Goals for 2012

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julieb
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Working toward 2000 miles by end of the “nice weather” riding season. 306 miles shy. Weight? Yeah, right there with helen s. it’s all relative.


StuInMcCandless
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Eight months in, time for a report card. Working from my original post:

1. Once a week, bike somewhere: Check.

2. Contacting officials: Nope. (Unless commenting on P-G stories counts.)

3. Building owners: Maybe twice, but not eight.

4. Group rides: Check.

5. Getting others to ride: I know of five I’ve helped roll at least somewhat regularly, so, Check.

6. Log miles: Check.

7. 1,000 miles: Check, August 22. (Last year, it was October.)

8. All bikes ridable: Mainly check.

9. Car bike racks: The new car got one, still trying to get rid of the old one.

10. Growler: Nope.

So far, so good. I need to get off my duff about contacting building owners and elected officials.


Ahlir
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I didn’t post any goals near the start of this thread, but I did end up working with a few:

1) Get back on the bike. Done. Though I had to buy a new one (the previous one got stolen out of the garage, sigh).

2) Get up to my previous level of riding. Not so good: I managed only about 200mi in the last month. On the plus side, my leg muscles had faded much less that I thought they would. Hills mean lower gears though. Anyway, a couple of years ago my goal was 70mi/week, which drifted up to 100mi/week. This year: 1k by the end of December.

3) Continue re-riding the town. So far I’ve been amazed at how much things have changed. New building have popped up, old ones have disappeared. Potholes have moved around… Also, way more people on bikes.

4) Figure out some new rides. For example, can you get from town to McKeesport along the north shore of the Mon, without wandering inland? As near as I can tell once you’re past Braddock it’s all rail yards; but on Google Maps they seem to have these access roads…

5) Learn to slow down. What’s the rush, anyway?


edmonds59
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So Stu – have you gotten that growler yet?? That’s really the only one that matters. Time’s running out.


mr marvelous
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Believe it or not I have reached my goal for 2012! I have started a Wellness blog,Wellness Facebook page, Wellness twitter account, and Wellness instagram. I am working on my Personal Trainer Certification and learning how to build a web site. All of this was inspired by riding bikes with all of you.


edmonds59
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Holy cow mr marv that’s awesome!


mr marvelous
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^Thanks! I’m hard at work on it as we speak.


stefb
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Well my year didn’t turn out the way I thought it would have. I have done at least 10 century+s and only set the goal of doing one. I didn’t even set the goals of doing the DD and CtC, but I did them. I don’t know that I am eating less carbs, but I am eating more veggies. We should start a 2013 goals thread.


mr marvelous
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@stef doing the DD and CtC are awesom accomplishments.


stefb
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Thanks! I look forward to what you’re doing next year, marv


mr marvelous
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:D


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sorry – CtC?


cburch
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Crush the Commonwealth


Anonymous #

Well, wasn’t on the boards here for most of the year, but one goal I had in mind after about mid 2012 was to shorten my commute (was going squirrel hill past Robinson and sitting in traffic was making me miserable).

Was picky about the next job so it took 4 months, but mission accomplished. Then, once I had my new commute, my mission was to make a go of bike commuting, mission accomplished there.

Right now, my goal is to miss no more than 10 days bike commuting this winter. Haven’t been seriously tempted yet but conditions haven’t gotten interesting yet either.

I know the worst of that is January, so obviously not a purely 2012 goal, but I’ll fudge it slightly and measure relative to birthday (mid February). So that’s what I’m keeping in my mind till the end of the year… it’s a good thing, keep it going, keep it going, no, you’re not cold, you’re just not working hard enough. That sort of thing.


Anonymous #

hmm, well let’s see.

rode 1000 miles: check (broke 2900 today)

left the house more: check

lost some weight: check (no clue how much, but i’m 6 holes further into my belt.)

made some new friends: check

random stuff:

rode my first century (dam you Stef)

had a crash with a bone break (right upper radial head fracture)

found an awesome new place for a great burger (OTB)

bring on the apocoly… err 2013


cburch
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My goal to see the Hobbit as soon as I possibly could has been achieved. I can now call this year a success.


edmonds59
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Hey, Stu, I didn’t see a response when I asked before – did you ever get that growler???


StuInMcCandless
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Nope. Long story.


edmonds59
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Next question. Will you be working downtown tomorrow and/or Friday?


