2014 Coming into Focus

Each year at this time I start correlating the miles I cycled over the year and begin to formulate plans for the following year.  Unfortunately this year I fell considerably short in the mileage due to a nagging injury that appears to finally be on a path to recovery thanks to an aggressive physical therapy treatment plan.  Each year I set my sights on more challenging goals then the year before and 2014 is no different.  If my calculations are correct, I was only able to accomplish 50% of my targeted mileage for the 2013 riding season with just over 2,400 miles ridden.  While the 2014 riding plan is starting to come into focus, I remain somewhat hesitant to set my goals too high…ah what the heck it’s not as much fun if you limit yourself right ?

For the 2014 riding season I plan to participate in longer events including 24hrs of Booty both in Charlotte and Columbia.  My goals for both of the events will be to finally break the 200 + mileage barrier, possibly even getting closer to the 300 miles barrier.  In addition there will be many local rides in which I will participate in that will hopefully better prepare for my ultimate 2014 goal of completing in my 1st double Century.  In addition, I hope to continue my annual participation in the 100 Miles of Nowhere Fat Cyclists Challenge, only in 2014 I don’t plan on doing this one on a ¼ mile loop as the 2013 Miles of Nowhere was just too painful of an event to repeat.

If you have been keeping up with my posts you know that the real plan for 2014 will be to continue to promote the efforts of Cyclists4ACause and help to bring to light the work local organizations are doing in the fight against cancer.   One theme, of the many, for 2014 is “Recognize the local organizations and support groups that are Taking the Fight To Cancer”. In addition, I hope to expand the concept that cyclists coming together as a group can indeed make a difference.

While 2014 promises to be a challenging year, it all kicks off on 1 January with the annual New Year’s Day ride in what promises to be a cold and possibly even bone chilling event if recent forecasts are any measure of predictability.  However I can’t think of a more fitting way to ring in the New Year than with a 20+miler (weather permitting).

As we approach the holiday season I thought it might be a prudent to put cycling into perspective with regards to how much we will eat.

The typical single Turkey plate consisting of 2-3 slices of turkey, vegetables, stuffing, and potatoes w/ gravy is approx. 800 calories or equivalent to 1hr of cycling at a moderate level

A typical desert plate (two pieces of pie w/ whip cream) is approx. 600 calories.  Add another hour to  cycling !

So by my math, I will need at least 2hrs of cycling to counteract what promises to be yet another outstanding Thanksgiving meal.

Happy Holidays and even better Cycling !




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