Goals for 2013
The “Goals for 2012” thread was very interesting and I didn’t see a thread for 2013, so I thought I’d kick it off.
Bike-related Goals for 2013 for me:
1. Beat my 2012 biking mileage. 1808 miles through today.
2. Improve my cardio fitness
3. Try some DD hills
4. Improve my bike mechanic skills (which means develop some from scratch…)
5. Bike while traveling. In 2012, I rode in Oregon and Slovakia. I have a couple of ideas for trips.
6. Try Mountain Biking. I’ve done it once but I’d like to try it again.
1 Keep riding
1A avoid overuse or bad-judgment injuries
1B avoid other-caused injuries (hit by driver etc)
2 Increase my 2012 mileage by 15%
3 More intermediate distance rides instead of 20-mile rides
4 More low-(schedule-family-budget)-impact S24O or S48O overnights instead of 1 or 2 blockbuster epics
5 Knock off two bucket-list items from among (Natchez Trace, Katy Trail, Chesapeake Bay)
6 I really want to ride with the Major Taylor folks and I didn’t make it happen this year, it’s a goal for 2013.
7 not dying
1) complete a randos series, including the 1240k endless mountains. Yikes.
2) CtC single speed
3) Dirty Dozen or at least marshal it (which means I would basically be doing it)
4) improve my bike mechanic skills
5) ride more than this year (I have 6100ish since Feb)
6) do more cross country rides
7) lose maybe 5lbs? (Though my body seems to be happy where it is)
at least watch a cross race if not participate in one
@Vannevar: Hopefully you will make #6 happen soon! Those are my favorite rides. You still have time in 2012! There is a ride scheduled for 12/22 starting at noon from 885 Progress Ave (North end of the 16th st bridge). The weather is supposed to be bad so I may not make that. I think there will be a ride on NY Eve too. Hope to see you soon!
My goals aren’t as lofty as I’d like, but hopefully that makes them more realistic.
1) Ride at least one day each week for the entire year.
2) Commute every day for a week on a bike. Now try to do it as many times as possible in 2013.
3) Eat better on the weekends. Just because it’s Saturday doesn’t mean it’s OK to eat meat and potatoes and beer all day.
4) Explore and take more alternate routes to/from work.
*Do more group rides
*Throw another alleycat
*Ride to DC again, 2 to 3 Days, Travel Ultra-lite
*One ultracross race (I did both the hilly bill roubaix, iron cross this year)
*Do more cyclocross racing (did 3 days of races this year)
*Do a mountain bike race
*Build a wheel from scratch (or at least take one apart and put it back together)
*Ride the rollers at least once a week during the winter.
*Eat immediately after a hard ride so I don’t crash.
*Be more frugal with my bike related expenses, buy quality for the long term.
Oh I forgot I want to do the HBR also.
And more alleycats. They are so fun!
The team decaf rides are great if you can’t make Wednesday night rides with the major Taylors, which is usually the case for me.
I think I had a good list for 2012, so I’ll work from that.
1. Once a week all year, ride someplace purposeful. I did pretty well at this in 2012.
2. At least once a month, contact one elected official about bike safety, bike advocacy, street design, racks, whatever. (I sucked at this one this past year.)
3. At least once a month, contact one business or building owner about improving bike infrastructure — racks, security, etc. (See #2 on my 2012 success measure.)
4. At least once a month, go on a group ride, or marshal one.
5. At least once a month, get someone new seriously interested in transportation cycling.
6. Rid my house of junk so I can set up an indoor work area to keep bikes fixed.
7. Exceed my mileage from this year, roughly 1,600 miles so far.
8. Replace dead bikes. Keep them all running.
9. Equip all road bikes with tools and a patch kit so I don’t get stranded.
10. At least monthly, do something social and bike related, other than just a group ride. It’s too easy for me to just ride & type (not at the same time, of course).
Wow! Most of you have goals that are way to ambitious for me! I think I might have to use Pinky’s goals as a basis for my own. So here goes:
1) Ride at least one day each week for the entire year.
2) Commute every day for a week on a bike, assuming knees permit. Now try to do it as many times as possible in 2013.
