Now, it is time to get back to it. I started the riding in May of '09 simply to lose weight and become more healthy. I made good progress in that area, but it can slip away quickly if I don't get back in the saddle.
So, here are the 2010 goals that I'll be working towards:
- 2,100 miles on the bike, which is about 40 miles per week and 175 miles/month. Even doing three easy rides per week, this should be easily achieved, but I need to work on longer rides* (regardless of the speed for now). This is not really an aggressive plan, but should develop the "consistency" habit that means I will always be doing something. Follow my progress on the right in yellow.
- El Tour de Tucson - 66 mile route (11/10). This seems as much of a challenge as my 35 miler, based on my training last year. The only caveat would be if one of my kids or my wife wants to do their first race on the 35 mile route. I'd love to do that with them.
- Tour of the Tucson Mountains - 27 mile route (4/10). This should be an easy ride, but I will be doing it with Crazy Jim, who is newer to cycling. Still this will be another milestone event for me to train for, working on some endurance and speed. Each race will be a learning experience.
- Casa Grande Century - 34 mile route (1/10/10). Wish I had been cycling in December, because I will be doing this race without good preparation. Nonetheless, it will be miles and I'm glad to finally have a follow-up to El Tour.
- Weight loss - I'm still not comfortable putting my numbers out here, but I will focus more on what I eat in 2010 (didn't pay much attention in '09, hoping that the cycling alone would do miracles...it didn't). I am forecasting that I will lose about 40 pounds in 2010.
- Distance* - I realize now that I made two mistakes in my training in 2009. Most importantly, I didn't train consistently...I had great months, then 3-5 weeks of inactivity. Secondly, I focused too much on speed, rather than distance. I need to develop enough stamina to go on much longer rides. As it is, I turn down my friends very often because a Saturday ride for them might be 40 miles, which seems too challenging for me...probably more of a mental block, than physical, and I need to get past that. Need a "big ride" at least twice a month...start with 21 miles as a minimum for a "big ride".
Keep riding everyone!