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Might as well make it official: Going for 2 years.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by  
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April
7
2015

On the very first day of 2015 I was rolling with several hundred other cyclists on the Orange Cycle New Year’s Day ride. As I rode along, I felt especially relaxed, happy and satisfied: I’d successfully accomplished all of my 2014 cycling goals! Of my 2014 cycling goals, the toughest of the bunch was my goal of riding every single day. The minimum number of miles I had to ride for a day to count towards my “ride every day” challenge was 16 kilometers/10 miles, but my actual daily average was 55.2 kilometers/34.3 miles per day.

Anyway, as I rolled along on that beautiful New Year morning, I told my friend Hector that it was going to be tough for me to break the streak. Hector said I should get it over with quick, just like ripping off a Band-Aid, and not ride the following day. That made a lot of sense, and I strongly considered it.

But when I woke up the next day, I really wanted to ride. So, I rode.

And I rode the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. Before I knew it January was behind me, February came and went in a flash and March was a memory.

The last day I didn’t ride my bike was all the way back in 2013. December 30th, to be exact. That puts my riding streak at 462 days, and over those 462 days I’ve ridden 25,201 kilometers (15,659 miles).

2So yesterday I started thinking about the challenge, and decided that today I was going to do one of two things: stop, or commit to another full year.

I thought about the times I forced myself to ride even when I didn’t feel like it, and how I was almost always glad that I did. I thought about how this challenge has forced me to do something that takes dedication, commitment and going outside my comfort zone. I thought about how young riding makes me feel. I thought about all the cool things I’ve seen from my saddle, and all the awesome experiences I’ve had on my bike. I thought about the great people I’ve met because of cycling. I thought about that killer post-ride glow that almost always follows a good ride…

All of those things were bouncing around in my head as I contemplated my decision, but what stood out the most was this: I love riding my bike. That’s it. Simple as that. If anything, my love affair with cycling has grown stronger over the past year.

I’m going to go for a second year. That’s 731 days in a row, starting December 31, 2013.

Oh, I hear your gears turning. I’ll go ahead and address it right now. If I go for two years, why not make it an even 1,000 days? Of course if I ride 1,000 days straight, how could I not go ahead and do 3 full years?

When climbing, a great technique to help make the climb more manageable is to divide the ascent into reasonably sized chunks and focus on each section. I’m not dodging the question, I’m climbing.

John Stone Fitness Comments

6 Responses to “Might as well make it official: Going for 2 years.”
  1. For years I’ve been following your progress John and feel like I know you remarkably well while you know nothing about me beyond random hits on your site from Alberta. Your posts have been influential in my own progress over the years and while I lack the devotion and commitment and frankly the ongoing discipline you possess I marvel at your perseverance, dedication and ever present positive attitude.

    I’ve had my share of ups and downs over the 6+ years I’ve been reading your blog, sometimes when on the wagon with daily focus, other times when off the wagon with less. I’ve followed your journey through intense bodybuilding efforts with similar efforts and not quite so similar results, your cycling endeavors with similar zest and passion with much more aligned results albeit with far less total km, but this particular post has resonated with me the most of everything I’ve seen you post.

    You’re an amazing inspiration to all who follow you, you set an objective and achieve it with almost unfailing results and I commend you for your ever present never ending ascent. It’s fun to watch, fun to read, and makes me want to be a better version of me.

    Thank you for sharing yourself with so many of us and teaching us so much about you, and about ourselves.

    Jeremy

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    • Thank you Jeremy, that means a lot. I truly appreciate your heartfelt words and positive feedback. While I’m not always going to be successful, I promise to keep giving it my all and to never give up.

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