Over the last few years, I’ve set myself a cycling target of 1200 miles for each year. I know that 1200 miles isn’t a massive distance by club cycling standards but the target is primarily for self-motivation and it’s really helped “drag” me out on my bike. Great stuff!
I normally hit the target in December each year but I’ve already reached 1300 miles this year…. and it’s not even November yet! I don’t know what’s come over me 😉
This year, I’ve cycled a couple of long weekend rides (similar to the last two years) with a group of friends but I missed the 100 mile Saturday ride that I normally do. So, how have I reached 1300 miles?
Looking back at my mileages each month, there are two months of the year where I’ve done a lot more cycling. Firstly, I took part in 30 Days of Biking in April which meant I covered over 200 miles that month. Secondly, I cycled 405 miles in June, which culminated in Two Days Cycling in the Chilterns (160 miles). In the three weeks before the Chilterns trip, I cycled three training rides between 50 and 75 miles and together with my ‘normal’ cycling, that’s how the 405 miles was reached.
So, April and June really boosted my mileages. In particular, the 30 Days of Biking thing in April really kick-started my cycling year, even though I was only cycling a few miles each day. So, if you get the chance, I really recommend a month where you cycle every day!
As for next year, I guess I need to start thinking about a target for that now….