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    So I noted this recently:
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    My metric climbing number. This means that I have climbed at least 401 meters on at least 401 different days since I started using Strava in 2012.

    As mentioned in my prior post, my stretch goal is to reach an imperial climbing number of 1000 by the end of 2020. I am currently at 825. According to swinny.net I need 362 more days of climbing 1000 feet or more to reach that goal. There are about 113 weeks left, meaning I need to climb 1000+ feet 3.2 days per week. Or about 14 times per month.
    Since that post I have reduced the number of days required by 152 in 309 days. If I maintain that pace I will just make it.
    Last edited by Steve O; 11-06-2018 at 04:06 PM.

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    I set some goals (most at the end of 2017, but I did add some during 2018) for this past year, and I managed to achieve most of them!

    Succeeded:
    • Ride 10k miles
    • Do a cross race
    • Do a gravel race
    • Do a Wednesday Night Spins race
    • Do the Dirty Bikeneticrit (technically a road race?)
    • Learn to trackstand
    • Top 5 FS individual mileage
    • Learn cross mount/dismount (needs work)
    • Average 40 miles per day during FS
    • Learn to ride no hands


    Failed:
    • Ride everyday (fell off the train on Cinco de Mayo I believe, didn't worry about missing days later, and that's probably a good thing for me mentally)
    • Learn to bunnyhop
    • Do a max mileage day (I saw a forum member's Strava ride, and saw it on Reddit too, of a 24-hour ride done at Hains Point, 300+ miles, and wanted to try)
    • Put 200 miles on my mountain bike (was more like ten miles)
    • One century per calendar month (only happened in six months)
    • Learn cool fixed gear mount/dismount (like swinging your leg over the bars I can do like dcv, but I'm wary of dismounting and throwing the bike in front of me while clipless)

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    I really need to log off the internet and go for a ride.


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    I don't have a goal, it's more a vivid and recurring dream I have where I can do wheelies effortlessly, and then I wake up convinced that I really can do them. Perhaps this is the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    2018

    exceed 2017mileage, whatever it turns out to be
    At least match FS performance
    Ride GCCCT all the way south to Occuquan
    Ride C&O to Great Falls
    Ride another century, with more time to spare
    Break 13MPH commute
    Eddington number to 14MPH.

    (I also need an elevation goal, but will reflect on that later)
    Mileage - goal met. 4211 in 2018, vs 4116 in 2017

    FS - goal met - over 1000 miles vs under 800 miles.

    GCCCT - despite a lovely ride led by Reji, did not go to Occuquan. Goal missed.

    C&O wimped out over towpath washout reports and didn't ride the C&O at all. Goal missed.

    Century - didn't do more than a metric the whole year I think. Issues managing weekend time. Goal missed.

    Speed -did not break 13mph avg speed on commute, and I don't think I broke 14 on eddington. Goal missed.

    OTOH did some other stuff. Rode to a medical appt for the first time. Attended FCC (original) and FCC 2. Led a newb I found on NextDoor on a mentoring kind of ride. Spent a lot of time doing stuff wrt Seminary Road, and other BPAC stuff, and got to know a bunch of local pols. Helped with a bike rodeo. Got more confident doing bike mtnce, including changing my own brake pads. Rode in Albany NY and Boulder Co, rode to Pike and Rose in MoCo, rode on Beach Road and the upper part of RCP in DC, rode to Lorton area of FFX, rode the FFX county parkway, rode Lee Highway and far into North Arlington.
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    So - resurrecting the 2018 goals I had started drafting but never posted:

    Maintain the same or better mileage, with more consistency, i.e., less of a gap between my mean and median. In 2017 I averaged just under 10 miles per day, but a median mileage of just over 6.
    - Let's call this a push. I rode about 600 more miles (4,251 vs. 3,639) which is good, I think. As a result, my average was up (11.6) and so was my median (around 8), so the gap was pretty much the same.

    Fewer "sleaze" days (more than 1 but less than 2 miles) while continuing to ride every day.
    - Success - 17 in 2017, down to 8 in 2018 (2 since the end of April).

    Find a way to make it to at least one coffee club (needs to be a later one given drop-off responsibilities and probably in the summer when I have a bit more flexibility time-wise).
    - Failed. The extent of my morning socialization has been the monthly Trail Ranger events on the MBT (since those are literally on my way to school/work). We have been able to make it to more happy hours, though.

    Continue expanding my max. cluster and max. square (as measured on Veloviewer). Basically - this goal helps encourage me to explore more of the metro area by bike and see new places.
    - Success. By the end of 2017, I had a max. square of 7x7 and a max. cluster of 56. I ended 2018 at 9x9 and 122, respectively.

    Continue finding balance in properly encouraging my wife to bike to work without overdoing it
    - Success, I think. Part of it was being supportive/encouraging of her job change, which got her a mile closer to home and with an easier bike commute (and also easier Metro commute). I think the next step is an e-bike...

