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9,000 Miles Flies By… without much Fanfare


It currently “feels like” 15° F.  For my European and Canadian friends, that’s a balmy -9.444° C.  Folks, it’s freaking cold outside and I won’t lie, I want to ride outside about as much as I want hemorrhoids.  It’s 5:30 am and I’m trying to work up the gumption to at least take the mountain bike out this morning but it’s not easy.  It was even colder yesterday morning:  It felt like 10° F or something like -12° C with 10-15 mph winds out of the west.  That’s just a bridge too far for this guy.  I rode my 5200 on the trainer all week long and crossed the 9,000 mile mark (14,484 km) on Friday.  In fact, I hit it exactly, only having ten miles to go, I stopped at a half-hour just so I could say I did the ten miles:9000!.JPG

My buddy Mike likes to complain that trainer miles don’t count but I don’t care – I rode ’em, they count.

So, will I ride outside this morning?  It’s doubtful, but if I can convince Mike and my wife to take the mountain bikes out, I’ll be a ridin’ fool.  One thing is for certain:  Mountain bikes outside or 5200 on the trainer in the comfort of my living room, either one beats polishing the couch with my butt.

Incidentally, I just passed another neat milestone.  Going back to when I started keeping track of mileage in 2011 (shortly before I started this blog), I just crossed over 44,000 miles (70,800 km).  I once thought about canning the tracking app.  In fact, I didn’t actually keep track of 2014, that 6,000 miles is a low-ball estimate – I’m quite certain I rode just as many miles as I did in 2015.  Now that I can see the total mileage, I’m glad I decided to go back to tracking it.  It’s nice to see the overall.  It’d be a stretch to say it’s motivational, but I do find it neat to check up on now and again.


  1. Tony says:

    I have just returned from a low 20’sF ride. Certainly enough to get your heart started. I expect to get out again later when it hits a balmy 33F or so. Have a great Sunday! Riding definitely beats couch polishing.

  2. biking2work says:

    I’m jealous. Snowing out, only -3°C on the realfeel but have family things to do so can’t go out before dark. If the schools are closed tomorrow, taking the 29er out and towing my kids up and down the country trail on the sled. That beats the turbo hands down

  3. Quan says:

    The vastness of America always shocks me… I’m trying to motivate myself to get out there early to avoid the heat (and potential smoke from wildfires). Thanks for push off the couch!

  4. Paula says:

    Sorry you had to cut your ride short… I’m sick of winter already, lol. Don’t forget to send me your address for the drawing… but if you’ve changed your mind, let me know. I’ll keep going down the list (I’m always prepared, haha).

    • bgddyjim says:

      Paula, to tell you the truth I’d prefer you give the gift package to someone who could put it to better use. I appreciate it greatly, but my comment was meant as engaging in your post, not as entering in the contest.

  5. Paula says:

    Well, I greatly appreciate you commenting and all your support! So no worries! 😁

  6. Manu Stanley says:

    Approximately 71,000 kilometers! That deserves a big WOW!. All the very best, and I wish you more kilometers in 2018! 🙂

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