Saturday, November 23, 2013

2400km in Edmonton

Edmonton from the High Level Bridge at 2400km Hit 2400km mark tonight on Edmonton's High Level Bridge.  Brought a flood of thoughts.  It was in Edmonton that I first started tracking my km per year.  My best Edmonton year (in the 90s) was 2500km, so 2400 km in Nov would have felt great back then.

Now have 7 days to do 190 km to hit the original goal of 2600km by the end of Nov.  As I'v averaged 200km/month for most of the year that will be a stretch.  Need to do just over 27 km a day, for seven days strait.  Right now biking to Heritage and taking the train to work and then biking home makes just over 27km a day.  So it's possible.

If I make 160km this week then I've made up half of the 60km I was behind from Oct.  Also means I've done 430km in Nov and if I do the same in Dec then I'll hit 3000km for 2013.

130 km means I make my goal of doing 400km in Nov, but still need to make up the entire 60 in Dec, that would be tough.

That's what I'm thinking.   Next update at 2500km.

- Peace

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2300km done, 35km short of 2400km

Evergreen Lights at 2300kmThe good news is that I hit the 2300km mark on Friday before the big snowstorm.

 The bad news is that the plan had me hitting 2400km tonight, and I'm 35km short of that goal.

 Most of that would be from not riding Monday as it was colder than predicted and I couldn't find the gear to keep me warm in time to ride. 

Heading to Edmonton after work tomorrow, will see how much riding I can get done while visiting family and friends.

 - Peace

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2200km: 60km short, 11 days late & 1 broken crank

Langevin Bridge at 2200kmHit the 2200km mark on Monday.  For those keeping score, I wanted to hit 2200 before the end of Oct.   Didn't happen.

My shoulder was bothering me after Not Exactly Goat Creek, leaving me 60km short at the end of Oct.

Returned from San Francisco to all out winter conditions here in Calgary.  Commuter bike wasn't winterized yet, did get a few KM with the mountain bike, but it was a slow start to Nov.

Got the bike winterized and started to make good progress, when I wiped out while heading towards FishCreek park.  One good thing about biking in snow is that wipe outs can be gentler than on pavement.  No damage to me, but managed to destroy my left crank.

Walked the bike to Pedal Head, called Kim to pick me up.  Went home to get the mountain bike and headed into work (taking the bike on the train most of the way, was running way too late).  Headed out after work to get the final few km to make 2200km before taking the train home.

Now there are two voices in my head, one says I can still make 2600km by the end of Nov and 3000km by the end of the year.  The other says I could be happy with making 2600km by the end of the year, as that would be 100km over last year.

For the optimistic voice to win, I'll need weather, bike, health and self discipline to stay in alignment.  I'll need to hit 2300km by tomorrow (Friday the 15th)  , 2400 by Wed the 20th, 2500 by Tue the 26th & 2600km on Sat the 30th.

Good news is I'm on track to hit 2300km by tomorrow.  Thanks to PedalHead for getting the bike back to me in <48 hours.  We'll see how long I can keep up this pace.

- Peace