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    2018 was my first year on a bike in 25+ years, so I didn't start out with any stated biking goals or prior year comparisons. I bought an ebike (pedal assist, no throttle) to introduce exercise which I hoped would be fun enough to stick with, to help with some much needed weight-loss and building towards improved fitness, stamina and energy, and perhaps to consider dabbling with office commutes, once I felt "more up to it". The bike arrived March 2, 2018, and I was 49, 6'2", 303 pounds.

    These loose goals arose while contemplating my 50th approaching in the summer, watching my dad's weight spike in his retirement, and also having committed to go visit Australian friends in 2020... I won't lie, the thought of contemplating a 15+ hour flight in an economy seat at 303 pounds was a powerful driver by itself.

    So for me, my 2018 results frankly blew me away, and I'll be evaluating how to form 2019 goals from this, while I recover from the flu this week:

    4,032 miles -- total biked miles for the year (6,488km)
    1,161 miles -- car miles eliminated by biking to work
    600.2 miles -- highest monthly total (Jul.)
    109 ---------- office roundtrip commutes made
    95.8 miles --- average weekly miles (of all weeks with any biking)
    61 pounds ---- weight lost as of 1/1/19
    53 pounds ---- weight of bike with battery
    51.4 miles --- longest single-day ride total
    38 days ------ mileage exceeded 30
    27.8 miles --- highest average daily miles of any month (Sep.)
    23 days ------ greatest number of biking days in any month (Jul.)
    22.4 miles --- average daily miles (of all days biked more than 1 mile)
    17 ----------- highest number of office commutes in any month (Oct.)
    2 days ------- mileage exceeded 50
    1 ------------ number of falls/wipeouts (late in the game at mile 3,961)
    0 ------------ number of flats (fingers crossed!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christob50 View Post
    2018 was my first year on a bike in 25+ years,

    So for me, my 2018 results frankly blew me away,
    4,032 miles -- total biked miles for the year (6,488km)
    61 pounds ---- weight lost as of 1/1/19
    You rock!!!! I hope you come to the HH on Thursday; I would love to give you a fist bump...or three. Congratulations; you had a fantastic year!

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    Achieved my regular goal of 400 miles per month, with July being the only month below 500:
    J - 684, F - 613, M - 660, A - 701, M - 834, J - 797, J - 487, A - 667, S - 625, O - 711, N - 530, D - 563

    I obtained a cyclocross bike and raced in two cyclocross races (DCCX and Capital Cross) and did not finish last in either one.

    I am still on track I hope to reach a climbing Eddington number of 1000 by the end of 2020. I am currently at 843 and need 330 more days of 1000 feet or more in the next 726 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    i set some goals (most at the end of 2017, but i did add some during 2018) for this past year, and i managed to achieve most of them!

    Succeeded:
    • ride 10k miles
    • do a cross race
    • do a gravel race
    • do a wednesday night spins race
    • do the dirty bikeneticrit (technically a road race?)
    • learn to trackstand
    • top 5 fs individual mileage
    • learn cross mount/dismount (needs work)
    • average 40 miles per day during fs
    • learn to ride no hands
    • usurp control of calvinball from tim the enchanter


    failed:
    • ride everyday (fell off the train on cinco de mayo i believe, didn't worry about missing days later, and that's probably a good thing for me mentally)
    • learn to bunnyhop
    • do a max mileage day (i saw a forum member's strava ride, and saw it on reddit too, of a 24-hour ride done at hains point, 300+ miles, and wanted to try)
    • put 200 miles on my mountain bike (was more like ten miles)
    • one century per calendar month (only happened in six months)
    • learn cool fixed gear mount/dismount (like swinging your leg over the bars i can do like dcv, but i'm wary of dismounting and throwing the bike in front of me while clipless)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post

    2018 Goals
    Seriously, I'm going to bike the entire C&O.
    Try bike camping
    Do more bike touring
    Try to cut back on the mileage
    Continue advocating for safe, active living communities
    Launch Bike University
    Not too bad on the 2018 goals.
    Seriously, I'm going to bike the entire C&O. - Didn't do this, but I biked all of the Natchez Trace Parkway with the best people on earth and it was awesome.
    Try bike camping - I did it. Komorebi and I biked up to Harper's Ferry to go tubing with Steve O and Emm and spent the night at a camp site on the C&O. I thought it was fun and I'd like to do more. We also camped a few nights on the Natchez Trace trip, but that didn't count since ffxbooks was hauling all of the camping gear.
    Do more bike touring - Achievement unlocked. Natchez Trace was great. By far the best vacation I've taken in my life.
    Try to cut back on the mileage - Success, kind of. I rode 1/3 of the miles from the previous year, which was a pretty dramatic decrease (~12k to ~4k). The bad news was that this was related to a nagging shoulder issue. The good news is that I managed to not be as obsessive about mileage and also that I've done a lot of riding around in street clothes.
    Continue advocating for safe, active living communities - Super achieved. I joined Alexandria BPAC, attended a few Arlington BAC meetings, attended and supported multiple bike advocacy meetings and formed the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail.
    Launch Bike University - failed, but I'm okay with it.

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