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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    2013 Cycling Goals

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    Happy New Year, everyone!

    These are my goals for this year:

    1. 4000 miles
    2. Learn to ride hills (I live in the flats)
    3. Work on speed so I can ride with my friends in the 20+ pacelines and not get dropped after 10 miles
    4. Complete the Smart Ride (Miami to Key West) I'd trained for this year, but didn't do due to injury days before.
    5. Have more fun!

    What are yours?
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    1984 Raleigh Sport/Brooks B66

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Puget Sound
    I love setting goals. This year was a great year of outdoor accomplishments for me :-) So, I have lots on my 2013 list for various activities. For cycling I hope to continue to ride through the winter (did that in 2012) and and repeat some of my favorites including a couple of overnighters. Here are some new rides I haven't done before:

    Here's my preliminary list:

    Chilly Hilly - February
    Tour de Blast or High Pass Challenge (Mt. Saint Helen)
    Crater Lake Century
    Couer D' Fondo
    Get Your Guts In Gear (3-day fundraising ride for corohns)
    Olympic Discovery Trail (bike/camping)
    Mt. Constitution

    I hope everyone has a healthy and happy year!

    ~ Dog
    We do not take a trip; a trip takes us - John Steinbeck

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Whitmore Lake, Michigan
    These are mine, compiled in the beginning of December. Cold and snow in Michigan deprive me of riding so I turn to dreaming of next season.

    ∑ Ride 5 new trails or paths
    ∑ Do at least 2 urban rides in a city
    ∑ Take my bike on at least one vacation
    ∑ Rent a bike on one vacation in a style different than what I normally ride
    ∑ Take on one bicycle advocacy initiative
    ∑ Go on a bike ride with a kid under 10 yrs old who is not a relative
    ∑ Test ride some different bikes than what I normally ride
    ∑ Ride a tandem
    ∑ Do at least one charity ride
    ∑ Do at least 2 group rides
    ∑ Train to ride a trip of 40 miles
    ∑ Ride 1,000 miles next year
    ∑ Increase my riding average speed to 10 mph
    ∑ Ride a real mountain bike trail

    I've done some preliminary route scouting and mapping to help achieve these goals and I've broken out the trainer to help my body be ready for next season. I loathe the trainer, but like the rewards of it.
    Bike Writer


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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Bike Writer, I love some of your goals - especially the one about riding with a kid under the age of 10!

    I haven't been riding long, so mine are modest, but here they are:

    • Conquer the clipless pedals
    • Train for and ride a Team in Training century
    • Get better on hills (I live in Flatsville too)
    • Get dh a bike and ride a lot with him!
    • Up my average speed to over 20 mph, so I can ride with the faster pace groups (and in some cases, ride with a group period)

    I've started to tackle the first, and I think I'm going to plan on the Cross Timbers Classic Bike Rally in May for the second. The fourth will be money dependent, and I'll hopefully make good progress on the third and fifth just training for the century.
    "Susie" - 2012 Specialized Ruby Apex, not pink/Selle SMP Lite 209

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Western Canada-prairies, mountain & ocean
    I've been always a bit of a sloth in setting in advance, cycling goals at the beginning of each year. I make it simple for myself:

    *Continue to bike as frequently as I have in other years in whatever city I am living in.
    *Encourage myself to cycle several times per week during winter. More often, if not also, daily, for other seasons.
    *2-3 multi-day long touring bike rides with my packed panniers.
    *Continue to make cycling my main mode of transportation. (I guess I have to if I'm car-free...)
    *Do at least 2-4 100 km. day rides.
    *Eat mindfully.
    *Learn some new bike routes.
    *Support my city in new cycling infrastructure initiatives by participating in discussions and riding /using such infrastructure, tell other people about it too.
    *Share cycling love and make it integrated into daily experiences....through my personal blog.

    Dumb as this maybe I don't set overly high expectations and keep goals vague....it allows me to exceed them. Crazy psychology, but it works for me. After all, cycing is meant to be fun for me.
    Last edited by shootingstar; 01-01-2013 at 04:34 PM.
    My Personal blog on cycling & other favourite passions.
    遙知馬力日久見人心 Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know whatís in a personís heart.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Plantation, FL
    Ok here is the start of this list with several ideas lifted from those here.

    1. Ride my age (46 miles) at least once if not more. Currently I can do 21 miles
    2. Increase my average speed to 18 mph or more
    3. Ride a trail
    4 use mt hybrid for errands regularly
    5 try to ride 3 to 4 times per week wheneveR I am not traveling.

