Three Thousand – How long is 3,000 miles? Let’s put this in perspective. It’s ~2,949 miles from Mexico City to Lima, Peru. It’s ~2,985 miles from Beijing to Kabul, Afghanistan. It’s ~2,990 miles from Virginia Beach, VA to San Jose, CA. It’s ~3,460 miles from New York City to London. 3,000 miles = 4,828.032 kilometers. 3,000 miles is the milestone I just passed today for bike miles in 2011.
Composition – My Garmin would give you these exact stats for the year: 3,000.82 miles, 263:48:35 hrs:min:sec, 241,480 feet of elevation gain. That would be 11 days of continuous riding and climbing the equivalent of 8.5 Mount Everests(from sea level)! I can say that I feel the healthiest I’ve felt in years. I lost approximately 30 pounds since the beginning of the year. What comprised all those miles? A lot of work commuting, training & completing two mountain bike races (Silver Rush 50 and Leadville 100), two bike camping trips (Moab Sand Flats and Buffalo Creek), family bike rides and a summit of Mount Evans. I forgot to mention that those miles were all on a mountain bike. Odds are against a 4,000 mile year as the days are getting shorter and the warmer weather is disappearing.
Goals – I believe it’s important to set goals and tell people about those goals. I like the following quote: “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.” – Denis Waitley. If you don’t clearly define your goals and create a plan to achieve those goals you’ll just be a victim of chance. The “telling” part is a form of self accountability. After all would you rather spend 30 minutes rehashing, to everybody you see, some lame half baked story of an excuse of why you didn’t achieve your goal or would you rather just smile and say mission accomplished? Going into 2011 my primary bike goal was to obtain “The Buckle”. To do so I had to complete the Leadville 100 in less than 12 hours. Mission Accomplished! Throughout the year as I began to see the miles stack up and I set a 3,000 mile goal. Mission Accomplished! My primary goal for 2012 is to return to the Leadville 100 and bring home the “Big Buckle” (less than 9 hour finish). I’m going to spend the “off-season” trying to maintain my base fitness as well as a strengthening program. Over the next couple of months I will be planning what other races I want to build into 2012. I’m thinking four or five races total. I also intend to evaluate my training plan to ensure I have the proper balance of time with my family. Stay tuned!