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2013: A Look Back

by on January 2, 2014

As so many of us do, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over 2013 and examine my accomplishments.

The goals I established for 2013 included:

  • Flèche 2013.  The route is nearly done.  We are looking for one replacement team member.  April 6-7 is the date.

A grand, epic time was had by all!  Our Flèche Team included 2 new members and it was an epic ride.  You can read about it here.

  • 200k on the fixie.

I accomplished two of these!  The first was in May and the second was in November.  It was a grand time, a great learning experience, and good preparation for longer rides.

  • Develop a 200k from Stevensville to Ocean City so that when we do some of our long rides, we can get “credit” for them.

This goal is still pending.  When I floated the idea to SPP and tried to combine our twice a year Ocean City Rides with this plan it blew up.  Hopefully I can get this done in 2014.  It is laid out, it just needs a little work and to be submitted.

  • Complete second R-12.

Hurray!  Completed.

  • Blog changes

Not so much.

  • Mileage Goal: Can I make 8,000 this year?  I’ll definitely complete my trip around the world this year.  Only 5,106 miles to go!

Nope, I can’t make 8,000 miles this year.  I ended up with 6767, and while memorable it is only second longest year out of the last 4 years.  I made the “around the world miles” easily.

  • See sunrises and sunsets from the bike … and have more fun than I deserve.

And there was at least one ride when I saw both the sunrise and sunset.

Other accomplishments not on the goal list included:

  • Completion of a 600k ride in October.
  • 195 days of riding.
  • 435 hours, 50 minutes, and 53 seconds of time on the bike. (Just over 18 full days.)
  • Only 1 significant crash.  I’m still suffering from the lingering effects of that crash 6 weeks later.
  • Raising $6371 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign
  • Learned a lot from long rides that went amazingly well and long rides that I could barely complete.
  • Received the Severna Park Peloton Rider of the Year award.

Goals for 2014?

That’s in a new post.

From → Cycling

One Comment
  1. I fantastic year, by any measure. The best of luck to you in 2014! I’m intrigued by the ride around Lake Ontario. I was raised in Rochester, I was stationed in the Army in Watertown, my mother was raised in Toronto, and my father was raised near Niagara Falls. There’s plenty of my personal history around that lake. Take lots of pictures!

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