Ride every day streak is at 701 days, two years at end of month
When I started my “ride every day challenge” all the way back on December 31, 2013, I had no idea it would go on for this long. I’ve now ridden my bike every single day without fail (there are minimum requirements, see below) since beginning the challenge 701 days ago. It’s hard to believe that at the end of this month the streak will reach two years.
For the most part I enjoy riding my bike every day, but there have certainly been times that I had to force myself to ride. A lot happens over two years, and so I’ve done plenty of riding while sick, injured, tired, busy, when it was cold, when it was raining, when it was cold and raining or just simply when I was not in the mood to ride.
There have been no manual entries during the course of this challenge. In other words, I have electronic “proof” of every ride, including route, distance, speed, heart rate, elevation, temperature, cadence and power.
My self-imposed minimum standard for a day to count is 10 miles, but there have only been a small handful of days (4 or 5) when I’ve gone that short. Here are a few stats from the past 701 days:
Total Rides: 718
Total Distance: 24,047.91 miles // Average of 34.31 miles per day
Total Elevation: 793,626 feet // Average of 1,132.13 feet per day
Total Time: 1,213 hours // Average of 1h44m per day
Total Calories Burned: 937,000 calories // Average of 1,336.66 calories per day
Of course I still have to ride every day for the rest of the month to reach the two year mark. Short of a very serious illness, injury or some other sort of sudden life-altering event, I will complete the two years.
A few of you have asked me if I’m going to stop the streak at the end of the year. Heck, some of my friends actually want me to stop. The answer is that I probably won’t break the streak right away, but the chances of completing a third year are next to nil. There are some big changes coming up for me in 2016, and there will likely be times when riding will be impractical, if not impossible. When that day comes–and it will eventually–I’ll be okay with it.
Finally, some have questioned why I’m doing something like this. The simple answer is because it’s not easy, and I like doing things that are not easy. I believe that going outside our comfort zones is how we grow (and I’m not talking about physical growth).
At this late stage in the riding streak a solid argument could be made that riding every day has actually become my new comfort zone. That’s a point worthy of consideration, but I’ll wait until the end of the year to give that serious thought. 🙂