Daily Riding Streak milestone: 500 days; New rear Zipp 404 mounted
Yesterday was a red letter day for me: day 500 in my daily riding streak! Without fail, I’ve now ridden at least once every single day since December 31, 2013. The minimum distance for a ride to count towards this goal is 10 miles (16.09 kilometers), but I’ve exceeded that minimum by quite a large margin. Here are a few numbers:
Riding Streak: 500 days
Total Distance: 16,944.2 miles // 27,269.05 kilometers
Average Daily Distance: 33.89 miles // 54.54 kilometers
Total Elevation: 544,376 feet // 16,5925.80 meters
Average Daily Elevation: 1,088.75 feet // 331.85 meters
Total Riding Time: 866 hours
Average Daily Riding Time: 1h44m
Number of Flat Tires: 23
Estimated Calories Burned: 658,956
Some people wonder why I’m doing this challenge. It’s pretty simple: as much as I love riding, riding every single day without fail takes unwavering discipline and commitment. This ongoing challenge has not been easy, but doing things that are not easy is how we grow and improve. I ride while injured (I was recently hit by a truck while on a training ride, and I also crashed hard on a 2014 Cross-Florida training ride); I ride when I’m sick; I ride when it’s very hot, and I ride when it’s very cold; I ride in the rain; once I rode while very sick in the cold rain (that ride really sucked); during a little over a two week period I rode while enduring stressful 70-80 hour work weeks; I rode with a badly broken toe; I ride while sometimes dealing with very painful saddle sores; I rode when I had to put my best friend of 18 years, Loki, down; I ride in the dark; I ride in the fog; I ride while tired and I ride when I just flat-out don’t feel like riding.
My current goal is to keep my streak alive through the end of the year, but it’s probably going to take something outside of my control to end it.
For my 500th ride in a row, I got to roll on my brand new Zipp 404 Firecrest carbon clincher with the much improved lacing pattern and V9 hub. Also, check out those beautiful new decals (click to enlarge):
I love the look of the new decals! I like the ~2012 decals, which are black with a small white outline (photo), but the new decals smoke the older ones, IMO. The new decals look understated, classy and super stealthy. Depending on the light, sometimes it almost looks as if the logo is cut right out of the wheel. Here’s closeup (click to enlarge):