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On track to meet November mileage goal: 550 miles.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by  
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November
28
2012

I set quite a few personal records this month, and I’ll summarize them once the month is over.

One of the goals I set for November was to cycle at least 550 miles (also a new PR), and I’m right on track to meet that goal (click to enlarge):

53 miles in three days to meet my November goal. No problem!

53 miles in three days to meet my November goal. No problem!

 

I’ll be knocking out almost half those remaining miles this morning, leaving me with less than 30 miles to cover in two days. Piece of cake.

The number of miles I’ve been riding since I started getting serious about my cycling training has been increasing drastically with each passing month. September is when I made the commitment, and I’ve been ramping it up since then (click to enlarge):

Total miles cycled by month: April 2012 - November 2012.

Total miles cycled by month: April 2012 – November 2012.

 

Of course it’s not just the miles, it’s the quality of the miles. For the past six weeks I’ve been following a structured cycling training plan on TrainerRoad, and I feel that work is going to really pay off for me–especially as I move forward with increasingly more advanced training.

I have been mixing up my riding with a nice blend of mountain biking, road cycling and indoor training in my Bike Torture Chamber. Unfortunately over the past month I was forced to do a little more indoor training than I would have preferred, but I feel very fortunate that I have that option available for those times when riding outdoors is impossible.

I’ve thought about setting a mileage goal for December, but I don’t want to run the risk of riding just to hit a target number. As I said above, it’s the quality of the miles more than anything else. My concern is that if I keep increasing my monthly mileage goal, I might be tempted to let my mountain biking slip in order to rack up road miles. I love road cycling (way more than I thought I would when I took it up a couple months ago!), but mountain biking is still #1. 🙂

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