Increase your annual mileage: lap 1
So you want to increase your annual mileage? Or even just to start riding your bike more? One thing is for certain, neither of these two objectives will happen by accident. Even if you come up with a personal pledge that you will ride your bike more, if you are
realistic, you know it’s not going to happen……unless, of course, you are S.M.A.R.T. about it. So, let’s get the pseudo-business, jargon-laden, bottom-line focused terminology out of the way……..and make it simple.
Be Specific about what you want to achieve, have a reliable way of Measuring it, Assign yourself (ie commit) to the task, make it Realistic, and put a Time limit on it. Does this sound like a fancy way of making a New Year’s resolution? Dead right……..the only difference being that you’re not going to ditch the project before the end of January (as most people do with their resolutions).
So, where do you start? What is a realistic and achievable goal? Well, only you can decide that. But here are a few markers to help you:
1. what kind of daily/weekly mileage are you doing already?
2. do you have time/energy to increase those numbers? If so, by how much?
3. where will you find the extra time? Will you ride solo or with others?
4. can cycling enter into some of your weekly commuting arrangements?
You can now begin to make some tentative calculations. It is psychologically easier to think in terms of percentage increases rather than specific mileage increases. In other words, on top of whatever you are achieving now, can you increase it by 10%? Or even 20%?
In the following posts, I will make some suggestions on how you can ‘steal time’ from a busy schedule, and how you can add those extra miles without too much impact on your timetable.
Some of my suggestions will be debatable, even contentious……so watch this space.