I hit Diamond status in the National Bike Challenge (US) yesterday: 5,000 points, or roughly 3,200 miles for the season (May – September):
I end up shaking out, Nationally, at 561 out of 34,450 participants or firmly within the top 2 percent. Not bad for non-government work.
I suppose this is as good as any for a season post-mortem now that we’ve got only a few decent weeks of cycling left… With three months left to go in the year I’m currently sitting at 4,250 miles. It’ll be tight trying to reach my goal of 5,000 miles for the year if I go by what I did last season. I’m not exactly all that concerned with whether I make it or not though… I had another fantastic, injury free year, I rode my bike a ton, and I maintained an excellent balance between my marriage, work and cycling. If that wasn’t enough, I put in a bunch of personal bests, including highest volume month (800 miles), fastest 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 km, 50 km, 100 km and 100 miles and my steepest climb (1.25 miles @ 18% average). On top of that, my average speed on my Tuesday night club ride, which was 20-20.5 mph last year, is up to 21-22 mph. The truth is, while the weather often left quite a bit to be desired, I couldn’t have asked for a better season.
As far as my weight goes, I was perfect this summer, never fluctuating more than a pound or two either way. Maintaining my weight was a huge issue last year, specifically eating enough that I not only wouldn’t lose any more, but that I’d gain the several back that I could ill afford to lose in the first place. That said, as the weather starts to get colder and wetter, and my mileage starts dipping, it’ll be time to modify my diet again so that I don’t gain any weight over the winter. This shouldn’t be an issue, it certainly wasn’t last year. I know exactly what and how to cut down. It’s as simple as this: Last year, rinse and repeat.
If I was doing any better, Congress would make a law against it because they were jealous.