2014 goals: taking stock of my progress.
With the Horrible Hundred now in the rear view mirror (see “Ride report: 2014 Horrible Hundred” for the details), Century Season has come to a close.
2014 has been an amazing year of cycling, and my strongest year on the bike by a wide margin. While I still have plenty of great rides ahead (including another century or two) and plenty more to accomplish in order to reach my 2014 cycling goals, I think it’s time to ease off the throttle a bit and give myself a chance to recharge before the new year. I’ve got big plans for 2015, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself–2014 is not over yet, and I still have those goals to reach.
– Ride my bike every single day in 2014.
I’ve ridden my bike 321 days in a row (actually 322 days because I rode on December 31, 2013), and have exceeded all my challenge requirements thus far (my guidelines/requirements for the “Ride every day in 2014? challenge can be found here). It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve taken a day off the bike! Over the past year I have had to ride through wrecks, injuries, illness, mechanical issues, bad weather, personal issues, 70+ hour work weeks and days when I simply didn’t feel like riding. It’s definitely not been easy. With just 44 days left in the challenge, short of a serious injury I am not going to let anything stop me from reaching this goal.
– Ride at least 20,000 kilometers (12,428 miles) in 2014.
In order to reach this goal I have to ride an average of 54.795 kilometers (34.049 miles) every single day of the year. So far this year (after 321 days) I’ve ridden 17,771.83 kilometers (11,042.9 miles), which is an average of 55.364 kilometers per day. So I’m ahead of pace, but only by a couple hundred kilometers. This one is far from in the bag, but I’ll get there.
– Ascend at least 360,000 vertical feet (109,728 meters) in 2014.
In order to reach this goal I have to average 986.3 feet (300.624 meters) of vertical every single day of the year. So far this year (after 321 days) I’ve ascended 333,192 feet (101,556.9216 meters), which is an average of 1,037.981 feet per day. I’m ahead of goal pace here, and with just 27,000 feet left to go and 44 days left in which to do it, I’m looking good.
Some have questioned the point of my “Ride every day” challenge. I’ll spell it out very succinctly: because it’s not easy, and forcing yourself to do things that are difficult and uncomfortable makes you stronger. And when I say “stronger” I’m not just talking about just on the bike, I’m talking about as a person.
I’ll be talking much more about my goals for 2015 sometime in December, and I’ve got some big things planned. My goals for 2015 are going to be quite a bit different than my 2014 goals, but no less challenging.