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33% Down on Miles in June Year Over Year – and I Couldn’t Be Happier!


July 2022

June of 2021 wasn’t quite a bumper month in cycling for me at 925 miles but it was up there. A really decent month is between 1,000 and 1,100 miles.

This June is way out of the ordinary. I’m down all the way to 626 miles – 67% of 2021s miles, or 51% of 2020.

Now, some of you who have been around long enough to know the me from… well, like six months ago, know that I was once a fairly aggressive cyclist and being down that many miles in a month should indicate a serious problem. Reality is the opposite, though. Back then, I didn’t care much for days off and I rode fast. A LOT. I was also exceptionally self-centered about getting my rides in, no matter what. Well, my wife and I made some changes several months ago and I’ve come to find that I don’t much like that guy. In fact, I realized that part of me had to be put to rest for a greater good and happiness.

I’ll have more on that subject in an upcoming post in which I’ll delve into much of how my wife and I found happiness on a tandem.

What matters for this post is that I’ve found a vastly more satisfying form of cycling that demolished the need to pump out 1,000-mile months. The cliché goes; quality, not quantity and I’m here to say that I’m vastly happier with the quality miles we’re getting nowadays, captaining the tandem with my wife compared with the quantity from years’ past.

I checked yesterday and I’ve only got 2,700 miles (give or take) for the year. Normally by this time I’m well on my way to 4,000. If I never turn in a 20-mph average again on a ride but can continue this way, riding with my best friend, I’ll die a happy man and never look back longingly at the “fast days”.

Every time I throw a leg over that tandem, I’m exactly where I want to be. It’s as good as it gets.


  1. Uncoffined says:

    Sometimes quality is better than quantity

  2. Before you know it, you will be writing about the joys of MOUNTAIN BIKING 🙂

  3. How good are tandems! You simply cannot put a price on quality miles like that, my friend! 🙂

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