Counting down now to a big milestone

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Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:33 pm

This morning as I pushed on through the early morning storm, I passed 19,000km on the beast. I guesstimate that it would have been about Canning Bridge and at around 6:30am.

So now I am officially in countdown mode. I do not have any idea how I will mark the occasion when I actually hit 20,000km. But at the very least I will have to have a celebratory drink. At my age that there is no guarantee that I will hit another significant large round number though I am certainly hoping to.

Anyway, as of arrival at work this morning I was sitting on 19,011km. Only 989km to go. :D
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby Ozkaban » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:57 pm

19000km on a unicycle is pretty awesome!

Can i ask what sort of speed you would normally ride at? Just thinking hours in the saddle...

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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:11 pm

Ozkaban wrote:19000km on a unicycle is pretty awesome!

Can i ask what sort of speed you would normally ride at? Just thinking hours in the saddle...

Cheers,
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Hours are around 600 hours a year. Heading for considerably more this year. Or to put it another way, more than a third of my working year. Speed is not great but I got time.

There are some cyclists who do bigger times though. Cavebear2 is an obvious one. With around 30,000km a year he has to be doing in excess of 1000 hrs a year!
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Just edged to within 300km. Perhaps another three weeks, perhaps a little less. :D
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:30 pm

200km and counting down. :D
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby KonaCommuter » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:08 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:200km and counting down. :D



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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby gabrielle260 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:18 pm

Hi Colin,
20,000 km on a unicycle is an amazing achievement! Two questions for you;
1. When did you start? And
2. How are you going to reward yourself when you pass the milestone?
So close now... Keep us updated, please,
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:41 pm

gabrielle260 wrote:Hi Colin,
20,000 km on a unicycle is an amazing achievement! Two questions for you;
1. When did you start? And
2. How are you going to reward yourself when you pass the milestone?
So close now... Keep us updated, please,
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I had a good ride yesterday, first since the dreaded lurgy put me to bed. But I am not breathing too well today again so I am not going to push too hard just yet.

Celebrations? Carron, the owner at my regular morning coffee stop Sassys on Swan, is going to make me a banana pancake on the morning that I hit 20,000km. That might be about the extent of it. Perhaps a cake at work too.

I started counting in 2008 when I started commuting. It maybe took me a couple of years to get to 5,000. But each year I set a bigger target and each time I think it is ambitious and each time I exceed my expectations, getting there with some time to spare.

This year I so far ahead of porjections and a lot of that has been the exceptional winter we are having. There seem to be heaps of other riders who also have not eased off. But I can't see where I can find more hours for the future. Perhaps when I retire I can put in some more but frankly I sees no compelling reason to push.

I know it's a big number and I am happy with it. But as a point of reference I see that Cavebear2 has, for the last two or three years, ridden 30,000km. By my reckoning he is doing, maybe 1200hrs a year, maybe more. In fact, if you read this Perry, I would love to know how many hours it is. Not that I intend challenging you. :?
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:18 am

I have been crook for about a fortnight so. of late, my distances have been pretty low and I have not been making much progress towards my 20,000km.

But I am feeling better every day now and with a few decent rides lately I am closing in on that target again.

For those of you who spend too much time on forums :) I'll try to post here over the next week or so as it drops.

Carron, the owner at Sassy's on Swan, has promised me a banana pancake on the day.

Current status is 158km to go.
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby Ozkaban » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:49 pm

Keep it up Colin! Nearly there. Tell you what, I'll have a muffin at my coffee shop in the morning to celebrate too... Just tell me when :mrgreen:

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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:22 pm

Wasn't the weather brilliant this morning? Warm enough that I could do most of it without constricting clammy clothing.

19,886km. 114 to go. Logged it with Bike Journal and I am still just hanging inside the thousand.

And it looks like I may get away on time tonight. It's a tossup then between meeting with mates at the Grosvenor for an after-work ale or the full ride home and save some train fare. That'd brign me down to double digits.
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:25 pm

Detoured thru South Perth on the way home on Friday. And did my fourth (I think) big -ride-my-age this today. Suddenly it's looking like TUresday or Wednesday.

Current status: 37km to go. 8)
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:00 pm

All of a sudden I'm all excited!

I rode home this arvo thru the wet and wind and when I checked the trip meter at home I have a miniscule 15km to go.

That means that if I do the full distance to work tomorrow then 20,000 should pop up about the time that I get to Sassy's on Swan for my regular coffee and muffin.

Carron - owner - has promised me a banana pancake as a special celebratory prize. Hell, I don't even know if I like banana pancakes but I am gonna enjoy it regardless.

It's gonna be at least another four or five years before I get to my next biggy at 50,000km. So toots, bells, and wolf whistles and AirZounds tomorrow if you see a guy on a unicycle. And any pics or videos as you are passing will be welcome too.

Now, to make the trip as comfortable as I can, I gotta sign off and fit a totally new sheepskin cover for tomorrow. 8)
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby gabrielle260 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:05 pm

Go For It!!!!
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby westab » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:41 am

Colin - thats great - enjoy your reward from your coffee shop.

I will save the congrats for tomorrow.
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:05 pm

By the time that I got to Sassys I was still a kilometre short. So I continued to Victoria Avenue and came back. Still hadn't ticked over so I did a lap of the Bell tower precinct and that did it.
Carron had seen me pass and had already put the pancake on so everything was waiting as I sat down.

My only regret is that i was eating in public - I so much wanted to lick the last of the syrup off the plate.

If you want something sticky and sweet with a few carbs after a long ride I recommend the the banana pancakes at Sassys. :D
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby Ozkaban » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:10 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:By the time that I got to Sassys I was still a kilometre short. So I continued to Victoria Avenue and came back. Still hadn't ticked over so I did a lap of the Bell tower precinct and that did it.
Carron had seen me pass and had already put the pancake on so everything was waiting as I sat down.

My only regret is that i was eating in public - I so much wanted to lick the last of the syrup off the plate.

If you want something sticky and sweet with a few carbs after a long ride I recommend the the banana pancakes at Sassys. :D


Genuine Congrats Colin!

I was telling my wife about this last night. She was a little bit 'so what?' until I mentioned the unicycle bit. Jaw hit the ground at this point.

Very impressive milestone! Pancake sounds yum too :mrgreen:
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby thomashouseman » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:24 pm

Wow, congrats! Sounds yum!
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby gabrielle260 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:09 pm

Well done, Colin- great job!!!
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby find_bruce » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:21 pm

Should get yourself a T-Shirt made "I rode 20,000 km on a unicycle & all I got were banana pancakes & this T-Shirt" :D

Congratulations Colin & I look forward ot hearing about the next 20,000 km
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:53 pm

find_bruce wrote:Should get yourself a T-Shirt made "I rode 20,000 km on a unicycle & all I got were banana pancakes & this T-Shirt" :D

Congratulations Colin & I look forward ot hearing about the next 20,000 km


Love it. Though your paraphrase needs just a touch adjusting to read:
"I rode 20,000 km on a unicycle & all I got were banana pancakes & this lousy T-Shirt"
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby TailWind » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:57 pm

Well done - Most impressive!
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby jasonc » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:04 pm

amazing work colin.

and +1 to the t-shirt idea
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby trailgumby » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:13 pm

Another vote for the t-shirt - too funny :lol: You gotta do it :mrgreen:
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Re: Counting down now to a big milestone

Postby Red Rider » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:46 am

Massive achievement! Well done :)
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