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A New Cycling Path for 2021… Some Things Won’t Likely Change. Some Will. A Lot.

April 2021

When UnderArmor dumped Endomondo for Map My Fitness/Map My Ride/Map My Run, etc., etc., etc., I tried MMF for a minute but hated it. The synch between Garmin Connect and the app didn’t work well and messing with it just got… old. So I dropped MMF and just went with Strava, where I’ve got a paid account and many of the bells and whistles that come with the app. With Strava, the app doesn’t quite do for me what Endomondo used to. I could see my weekly, even daily, mileage as soon as I opened the app. For Strava, I have to hit all of the kudos, comment on a few activities, then, if I remember, I might look at my weekly totals – but daily mileage is a little cumbersome to get to. Put simply, I rarely bother looking until, maybe a quick glance Sunday afternoon.

Last year, at the last of Endomondo, I knew how many miles I’d ridden each month. I knew roughly how many miles I was up on 2019 (with the COVID sh!+ show I was up considerably by the middle of April) – I had a general handle where I was year-over-year.

This year, I haven’t got a clue. I know I’m down mileage in all four months over last year. My indoor mileage dropped because I started using a speed sensor that measures way low but provides an excellent motivational push that had me fitter entering spring than any year previous – I’ll take a few hundred miles off the top to be stronger in the spring. Then, of course, no five week layoff where I could ride daily till I was content (I even rode through having COVID)… but here’s the kicker; I really don’t care that I am down in mileage because the quality is so much better than I could have hoped for. I haven’t always been about quality over quantity, but I’m liking it right now. Couple that with the fact that I haven’t worried about where I’m at mileage wise… well, things are good.

On to speed. I had an interesting conversation riding my buddy, Mike home the long way after Sunday’s ride. He expressed a bit of surprise that I hadn’t started riding with the A Group yet, that I still ride with the B Group on Saturdays. He correctly pointed out that I could, with a little bit of effort, keep up with them. Mike isn’t wrong. However, I told him, I like riding with my friends. I like riding in the pace-line with my wife. I love riding the tandem on Sundays with her. I have fun riding with the rest of my friends and as long as I can maintain on Tuesday Night, I’m right where I want to be – and that’s exactly what I told him.

Many think, at 50, their glory days are behind them. My peak fitness days may be back in the past, but my glory days are mainly in front of me – and I’m going to spend as many of those as I can, riding with my wife and friends and a smile on my face.

And that’s exactly how it should be; good times, noodle salad… and a bicycle. Or five.

So, unlike previous years, I’m not going to worry about daily, weekly or monthly mileage. I’m not going to trouble myself with where I’m at year-over-year. This year is simply going to be about enjoying my bike and time with my friends.


  1. Sheree says:

    Good philosophy

  2. Alliteration aside, measuring miles is mostly meaningless. There’s a time and place for dropping the hammer, but riding with friends and enjoying the journey is good way to be. After all, the beauty of riding a bike is the pure enjoyment (and bonus fitness, of course).

  3. Anthony says:

    I hope you have a great season with your friends. I think that is what riding is all about. Actually, I think that is what most things in life are about. Two years ago at work, it sucked because I was no longer working with friends. They were fine coworkers, but they weren’t friends.

  4. Mr Shit50s says:

    Good philosophy, indeed! I’m just getting my head around the fact that my numbers will be – are already – getting worse and trying to be grateful for what I can still do at 55 instead of what I can’t.

    I also haven’t really found the perfect way of recording my runs and rides – I’ve used Strava for a while and recently a Fitbit my kids got me for Xmas, but both of them ‘lose’ kms I know I’ve done due to signal or something, and I don’t really trust my Fitbit to record accurately.

    Then again, it’s not that I’m on the UCI World Tour or anything – it’s just good for motivation to be able to look back and prove to myself that I did those miles, climbed those hills, burned those calories (even if the measurement is a bit wonky). And then be grateful for the time I spent out there…

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