Goals….

I started the year thinking that I would aim for 4,000 miles on the bike. Around March, if memory serves me, I downgraded my goal to 3K. Between work, family, and other obligations, riding 4,000 miles didn’t seem reasonable. At least if I wanted a more rounded life.

So that’s what I’ve been tracking this season on my fancy Excel spreadsheet. But  to make the point that it wasn’t about the miles, I added another goal: Two complete century (100 mile) rides.

I knocked off the century ride goal in September when I completed the Carolina Cup Challenge and the Tour to Tanglewood Century. And today’s 32.4 miles put me over the top of 3,000.

Meeting the goals is anticlimatic. It’s good to accomplish what I set out to do, but what I enjoy is the motivation that goals provide. I know myself well enough to realize that if I didn’t have something to chase, my riding would be pretty haphazard.

Of course, lately it has been haphazard. The main part of the riding season is ending, and with winter looming it’s time to wind down a bit and try not to get burned out. That’s why I’ve only been on my bike three times this month, and will probably concentrate on weekend rides for the rest of the year, with some commuting thrown in. But pretty soon it will be time to start thinking about goal-setting for 2006.

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