Passing a goal….

After a minor surge in my annual mileage last year, when I bypassed 13,000 miles, I decided to rein back a little this year and have 10,000 miles as my ballpark figure. After all, there is more to do in life than just ride a bike…… (do I hear you mutter ‘heresy’?).

Once over, I thought 10,000 miles would be outside my range. I know several people striving for the same……but here’s a little lesson in life (for me, at least). When you manage to ‘overstep the mark’ and achieve beyond a desired goal (as I did last year), in subsequent years the desired goal becomes strangely achievable…..and with a level of ease.

I was checking my annual mileage for 2015 just today, and discovered I am just 100 miles short of 10,000 miles…..and with a whole month still to go. Take a month off the bike? You have to be kidding……and go kicking tin cans around the village for 4 weeks? The open road still beckons…..and it is insistent.

Today’s ride: a 54km bash just before lunch…..and it helped work up an appetite.27.11.15.png


About Frank Burns

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Posted on November 27, 2015, in Cycling UK, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Ah the joys of figures! Approaching 6,000, but several Everests of climbing as well.

  2. Amazing.

    I would be pushed to cover 3,000 miles on two wheels in a year. I’m not an avid mileage recorder (or mile eater for that matter) but I started using an app on my phone which now accompanies me on most rides – solo and tandem – I started on March 8th and I have 1965 miles over 95 rides, 150 hours at 13.2 average. I didn’t record the mileage at the International Tandem Rally in CZ, my South Downs Way ride or maybe 4 or 5 others, so at best my total would be about 2,200.

    13,000!?? – I would have to fit a sleeping bag and autopilot to achieve anywhere near that.

    I wonder, if when I ‘retire’, I’ll be able to spend more time on the bike. Somehow I doubt it.

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