That’s Goal Jerry, Goal!

Reached my annual goal of 3,000 km on October 19th this year almost a full month ahead of last year. Yay!

The way we reached it was very different from last year. Most of our riding this year was long (65-100 km) rides on the weekends versus more frequent shorter (20 km) and medium (50km) rides spread throughout the week. Also, the weather was on our side this cycling season with most weekends being rain free and not too hot. Will be interesting to see what our final tally is…

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New Stretch Goal…2,500 km

It’s only the second week of September and we’ve already surpassed the mileage goal we had set for ourselves.  Until recently, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for a stretch goal but I’ve come to realize that a goal should be difficult to reach. Despite the fact that the weather is getting cooler and it’s getting dark earlier, we should be able to get lots of great cycling in this fall so bring it on!

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5 Ferries and a Covered Bridge

115.09 km cycled today. A new personal record and enough to blow away our goal of 2,000 km for the year. New YTD total 2087.7 km. and lots of great cycling weather yet to come.

Map of route taken today and highlights along the way.

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The goal is in sight!

Hubby’s employer is having a family picnic tomorrow complete with barbecue and bouncy castles. Our kids are too old for such nonsense so we’ve decide that it’s a perfect opportunity to best our previous cycling record. The ride is 110 km return (if we survive it). The wind is not reported to be in our favour…. 30 km per hour with gust to 50 km per hour. Ouch!

The ride includes our usual Saturday stopover at the Kingston Farmer’s Market for breakfast. Kingston is at the 30 km mark so breakfast will be extra sweet tomorrow as I will have passed the 2,000 km mark for the year.

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Too sore to cycle!

If you’ve been following our progress towards our goal of 2,000 km, you might have noticed that my odometer reading hasn’t changed in a few days. This is sad because we are so close.

Towards the middle of last week we started “tapering” in preparation for climbing Mt. Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine on Saturday August 24th. We wanted to have fresh legs. The climb was amazing. The weather was perfect. Since the climb we’ve been suffering from severe DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in our thighs and calves. Makes it very difficult to navigate stairs let alone ride a bike.

It’s Wednesday and the legs are feeling much stronger. The weather forecast is really shaping up for the weekend. Will we reach 2,000 km by Labour Day? Stay tuned to find out…

If you are interested in seeing a 3:40 video I put together of our climb up Katahdin CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW.

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mileage back on track

We’re back on track to reach our cycling goal (despite the dreadful weather!). 500 km on the odometer with another 1500 km to go. Provided that the summer brings us A) fine weather and B) no illness or injury we should reach 2000 km easily. That being said July, August and September are the big months. We will have to average 100 km per week for the next 12 weeks to stay on target. 

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2012 Cycling Goal Achieved

The sweet taste of success! My husband and I turned the odometer today on 2000 km year to date. This is even more remarkable because 1 year ago he was taking chemo drugs in preparation for a stem cell transplant. Our goal was to cycle 2,000 km in 2012 before Nov 3…the anniversary of his transplant. His re-birthday! 

Our stats year-to-date are posted below. Unfortunately, the calorie stat only applies to Rob. Although I biked the same distance I burned significantly fewer calories because I weigh significantly less. Oh well… I don’t do it for the calorie burn…I do it for the bragging rights!

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