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Goals for 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


  1. Find some more friends to ride with, especially locally.
  2. Ride 5,000 miles. This will probably be harder than it was last year, since I’ll have homework this year, but I’m still going to shoot for it.
  3. Ride six centuries, including at least one 200km brevet. (I’d like to set the brevet bar higher, but a lack of local options makes this difficult.)
  4. Do at least two overnight bike camping trips (S24Os).
  5. Do at least one longer bicycle tour, two nights or longer.
  6. Get down to 190 pounds, and stay under 200 pounds. (This one’s not specifically about cycling, but cycling will help me accomplish this goal, and it will in turn help with my cycling.)
  7. Continue commuting by bicycle nearly 100% of the time.


  1. Stay in school.
  2. Complete a (yet-unnamed) photo project.
  3. Redesign this blog.

There’s other stuff I could list, but that seems sufficient. I think it’s going to be a great year!

6 Responses to “Goals for 2011”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Why would you imagine that cycling will help with goal 6? I strongly suspect a strong subconcious urge to consume calories to offset those burned when cycling in order to avoid dangerous reduction of energy reserves (of course, we don’t approach things at all this way when making goals or thinking about things). That being said, I wish you the best of luck in goal 6 and hope that you will flag us that you’ve made it.

  2. wil Says:

    Michael, Never give up on any of your goals. If they are important to you, you will achieve them. I myself have always struggled with weight but I refuse to let it define me. I am currently around 260 lbs. I would love to see a number under 200 and I most likely will this year, if not for sure before I take off for the Tour Divide in 2012.

    Keep it real, Wil

  3. Apertome Says:

    Steve: perhaps what I should have said was, if I watch what I eat more carefully, I can lose weight fairly easily, with all the riding I do. I know this from experience.

    Wil: thanks, and good luck!

  4. Scott Loveless Says:

    Regarding #2, record yourself reading your textbooks. Bring your MP3 player along for the ride.

  5. the flat tire Says:


  6. Jeremy Says:

    I’ve got a strong notion that you’ll blow each of them out of the water!

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