New Year, New Goals – Renaissance Style
Dec 2011 13

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.

 

 

A Glance At The Past, & A View Of The Future
Jan 2012 13

Wow, time certainly flies and I can’t believe 2011 is now history. Well, it was a memorable year, one that helped me find focus on cycling again, after a great finish to 2010. We recently posted short blogs by Renaissance Man & Masher with their Goals for 2012, but we have yet to publish the Goals for RAM Cycling, until now.

First, let’s reflect on the awesome happenings by RAM Cycling in 2011, then we can take a look at where the road leads for 2012 and beyond. Some simple, but important events accomplished by Renaissance & Masher in ’11:

*   First century ride of the year (first ever for Renaissance Man) was the “Wheels O’ Fire” in Hamilton County, Georgia on April 2, 2011

*   The idea of RAM Cycling first came to light on a Renaissance & Masher shared spring break vacation at Jacksonville Beach, FL during the week following that 1st century ride

*   Our second century ride of the year was “Horsey Hundred” in Georgetown, KY on Memorial Day weekend 2011

*   RAM Cycling was officially launched on the world wide web & twitter around the start of July 2011, we are claiming 4th of July as our Birthday

*   Renaissance & Masher cycled in the sunshine state some more on vacation at Panama City Beach in July

*   The months of August and September saw RAM put in miles and miles in prep for GABRAKY

*   RAM Cycling rode in GABRAKY 2011 in October, a 3 day cycling event that travels around Kentucky (this was our second consecutive year, and included our 3rd century of the year)

*   RAM Cycling closed out 2011 moderately by posting several hundred more miles before rolling into 2012

Now that we have reflected on the recent past, RAM Cycling can only move forward by setting some Goals, just like Renaissance & Masher did personally. The good news is, RAM is a reality, and here are some of the goals we hope to achieve this year or in the very near future:

***   Bring excellent news and memories from our charity and group ride events to life right here at the RAM Cycling website

***   Fight to have legislation introduced and passed into Kentucky Law to raise awareness and safety for bicycling, including a 3-FEET TO PASS LAW, more bike lanes, more Share The Road signs on roadways, more local bicycling events for the public & more

***   Gain corporate backing of some close partners, in order to help support our push for legislative updates and help us promote a more healthy and bicycle friendly America, and also help us support  local charity groups that host events we intend to ride in this year and in years to come

***   RAM Cycling intends to host it’s own bicycle ride event, however the details are still in the planning phase for time of year, course, total miles, and location (expect this to be 1st class when it happens!)

***   Design and purchase our own cycling jersey to wear at events to help promote RAM Cycling, and t-shirts to give away

***   Obviously, we intend to support Renaissance & Masher in all of their bicycling endeavors

***   We want to develop a free membership club for the purpose of distributing important cycling information and legislative updates through a monthly newsletter

***   Finally, we will be excited to publish all of the good news we can find and relate to regarding bicycling

Thanks for visiting RAMCycling.com We hope you will continue to visit throughout 2012, as we try to accomplish our mission. So far it has been a wonderful ride, but it’s a journey that we are glad you are sharing with us. PLEASE feel free to leave a comment on any post we publish, or send us an email at any time. Your feed back is important to us and helps us improve our site for you. You can also follow us on Twitter @RAMCycling. Here’s to a great year in 2012!

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