It looks like the first of my major 2014 cycling goals may fall today: my elevation goal!
My elevation goal for 2014 is 360,000 feet of vertical, which is about three times as much elevation than I’ve ever ascended before in a single year (I had a little over 121,000 feet of elevation in 2013). As of yesterday my elevation total for 2014 is 357,441 feet, so I’m very close. Today’s ~73 mile/117 kilometer group ride is taking us south to the hills of Clermont. I’ve ridden this particular route several times before, and so I know my elevation total will be somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 feet. If the elevation goal isn’t reached today, it will definitely be reached tomorrow.
I’m glad I’m reaching this goal early. Earlier this year the OCD side of my brain (that’s the dominant side, by the way), began to question why I didn’t set 365,000 feet as my elevation goal. The goal of averaging 1,000 feet per day over the entire year is just such a nice, round number. 🙂 Oh well, it’s looking like that will be moot, as I’ll certainly be well over 365,000 feet before the end of the year. In fact, I’ll probably be so close to 400,000 feet that my brain will start itching…
My distance goal of 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) is going to be close, but I’m determined to get there before we ring in the New Year! As of yesterday I’m just barely ahead of pace, having ridden an average of 55.106 kilometers (34.343 miles) per day so far in 2014 (338 days). I need to average 54.795 kilometers (34.047 miles) per day, so I’m right in there. Today’s ~73+ mile ride will help, and next weekend I’ve got a 100 mile/161 kilometer ride that will provide a nice boost to my total.
Of course the other big goal (ride every day in 2014), can’t be reached early, but it’s very nice to be on the home stretch! At this stage of the game it would take a serious injury or illness to keep me from reaching that goal.
I still have not decided on my cycling goals for 2015, but I do know they will not be centered around distance, elevation or riding every day (been there/done that!) I still expect to put up some solid numbers in all of those departments, but I want to give myself a little more freedom in 2015. While I do not regret any of the goals I’ve been working towards this year (they have made me stronger in just about every way), I have occasionally felt a little boxed in by them. Of course I knew that would happen going in. Goals probably shouldn’t be easy or comfortable, otherwise what’s the point?