Well… Good intentions pave a road somewhere… and they tend to be more like a really crappy version of chip seal. I intended to ride and break the 200 mile mark. Didn’t make it. I did ride everyday though:
I broke my preferred mileage machine and am expecting it back from the shop on Thursday.
I am not sure how I feel about the #30daysofbiking thing right this moment as I am really feeling a couple of strong emotions.
Strong emotion – RELIEF – I finished. I rode every day, albeit not very far a few days, but I did ride. This is better than I did last year.
Strong emotion – BUMMED OUT – I missed every other measurable indicator that I set for myself to deem the month a success. So I showed up, but does it really matter?
I would have to say, after sitting here and looking at those last couple of sentences for WAY to long, I guess showing up is a pretty powerful measure of success. Had I not, I would not have COMPLETED the 30 days of biking challenge. That would have been a failure. Missing the other marks is not necessarily failure. For the most part I would say I did my best, because certain days, getting my bike out of the garage was a huge win.
I had weight goals, I had distance goals, I had time goals, I had segment goals and all of those ended up eluding me. I guess I could get mad, but as I consider each of them I have noticed that I consistently missed them by roughly the same percentage and so I wonder if I may have miscalculated my own abilities and time availability. Perhaps I should have taken a little more time at the onset to determine a true and accurate baseline for each of the areas I measured.
I learned a few things. The goals be darned. I have a sense of myself as a bicyclist and I can now be more certain that any future goals I set for myself are based on reality and a good working knowledge of my fitness and abilities. As I improve from this point, it should be easier to set and adjust goals.
So, whats next? I’m going to keep riding. I hope to be able to complete a Century ride at the beginning of June which, at this time, still seems fairly ambitious. Most century training programs take six to eight weeks and I have four. If I am not 100% confident in being able to complete the century, I’ll do the half and continue training for a century in August.
I’ll keep blogging here. I will probably go into some other things of interest to me, but I invite you to continue reading and I’d love it if you would participate. MatFam and Amy are both getting top commentor honors right now. I’d offer a prize but there are no prizes so you get my gratitude for the time being. I might do a book giveaway though, so look for that sometime soon.
Overall, I’m pretty happy about the #30daysofbiking and I hope next year a few more of you will consider joining me in the challenge.
Thanks for reading so far, and I hope you’ll stick around.
Keep on riding.