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2018 Cycling Goals?
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posted 12/1/2017
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I see a few goal-oriented Challenges out there for next year. Are you a goal-oriented person? Care to share your goals here?

I'll start. I've been working on a goal of riding in all fifty states in the USA. My 2018 goal is to push the current tally up to 49, with plans to hit #50 (Hawaii) in 2019. My second goal is to finally do my first multi-day off-road bikepacking trip. This is one I've been dreaming about for a while and I'm certainly not getting any younger so this will be the year.

So what are your 2018 goals?
Say it out loud and make those dreams happen!

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posted 12/15/2018
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My year didn't work out like I planned. It started off late last year recovering from a badly cut left index finger that needed surgery to reattach the flexor tendon and nerve bundle. As a result, I had to wear a brace on the left hand to keep the wrist bent to relieve pressure on the repaired tendon so it could heal properly. I had to ride a trike so as not to inadvertently re-injure the tendon.

I was able to get some miles in January and February but something did not feel right - I couldn't get my heart rate up past 120 without shortness of breath. My anaerobic heart rate prior to the end of 2017 was in the low to mid 150s. Sensing the obvious, I went to see a cardiologist. He told me to stay off exercise until we find out. A month later I had a double coronary bypass surgery to bypass a 70-80% blockage at the origin of the left main coronary artery. They also bypassed another coronary artery.

So I was off the bike from March 1 to June 4. However the June rides were with heart rate limitations. All restrictions were removed in July.

So "normal" riding began mid year but still on a trike but a "fast" trike - ICE VTX+. But remodeling of the master bathroom took time out of my riding as well. No, I did not do it but because of various issues, I needed to be around more than normal to coordinate with the contractor which ate into riding time.

And the weather in the last half of the year was wetter than normal which limited riding on days I could have ridden!

And finally, since I was riding slower with the injury and on a trike, 3 hours of riding time resulted in less miles. My "normal" annual miles are above 7700 miles. This year, I won't make 3500 miles. Prorating the months I rode to 12 months, I may have ridden 4700 miles. Still about half my recent annual miles.

I plan to ride more in 2019.

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posted 12/15/2018
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Poor poor year for me. New job, more days worked while on orientation and once completed my work week is 4 days instead of 3. Amazing what 1 day difference does. My only goal is to ride more in 2019 than i did in 2018. I have barely 1000 miles. Im used to 3500 give or take.

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posted 12/15/2018
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BikeLady, 5000 miles on the bike in one year is nothing to scoff at.
In the last 4 or 5 years when I was still working, that was my annual average. I never rode any century rides or events, just 5 days a week of bike commuting and a Sunday morning ride of 35 to 40 miles. It was plenty to keep me fit and active. I never lost much weight due to cycling, but when I eliminated all sugar and gluten, and cut back other carbs, 25 lbs went away pretty fast.

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posted 12/15/2018
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Z-Man, it sounds like a very nice bike, but red being faster? I don' think so!

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posted 12/16/2018
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Z-Man, it sounds like a very nice bike, but red being faster? I don' think so!
-- posted by BlazingPedals


We have to have something in our minds that makes us think our bikes are faster.

Zman

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posted 12/16/2018
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Z-Man, it sounds like a very nice bike, but red being faster? I don' think so!
-- posted by BlazingPedals


We have to have something in our minds that makes us think our bikes are faster.

Zman
-- posted by Zurichman


Red is always faster and if your bar tape is also red.....LOOKOUT

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posted 12/16/2018
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Z-Man, it sounds like a very nice bike, but red being faster? I don' think so!
-- posted by BlazingPedals


We have to have something in our minds that makes us think our bikes are faster.

Zman
-- posted by Zurichman


Red is always faster and if your bar tape is also red.....LOOKOUT
-- posted by Krypto


That would be why my black Trek Emonda is faster than my lime green Surly Straggler!


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posted 12/17/2018
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I thought blue bikes were faster...especially if they are LIGHT blue.

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posted 12/17/2018
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My goals were mostly a big failure. (See below)
However, due to record rainfall this year that rendered some of my backyard singletrack submerged and useless, I thought it would be a good time to build additional singletrack to make up for the loss, and also widen and modify sections of the trail so I can use my Ogo wheelchair on them when I'm no longer able to ride.
A very good friend that loves to build singletrack has been helping me immensely, doing much of the difficult benchcut digging that is too hard for me to do efficiently.

My Goals were...
I think for 2018 I'd like to continue riding with friends even more often, and that includes a trip to central Flatlandia to ride with Slow_Moe on his home turf.
- Sadly I Failed.

And I was thinking of exploring more rail-trails.
- I Did explore some new rail trails!

And maybe I'll even try to set up my huge Vee Apache tires tubeless on my Lebowske. I love those tires, but so far I've gotten too many flats with them.
- Well, I didn't set them up tubeless, but I bought a tube liner that prevented flats.
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posted 12/17/2018
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As this year winds down, I have to concede to failure/partial success in my meager goals. I did manage to add states #43-48 to my list of Fifty states to ride in, checking off Nevada, California, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Hawaii (plus Alberta). But I failed to get out on that initial bikepacking trip. I was pretty much all set to go in the spring but a badly broken wrist sidelined me for a few months and it seemed like either the schedule or the weather or my lack of energy caused me to fail in that regard. Maybe 2019.

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