    Learning new routes is there too but I tend to do that anyway

    Happy new year and good riding.
    --2012 Trek Lexa with Terry butterfly saddle.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Here are just a few!

    1. Get back ON the bike...
    2. Continue to build up endurance
    3 Invest in bike shorts
    4. Do small camping trips with bike
    5. Work on speed
    6. Log at least 4k mi!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Concord, MA
    I don't know what my goals are. The only one I am sure of is to ride more than I did in 2012. In 2010 and 2011 I rode 3,300 and 3,100 miles. In 2012 I made my "minimum" of 2,500 miles, but my total was around 2,700 (not sure of exact amount, as both of my bike computers got messed up near the end). Most of this was due to my work schedule, but some was due to laziness. On the other hand, I am consistently going to boot camp 2X a week and I lost 5-6 lbs. and I am much stronger.
    I probably will have more riding time next fall, as I plan to quit my job and find something with less hours, closer to home once I get my licensing requirements finished up. Hopefully, that will make the difference.
    I really don't know what else to add. It seems if I make goals, it's a sure way for me to start having a bad attitude and hating riding. If I have more free time, I'd like to add in more of the utility rides I used to do. And, find a job where I can ride to work at least some of the time.
    Every year I say I am going to improve my skills on the bike, but so far, that hasn't happened. As far as speed goes, I reached my peak in 2006. Then I went backwards when I got sick in 2007. 2008 and 2009 were building back up years, which I did, but now I need more recovery time and I tend to have some rides that are OK/average for me, some that are slow because I am riding with slower riders, and a few that are fast for me. I know I should ride with faster riders, but I haven't made too many of the group rides I used to do (only one this year, in addition to the 2 I led).
    I think I've learned enough about myself from riding the last 12 years to say that a goal of riding more is enough for me, and I will see what happens.
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    2011 Guru Praemio
    Specialized Oura
    2017 Specialized Ariel Sport

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    I've tracked mileage for the past 3 years and am disappointed in myself every year. (My low mileages may have something to do with the amount of mountain biking I do.) This year, I'm not tracking mileage. Instead, I'm going to:

    1. Focus on tracking time (days per week, and hours on any bike).
    2. Complete my first XC race season (probably 3-4 races, and maybe a relay or enduro race), with absolutely no pressure to win anything.
    3. Focus on the social side of riding more than the quantitative side, and do more road and mountain group rides.
    4. Finish building my new mountain bike and sell my old one to defray the cost.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Still thinking about my 2013 goals - but they will include the following:

    Ride more than in 2012 (and avoid injury) - at least 4,000 miles
    At least one charity ride, possibly 2 (at least the Hope ride)
    Shoot for at least one group ride a month - I tend to ride solo most of the time
    Death March (gravel event) in March IF I can get enough gravel time in between now and then...
    Gravel Grovel (gravel race) on Thanksgiving weekend
    get better at hill climbing
    Learn how to do unassisted pull-ups
    Continue to learn basics of Olympic lifting
    Continue with my group training 2-3 times a week

    I can be overly goal-driven, which is why my list isn't as detailed as in past years. As odd as this might sound, I've found that I seem to enjoy "training for an event" better than participating in the actual event. That is probably weird but that is me. I've also found that I enjoy lifting heavy things and doing wild metabolic conditioning things far better than I would have ever dreamed. Would love to do a little trail running, but I don't know if that will ever be an option for me, we shall see.
    Last edited by Catrin; 01-02-2013 at 01:17 PM.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Indianapolis IN
    *. Lose 20 lbs or more if possible by the end of Summer by eating healthy . I haven’t been doing that in the last 3 months... shame on me!..
    *. Do the POLAR BEAR RIDE II this Saturday with my boys and some other family members and friends.(10 mile recreational ride)
    *. Do indoor cycling sessions (with the indoor bike trainer) at least 3 times a week during winter with the meetup group (FREE). I like that!. ..Starting next week! Yay!!...
    *. Start to commute sometime in April until sometime in October/Nov if weather permits…and do at least 100 miles a week in addition to the 80 I will be doing during my commutes. This will be combining road and mountain biking.
    *. Work on my speed so by the end of the year I would like to be at at least 18+mph average if possible ( now I am at 15-16mph)
    *. Work on climbing because I suck…..but I know if I lose some weight that will improve Big Time.
    *. Attend the Womens Mountain Bike Clinic.
    *. Learn all I can about bike maintenance /tune ups etc etc ( I already know how to change a tire an tube. I also know how to install fenders… I did on my commuter getting her ready for Spring )
    *. Ride all I can with my two boys.
    *. Encourage family members and friends to use their bikes more often and ride with them in a group whenever is possible. I already started with the POLAR BEAR RIDE . I am taking 3 family members besides my 2 boys this Saturday.
    Last edited by Giulianna23; 01-02-2013 at 10:17 AM.

