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Firstly, Well done on the hard Yakka this year Wal, I can relate to most of the things that you've had to endure!
I used to have lots of lower back pain as my L4/L5 is pretty decrepit, however I've worked heaps on my core strength and very rarely suffer even on long or mountainous rides which used to do me in. I'm also developing a lot more power as my hamstring/ITB integrity has improved as a result.
It's hard to keep the butt etc. in good condition riding every day, I've had a few troubles this year but I have been trying to break in a couple of new Brookes saddles. Also I always have at least 1 and more often 2 days in a week when I only commute (28kms) or do a small leisurely ride
Next year I'm planning a different training strategy probably record some stuff on Strava with my new Garmin.
Somehow I manage to still enjoy my cycling but then maybe I'm a masochist!
I'm looking at reaching a total of 29K or so by Dec 31
Yours in Cycling
@Wal - awesome effort for the year.
Hit my target (14,000) this morning on the way into work. I'm reasonably happy with that after having a slow down mid year with a few aches and pains, change of job, and other life related stuff that affects my ability to get the numbers up!
On the upside, I've started putting more intent into my riding by doing some high intensity training sessions 1 - 2 times a week and have gone up a group and am starting to hang on to the lead guys at the end of the session. The good thing about Strava is that it gives you a bit of an idea about the improvements you are making. One of the segments I do which has a fairly large number of riders I managed to go from being in the 40's up to number 6 on the ladder!
This mornings ride saw my 13,000k done and dusted and moved into number 10 spot. I'm a happy camper.
All told tr was afairly good year except for a knee blowing up in April and missing out on the Noosa Imperial Century and having a big stack about the sme time and stuffing my shoulder.
1. My BJ posted goal = 28000 tick
2. Goal that I would ideally like to achieve = 30000
15 days left, many k's to go - I guess I'll take it 1 day at a time dependant on weather and social engagements, I'll keep accumulating the big K's and maybe have a go if the opportunity presents itself....
Where are you at currently?
By the end of next week and after updating BJ I should finish on 18.5k for the year. Fell short through a spell of laziness Seems lots of folk have done really well this year, nice work guys
I'm currently at 28,100 with 13 days to go....I've decided that discretion is the better part of valour ie. I don't want to kill myself!
I'm now aiming at 29,300 - 1200 in 13 days with some rest days & a bit of socialising - as it should be at this time of year!
well I made my initial target of 10K, would have been 11K if I didn't get sick these last few days.
Pretty happy with getting there as I has a fair bit of time off the bike at different periods of the year, moving state, new job, baby, sick.
Next year I am going for a stretch of 15K
Well done to everyone who made their targets!.
My years over just short of 15,000... But can't be bothered with the last hour or two's riding... Off on the 1st for a few days sans velo then back into it.
Next year I will be viewing meters climbed and hours on the bike more than km's ridden... Still hoping to crack 15,000 next year though
Ah ah! That was my 5th and final year of BJ comp. I was very happy to finish no. 7 (29,266 km) which was my 1st (& last!) finish in the BJ Top 10. Mind you, I had to ride almost 600 k's over the last 3 very hot days in Perth (40.5, 37.5 & 42.1 deg.) to edge out the guy in Kansas who had to ride 164km on the 31st but is yet to post anything.
Well done to all that have striven to achieve their challenge over a year and best wishes for your respective goals this year and stay safe.
Jeepers bump, I was reading "BJ comp" in a totally wrong way... finally trawled my mind out of gutter to recall what Bike Journal was =P
My 10k was merely incidental in distance to get from home to work, but is my #1 hobby/recreation after family/kids so love it. Another 9 years required for cycling to break even against the train travel budget... but that sounds like a life sentence of misery in a tin can versus joy freedom and the open air.
Belated Happy 2013
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