Normally, I set myself a cycling target for the year. A specific mileage. It helps motivate me to cycle more often. However, this year, I’m setting cycling and running targets. Go me.
I started running more back in 2014 and I’m enjoying it a lot at the moment. So, it makes sense to add that into my targets for this year. Clearly, cycling and running targets are a bigger fitness challenge but it’s achievable I’m certain.
For 2016, these are my targets:
- Cycling: 1200 miles.
- Running: 750 miles and complete a half-marathon.
Most years, I break my cycling target down month-by-month. For example, 100 miles a month just makes more sense than the yearly total. But, this time I’m setting weekly totals on Strava. This means 15 miles/week running and 24 miles/week cycling. That doesn’t sound very much does it?!
So far, it seems to be working well. Strava provides a useful graphic with progress against weekly and yearly targets on my page. And, hovering my mouse over the yearly progress bars gives a tooltip that says “xxx miles ahead/behind target”. It’s a nice indicator of how I’m doing.
I’m ~100 miles behind on my cycling at the moment but that’s normal. I cycle less in the winter months and increase my distances in spring and summer. I’m just about on target with my running so that’s good.
All in all, I’m liking my new yearly targets and the weekly totals make them feel more achievable. Yay!