3) Eat better on weekdays. Just because there is more work than time doesn’t make it ok to eat lunch/snacks from the vending machine.
4) Earn any beer that I drink. Work it OFF before I imbibe. It’s too easy to put off the post indulgence work out.
4) Explore and take more alternate routes to/from work.
5) Take a bike class or course. My skills are rudimentary or best, and could be improved.
6) Divest myself of excess bike gear, and what I keep, maintain in good repair.
StefB, major props, 6100ish is killer mileage for somebody who’s not retired yet
Stu, kudos for considering the newb-mentoring aspect
SEW, thanks for the word, I’m going to be there if the wx permits.
Anonymous 12/17/2012 at 4:20pm #
1) Keep bike commuting regularly (goal measured more per winter than per year, but no more than 10 days skipping).
2) Get a carrier for the younger kids so I can bike on errands with them. Make it PAINFULLY visible from all angles under all conditions (“artistic” ideas appreciated).
3) Make some outdoor structure to shelter bike + biking stuff so I bike for more ad-hoc trips (currently drag out of basement, harder to work up motivation). Inexpensive ideas appreciated.
4) Be in good enough shape for next year to join the DD training rides (regrettably, DD itself is on a Saturday so no dice for me).
5) Start or get on board with some Saturday night or Sunday rides (pointers anyone?). Need to burn off some of the shabbos indulgence.
6) Bring up next year’s bike participation in the Chanukah parade (my goal is 25-50 bicyclists depending on weather). Have a HUGE menorah next year attached to carrier for humor value / recruiting.
1) Commute at least 120 times in 2013. I was just under 100 in 2012. I aim for 3X week, but sometimes travel gets in the way. I’ve gotten better at dealing with weather.
2) Ride the Dirty Dozen
3) Complete 5 centuries
4) Eat better
5) Steal #10 from Stu: At least monthly, do something social and bike related, other than just a group ride. It’s too easy for me to just ride & type (not at the same time, of course).
@byogman – I was at IKEA over the weekend, and found really nice looking safety vests in a child’s version. Not the plastic mesh you see so often, but a softer woven material. High Vis, as you can see from the photo. They were priced at less than $5. They might be too big for really little kids, but might work over a jacket. Or could be modified to fit over the kiddie seat, etc.
Note that I am NOT trying to steal business or interest from Fiks…. I totally support Nick’s product line and business model. But, he doesn’t make the range of kid sizes that I sense Byogman needs.
byogman- there was a guy on the DD training rides who was out of town on the day of. About two weeks before the event, we did as many hills as we wanted to, meaning we did all of them, so there will be a chance to ride all of them right beforehand.
1) Ride more dammit
2) Lose 25 pounds, preferably by riding
3) See #1
4) At least one MS 150 ride (did one in 2011, did zero in 2012)
Anonymous 12/17/2012 at 8:04pm #
1.) ride a bit
2.) ride some more
3.) somethign to do with riding.
4.) Drink a smoothie.
Every summer I do a 2 1/4 mile swim race. The last three summers have all been personal best times. Pretty impressive at my age. Or at least I impress myself. I hope to do better this year.
Play more music in public. (Got one gig scheduled)
Swim the Mackinac straits (um… I haven’t been keeping with the program for this, so I might have alredy missed the boat).
Do another bike trip – perhaps another round trip to DC – maybe this time coming back through Gettysburg and Rt S instead of the C&O. Maybe go to Erie with the MS 150 and bike back. It puzzles me and leaves me uneasy when people take a “bike trip” and msot of the distance is done by motorized transport.
Mick, last year they introduced a loop option to the escape to the lake ride. Day 1 everyone rides to edinborough. Day 2 the loop riders ride back to zelienople and the rest go to conneaut oh and swim in the lake.
Also Jim Logan does a return ride, I think. At least he used to.
(1) Ride more. I should make it to 1500 this year, but i’m still kinda disappointed. (Who knew having a short commute could be a disadvantage?)
(2) Ride with people more. Flock is awesome, but I also want to just ride with a handful of people. I’d also like to do it more than once a month…
(3) Ride more places. Almost all my rides are within the city, especially on the river flats and the Oakland/Shadyside plateau. I’ve been here 7+ years, it’s time to start exploring…
(4) Ride more hills. Kirkpatrick, Stanton, and the rest of Herron (I already can and have made it as far as Brereton) are the specific goals of mine.
