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My minimum standards for the 2014 “ride every day” challenge.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by  
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“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”

        — Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx, 1972, Paris-Roubaix

Eddy Merckx, 1972, Paris-Roubaix

That’s a fantastic quote from one of the true legends of cycling. In fact, when I decided to make riding every single day in 2014 a goal of mine, that quote was in the back of my mind.

Perhaps that’s why I never laid out any specific ground rules as to what constitutes “a ride”. Is riding down the street and back good enough to satisfy the requirements of my challenge? Of course not–at least not as far as I’m concerned.

So, if riding down the street isn’t good enough to satisfy my requirement, then what, exactly, is? My friend Roger Sutton asked me this question yesterday on Strava, and I’m glad that he did.

As dozens of daily rides transitioned into an unbroken string of hundreds of daily rides, somewhere along the line I formulated a minimum standard for what actually counts as “a ride”. I never published those standards here on JSF, and so today I’m going to do that.

  • Ride my bike at least once every single day in 2014.
  • The bare minimum for a ride, or rides, to count is 10 miles/16.1 kilometers (I’ve not gone that short on any day so far this year).
  • Multiple rides on the same day that total in excess of 10 miles/16.1 kilometers would be satisfactory (I would have to be pretty sick or injured for such a low daily total).
  • At the end of the year average a minimum of 30 miles/48.3 kilometers per day.
  • Indoor trainer rides (in excess of 10 miles) count.

I should note that my revised 2014 distance goal is 20,000 kilometers/12,427 miles (recently doubled from my initial 2014 goal of 10,000 km), so the above “30 miles/48.3 km per day” minimum is a bit of a contradiction. Realistically I won’t be satisfied unless I wind up with 20,000 kilometers in 2014, and that’s an average of 34.05 miles/54.8 kilometers per day. As of yesterday (237 days into 2014) I’m ahead of my goal pace, having ridden an average of 55.0759 kilometers/34.226 miles per day (total of 8,110.5 miles/13,052.5845 kilometers).

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One Response to “My minimum standards for the 2014 “ride every day” challenge.”
  1. Inspiring quote by Eddy. The greatest ever – so far. Five wins for the Tour de France, five wins for the Giro, and won both in three separate years. The list goes on and one — and one leg was a centimeter shorter than the other.

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