100 miles to go – well, technically 98 but who’s counting. I started off the year with a goal of 4,000 all-purpose miles by December 31st. I blew by that in early September – and now I’ve got just under 100 miles to go to hit 5,000.
I’d put a guess at sometime next week. Earlier in the season I’d have that done before Sunday, but I haven’t put those kinds of efforts in for a couple of weeks now. I’m all about maintaining my fitness until next season, but I’m in my third week of a much-needed break (50 miles a week instead of 150-200) that I’ve been enjoying thoroughly. My diet has reflected this cutback as well – I’m not eating anywhere near the food I was at my peak… I was really quite nervous about the transition but it’s gone a lot better that anticipated.
I did have to set my break aside for a few days though – we just went through a two-day summer that absolutely required a couple of good rides. On Wednesday I remembered to bring my bike home but left my shoes at the office – so I was mountain bike-bound. I went out with the wife and kids for a couple and then followed that up with a nice 16 mph dirt road ride. Then, yesterday I went out for a nice 16 miles in 20-30 mile per hour winds. It was comical to say the least. My fourth mile time, on the way out, was 2:15 seconds. I hit 33 mph – on the flat. Of course, on the way back it was hard to maintain 13 mph – and the miles where I had a crosswind were laugh inducing because I had to lean into the wind so much… But at 80 degrees – in October, I couldn’t have possibly cared less. I had a smile on my face the whole time. The weather over the next several days is going to be much cooler (30-40 degrees) but I’ll probably go for a couple of rides in between a run and cutting the grass/leaves.
Who’d have thunk it – 5,000 miles in one year. That’s a pretty big deal for me. – about 10 times what used to be normal.