Continuing from the success I had completing all of my goals of 2012. My 2013 goals are:
1. Continue to work on my Wellness blog and Wellness Facebook site.
2. Complete my personal trainer certification in NCCPT and ACE.
3. Finish my college degree in OT
4. Increase yearly milage from 6,000 to 10,000 or more.
5. Keep up with the lead group on the Tuesday Decaf rides
6. Become a nicer person
7. Get more involved in the community
8. Continue to improve my fitness level and health
9. Reduce my use of my car by 80%
10.Continue to let my wife and daughter know that they are the most loved, special, cared for, and respected ladies in the world.
Also those are just basic goals.
I cant forget one last goal
11. Help Flock to continue into an even more awesome ride
Anonymous 12/18/2012 at 1:38am #
Marcel, I want to be as good a person as you are when I grow up.
-I got much more comfortable with hills this year. By the end of next year I want Greenfield to feel relatively easy for me (a pipsqueak goal compared to some, but hey, it’s MY pipsqueak goal ).
-Solve my ongoing how-to-commute-to-Oakmont-without-riding-the-Freeport-4-lane-section,-ARB,-or-those-tiny-narrow-roads-in-Penn-Hills dilemma. Failing that, initiate nasty but exhilarating Oakmont and Verona hill climb lunch breaks.
-Learn at least something about the mechanical workings of my ride. Right now in my head it’s basically a magical griffin upon which I climb when I want to glide around the city.
-Continue to get more involved in all the bikey doings near and far.
-Oh, and figure out whether I should move to clipless pedals to take the next step forward.
@mm 5. Keep up with the lead group on the Tuesday Decaf rides
Hahaa – yeah, I’d like to keep up with the lead group too.
Ha Joanne, you summed up my feelings with this:
Right now in my head it’s basically a magical griffin upon which I climb when I want to glide around the city.
Anonymous 12/18/2012 at 1:25pm #
griffons are cool.
5) Reminded by another thread: be more zen when confronted by angry drivers.
I think I’ve come a long way on this one in 2012, but there is always room for my own attitude improvement.
-Work on my nutrition (eating more whole foods, more veggies/fruits, etc…)
-Do more yoga, stretching, and lifting
-Crush the Commonwealth
-Racing my first 1/2 Marathon
-Racing a couple 70.3 Ironman Races
-Do a couple CX races
-Race most of the local road races and crits (including the oval)
-Make sure that racing is still done because its fun!
Oh and most importantly *move somewhere warmer year-around*
Anonymous 12/18/2012 at 3:07pm #
2. Don’t keep the butt ointment in the same drawer in the bathroom with the toothpaste.
Reading these goals reminds me what is great
about riding bikes. It really allows people
to have individual goals that they can pursue
and obtain. These goals are relative to
themselves and provide a great feeling of
accomplishment… and can be pushed yearly if
Wow my goals are pretty small in comparison:
I have both an open water swim and a triathlon “A race” on deck.
I plan to make as many of the 200k rando rides as possible.
Do more recreational riding with my kid (he is distance-curious).
On! I forgot!
I still have “come in DFL in the “Search for Monongy” swimming race in the Allegheny on my list!
I’m willing to sing obscene songs while doing backstroke if I have to!
take the bus only once per month or less (barring mechanical issues)
Bike to cleveland
@joanne — “Right now in my head it’s basically a magical griffin upon which I climb when I want to glide around the city.”
OT, but I think that sentence is pretty magical itself. What a beautiful piece of writing.
I’ve been toying with the idea of giving a name to the LHT I bought this past summer, but since I’m lousy at this sort of thing, I’ve always drawn a blank. I knew it would be something unusual because the way my mind works with these kind of things. If I decide to do it, you have given me the name — Griffin.
Anonymous 12/21/2012 at 3:36am #
^Aw, thanks. Griffin–I love it.
goals for 2013
Ride Bike More
Ride more than 1000 Miles
Ride up 18th St
Go on 7 flock rides
Organize my own ride
Longer answer with more explanation
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