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    2013 Giant Defy 5 - RB(Commute/Easy Rides) "Trooper"
    2012 Diamondback Response XE MTB (my son's)

    13' FUJI SUPREME 1.3C (Selle Italia Diva/Easton EC70 SL) "My Girl"

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Western Canada-prairies, mountain & ocean
    It seems if I make goals, it's a sure way for me to start having a bad attitude and hating riding.
    Hey, Crankin I know I'm like that. Already I have to set annual (and more frequent!) goals for my job, for larger projects with other people, as well as for personal financial management, etc. I consider cycling definitely a personal activity and since I'm a non-racer/don't enter any time-based rides, I'd rather cycle with an attitude that helps me STAY on the bike, not hate cycling as another chore where I end up feeling lousy because I didn't make a cumulative mileage goal, etc.

    In some vague way, yes I would like to do 2,500 km or 3,500 km. minimum annually but my cumulative mileage is based on known route total distance. I eliminated my cyclometer about 10 yrs. ago. The way how I gauge my fitness improvement each year is my daily cycling distance endurance and how I can climb hills.

    Without really aiming for a pre-set goal at the beginning, some years I have racked up 5,000 - 7,000 km. annually --especially when I was unemployed or did some multi-wk. long trips. I focus more on each day as it comes and just cycle happily away.
    My Personal blog on cycling & other favourite passions.
    遙知馬力日久見人心 Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know whatís in a personís heart.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Central Indiana
    When I first started riding, I was pretty goal-oriented, but a series of injuries and life changes made me dial back quite a bit. Now, I'm more interested in just staying injury free and sticking with my weekly fitness routine. I haven't had an computer on my bike in several years, so I have only a vague idea of how far I've gone on any given ride or how fast (DH has one and sometimes I ask, while sometimes I don't). Plus, as Becky suggested in her own response, mileage doesn't mean quite the same thing when it comes to mountainbiking. So, with that said, my goals are pretty general. I'd like to continue improving on my mountain bike. I would love to tackle all but the hardest trails at my favorite park--hopefully injury/crash free. Knock on wood. I'd like to do a few more club road rides. I still miss riding with friends in various parts of the state. No offense to my husband, but riding only with him straight from our house bores me to tears. I miss the variety of riding with other people and doing a diverse set of routes.

    More than anything, I'd like to continue to run year round instead of stopping in the spring and picking it back up in the fall. I'm really enjoying it this time around and, again with no offense to my husband, I enjoy that I do it on my own and don't have to wait for both his and my stars to align, as I so often have to do with cycling.

    Yoga is ever present in my life. I'd like to continue to take 2-3 classes a week if my schedule allows. And I plan to continue meeting with my trainer twice a week--once in a group setting and once individually. I've started to see some progress. It was really slow going for a while--I think because my Graves' Disease was leading to some muscle weakness--but I'm starting to feel really good of late, and I hope that trend continues.
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

    --Mary Anne Radmacher

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Chicago suburbs
    Generally speaking, I typically have only 1 cycling goal at the start of each season...and that is to try and match my mileage from the previous year. That might be a "tall" order for me, though...considering that 2012 was my biggest riding year ever at 8,642 miles. THAT will be difficult to do, 2 years in a row...but I'll try my best. Other than that, my other goals are:

    Try to keep riding throughout the winter...whenever possible.
    Try to resolve my ongoing hand issues...with surgery or if possible, without.
    Try to keep the injuries to a minimum.
    Take an overnight trip on the bike.
    Ride at least 4 centuries (the same amount I did last year).

    2012 Seven Axiom SL - Specialized Ruby SL 155

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Do a better job of integrating other forms of exercise with cycling.
    Not get dropped on the hammer ride, just once.
    Do a race and not come in DFL.
    Get better at descents.
    Don't drool on the Cervelo tri-bike my LBS has on display.
    I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood--Susan B. Anthony



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