook has become the not only the place to wish friends a happy holiday, but also the spot to report year end mileage totals. This year, my super-human friend Tom Lais had the most miles, with 15,122. The most I ever rode in a year was 12,000 miles, and that was about 17 years ago! Way to go Tom. Most of my pals who race and commute logged a bit more than 5,000 miles. I didn’t keep very accurate track, but know I only logged 3,362 on Endomondo for all of 2012. I rode more than that, but I’m sure it was less than 5,000. The primary reason I rode a lot less in 2012 was because I worked a lot more and when the Bike Fed moved our office, my commute was cut from 10 miles to 4 miles. That alone removed 3,000 miles from my annual total!
Hence my number one New Year’s resolution is to ride more this year. To start the year off right, I got in a ride from Racine to Milwaukee on New Years Day, even though the temperatures were in the teens. If conditions stay this nice, I hope to do a lot more rides on my Schlick Northpaw on the Wauwatosa mountain bike trails near my house. I rode those most every day over my vacation. The new short commute remains a problem, so each day I plan to either get in an extra ride over lunch or take the long way to or from work.
Studies show almost 90% of New Year’s resolutions go unfulfilled. For 2013 I choose three personal resolutions that compliment each other.
- Ride more
- Get in good enough shape to hang on the Tuesday Velo Trocadero training rides
- Take my vacation time
Despite the dismal percentage of people who stick with their resolutions, I plan on being part of the 10% who succeed. I think I set realistic, quantifiable goals. I’m going to track my miles with Endomondo’s iPhone app, since I already use that every year for the commuter challenge.
How many miles did you get in last year and how did you keep track of them? Any non-professionals out there have more miles than Tom? I bet you came close Barry. How about you Ron? Anyone have any year-long workplace commute challenges you want to report on?