StuInMcCandless
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Yep. Both.


edmonds59
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Next question. Will you be able to transport a 6 lb+- liquid filled glass cylinder from town to your home? Assuming adequate packaging?


StuInMcCandless
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I think so. Today, I may leave the bike in town & bus home anyway, depending on how hard it’s raining, but bike or foot, it’d travel on my back more likely than on the bike.

TIA!!


mr marvelous
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Reading back through this thread one of my goals that I forgot about was to participate in every Flock ride. I guess I more than accomplished that goal. Who knew?


Andrew
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Well I never posted in this last year but I did do two goals I set for myself.

1)Bike 100 miles in a day (Done in October)

2)Climbed my biggest hill to date (Biked up Spruce Knob in June)


Anonymous #

I don’t know if Vannevar posted his goals here or not, but I wanted to congratulate him for hitting his mileage goal for the year. He’s now over 7,000 miles. Very cool.

Congratulations, VB!!!


Pseudacris
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7K, impressive!


Vannevar
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Thank you both, it’s due to having good friends to ride with. Maybe eight next year. :)


StuInMcCandless
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And I thought hitting 1,600 was doing well. Seriously, that’s impressive!


stefb
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Congrats on 7k!


Vannevar
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Thanks very much, I do appreciate it. It’s my first year of retirement so I’m in a different time situation than most folks. StefB, I believe I read that you’re at 6100-ish and working, that’s much more impressive, my compliments.


Anonymous #

Hm, I was closer to Stu goals. Before 2011 I did around 800 miles and I was happy. This year I was planning to ride 1,600. I ended up with a little bit more than 2,500. Next year probably 3,000?

Congrats to Vannevar and Stef and everybody else! MC!


StuInMcCandless
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Top for 2019.


StuInMcCandless
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No bites? Well, it’s 10:47 p.m. on NYE, so I’ll put some down here myself. I won’t refer back to my first post, but start over. (Though it was fun to re-read this entire thread!)

1. I know I am riding less than I was, since I work from home a lot, and often don’t leave the house for days in a row. So a good goal would be to have at least one purposeful ride per week, somewhere.

2. The biggest problem with traveling downtown is poor to non-existent bike parking in downtown buildings. Steel Tower has only 16 slots for a population of several thousand workers, 2 PNC doesn’t have a single indoor rack for a 34-story building. Trying to get any of this rectified would be wonderful.

3. Toward riding in traffic, trying again to get local cops to be able to use radar for speed control.

4. Toward driver licensing, trying to require better driver education through implementing a written test at each license renewal. I don’t care if we hand them the answer key along with the test, so long as they pick the right answer and sign their name to it.

5. Toward my own situation, improve my indoor storage space and set up space for the bike stand I got for my birthday.

6. Clean out the trash. I have about 10 bikes I either don’t ride or can’t ride. I need the space, and frankly most are little better than scrap, or are clearly scrap.

7. Continue participation in Walk//Bike Ross and Bike-Pgh to further the cause of cycling on a community basis.

8. Similarly, set up or assist someone else with setting up a McCandless equivalent to Walk//Bike Ross. I have ideas for defining a set of on-street paths for getting from one place to another within McCandless without having to deal with its high-capacity, high-speed stroads.

9. Ride my 29″ unicycle in group rides. It worked really well on the one Underwear Ride.

10. Finally properly resolve my Rule 9 problem. I’ve never found rain gear I like that actually works.

That’s enough for a half hour of thinking. Howzbout yinz?


paulheckbert
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Maybe this belongs in another thread, but if you need good cycling raingear, Stu, my favorite is the cheap cycling poncho I bought in Beijing. The long front drapes over the handlebars, keeping your hands dry and warmer, and also keeps your legs and feet from getting rained on. Here’s a similar model I found with a search for {chinese cycling poncho}: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Outdoor-waterproof-thick-impermeable-windproof-breathable-Cycling-poncho-fashion-bicycle-rain-coats-with-handbag/32912035909.html

One disadvantage of this design: in strong wind, you’re a sail.


Ornoth
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A bit out of context, excerpted from my 2018 cycling year in review blogpost:

My primary goal for next year is simply this: to finally get beyond the malaise of 2018, to ride more, and get back to peak fitness this summer.

That’ll be aided by my secondary goal for 2019: spending the winter riding Zwift on the trainer, allowing me to enter the road season at a high level of fitness, and monitoring that by performing regular FTP tests throughout the year.

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