2010 was a great year for me, cycling-wise … in many ways, my best year ever.
I’ll talk about the goals I set at the beginning of the year in a minute. I did pretty well overall, but most of the best stuff that happened this year wasn’t directly connected to a goal.
Most importantly, people. I rode with others more often this year. I rode with Bill a couple more times, and I started riding with Tim and David, when we are able to connect for a ride. I rode with my other friend Dave when I could, but we didn’t get to ride as much this year. I also did some club rides, although I found that most people in the club have a much different riding mindset than I do.
I also rode my first centuries this year, and got more interested in long-distance cycling. I didn’t pursue this as much, later in the year, but it’s something I’m definitely still interested in.
I also got significantly better at riding in various inclement weather conditions, especially snow, ice, and night riding.
I didn’t do a lot of mountain biking this year, but I did ride my mountain bike a lot in the snow, and on gravel roads.
Here are the cycling goals I set last year, and how I did:
- Ride 3,000 miles.
I far exceeded my expectations, and rode 5,007 miles. In fact, I just hit 5,000 miles on the very last day of the year. Pretty exciting way to wrap up the year!
- Ride a century (100 miles in one ride).
I rode five century+ rides, including the 160-mile Ride Across INdiana.
- Do at least three overnight bike camping trips (S24Os).
I didn’t do any bicycle camping at all this year.
- Do at least one longer bicycle tour, two nights or longer.
I didn’t do a tour.
- Ride my bicycle in at least two states other than Indiana.
I rode in four new states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
- Explore new roads and trails.
- Continue 100% bicycle commuting.
Not quite 100%, but close. Occasionally I will have to drive; mainly if there is a car problem, I drive the car to the shop, ride my bike to work, and ride back to pick up the car. Also, I drove for a couple of weeks after my foot surgery.
Basically, I exceeded my goals in every way, except that I didn’t do any loaded bike camping this year. For whatever reason, I never really felt the urge this year. Next year, I hope to do better. I’ve enjoyed bike camping every time I’ve done it, so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t go this year.
More miles than ever before
There are two main reasons for my huge mileage increase over previous years (my previous record was 3586.5 miles, back in 2007):
- I moved further away from work, but continued to commute each day.
- I bought a road bike, which allowed me to rack up miles faster, and made longer rides more doable.
- Road: 2753.45
- Commute: 2010.28
- Mixed terrain: 758.98
- Mountain: 210.91
- Surly Long Haul Trucker: 2911.23
- Bianchi Imola: 1540.80
- Fuji Tahoe 29 Comp: 337.84
- Miyata Street Runner: 217.50