2012 Cycling Goals – Making it Happen!
Wow, 2011 is almost over! I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by and how many miles the Masher and the Renaissance Man have rolled out. By some standards our 2011 mileage may be small, but for my first full year in cycling, it was a big first step. So after seeing that all things are possible on a bike, I am setting some pretty big goals for 2012. So let’s get started:
Goal #1 – Ride 4,000 miles. This represents a 60% increase in mileage over 2011 mileage of 2,500. This is very attainable if the weather cooperates and I get the winter miles in that I skipped last year.
Goal #2 – Ride 6 Century Rides. – 2011 saw the RAM Cycling team burn up 3 century rides. 2012 is going to see us move to double that number. We are already working on our calendar and feel very confident in meeting this goal.
Goal #3 – Ride more hills and more rides per week. This is my only goal that I do not have a firm number to measure against. How will I know that I succeeded? The test for me will be in October at the annual GABRAKY ride. The big hill on Day 3 – there will be no walking.
Goal #4 – Increase my average speed to 17 mph. As a beginner cyclist in 2010 (and a hefty cyclist weighing in at 270 lbs.) my average pace was a less than respectable 12.3 mph. 2011 saw me increase this 16% to 14.3 mph. Why the increase? Weight loss, better conditioning and a new road bike all played a part. How do I plan to get to 17+? I plan to be more consistent in my training and to work hard at achieving the goals above.
To be successful in achieving these goals, I must work hard to integrate the goals into my lifestyle. Ride more frequently and shorter distances (2011 saw an average ride distance of 26.1 miles per ride) at a faster pace. I am definitely excited to get rolling in 2012! So let’s make it happen in 2012! Follow the adventure right here at www.ramcycling.com.