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    Eastern Canadian MTBR's Cycling Goals for 2014

    I stole this thread from the passion forum, but I thought it more relevant to ask here with people I sorta know than read about people there I definitely don't know. What are your cycling goals for 2014?

    I'm at a weird spot in my life with cycling, I don't do it enough! I haven't lost the passion. I just never squeeze rides in with my life. My goals are to ride more. More specifically, my older kid has agreed to do Paris to St. George with me. He's in shape, I'll need to up my game to avoid embarrassment/family disgrace. Secondly, I was given blood pressure meds for chronic high blood pressure. I'm not a doctor guy or a medication guy, but after seeking secondary advice a nurse said to me, "Get in shape enough and see if you can get off the medication, but you should be taking it now." So I'd like to ride myself to lower blood pressure.
    "I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad", by Guillaume Blanchet

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    Biggie, I wish you the best of luck with that goal.

    Some random goals I have this year.

    - Do a 100 mile MTB ride on the trails/double track in and around Hamilton. Longest has been 120 km so far.

    - I'm going to Breck Epic. I want desperately not to race, not for one moment to care an ounce about my placement. I want to enjoy the riding and the views to maximum capacity. Embrace where my bike is taking me.

    - Halve my placement in P2A.

    - Ride my fatbike in Muskoka (was foiled twice last year by weather).

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    Find time to put some decent training rides in. These 2nd/3rd lap cramps must go.

    Be deemed good enough for expert next season (see above).

    Get to Hydro Cut /HF/AF and make one of the hamilton area group rides.

    Hope to afford CTS this year. (not looking good so far)

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    Personal:

    Ride with Monster Jr. at Joyride and the Driving Park as much as possible.

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    Add at least 2km to the Christie trails and complete the Ebb and Flow loop.

    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    Biggie, I wish you the best of luck with that goal.

    Some random goals I have this year.

    - Do a 100 mile MTB ride on the trails/double track in and around Hamilton. Longest has been 120 km so far.

    - I'm going to Breck Epic. I want desperately not to race, not for one moment to care an ounce about my placement. I want to enjoy the riding and the views to maximum capacity. Embrace where my bike is taking me.

    - Halve my placement in P2A.

    - Ride my fatbike in Muskoka (was foiled twice last year by weather).

    Similar goals to CptSydor:

    Join CptSydor on the 100mile MTB ride in and around Hamilton
    Have an amazingly fun and epic experience at Breck Epic.
    Place better in P2A.
    Ride a fat bike this winter.

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    Seem to be over a series of longer term injuries over a very unfortunate 2 year period. Using the purchase of the fat bike to kick off riding all year round. Loose a bunch of weight and get fit so I can hope to keep up with some group rides. Biggie, I managed to ride my way out of blood pressure medicine. I was borderline for a while, but this summer I got it down well into the safe zone. Took some dieting as well.
    I want to be fit enough that rides are more fun and not such a struggle, specially climbing. Far from racing shape, but hope to be able to do some fun type race in the next year or two. I plan to give up some of my competitive billiards tournaments that are a huge time suck and often run really late into the night/morning, and put more time on the bike. Been taking some yoga classes to improve flexibility and avoid further injuries. Put more time doing that as well.
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    I like this thread, it really got me thinking. My race goals are similar to CptSydor and Louda; improve my P2A time and enjoy Breck to the fullest. Also, go to more grassroots-style races.

    But my biggest goal to have lots of adventures, ride with the new puppies a lot and ride in new places.

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    Tour Divide.
    It's the focus of every commute, every hour on the trainer in the basement, every run, every mountain bike ride, every search on the internet and almost every email to friends and family. I've become quite boring. And poor. But I have a nice bike. For now.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Tour Divide.
    You're doing T-D this year???

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    That's the plan. Ken too. And I heard a rumour that Sarah is going back as well. You too ??? ( and aren't you just a little bit curious about my nice bike ????????)
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    - Ride my fatbike in Muskoka (was foiled twice last year by weather).
    Cpt...I have the same goal and I live here!!!...LOL!
    Muskoka and particularily my area around Gravenhurst, has been hammered with snow storms
    throughout Dec with more is in the forecast all next week! And...if it isn't snowing it has been just
    too freakin' cold (-32 this morning... without taking windchill into account). As a result the snow
    is mostly too deep and soft for riding, at least not what I would consider to be fun riding.
    Early winter is typically better for skiing and 'shoeing up here anyway, and so far this year has been perfect for that...


    Goals for 2014 are to get to some new riding destinations with this little camper,
    starting with Allegripis Trails at Raystown Lake PA in spring or early summer.
    Maybe even do 24hr Solstice once again...its been awhile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Tour Divide.
    It's the focus of every commute, every hour on the trainer in the basement, every run, every mountain bike ride, every search on the internet and almost every email to friends and family. I've become quite boring. And poor. But I have a nice bike. For now.
    I for one, would like to hear more about this nice bike. Good luck with TD. I considered it briefly, before the boy. Sarah's account made it sound like more fun than she probably thinks.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Biggie, that is awesome. Any time you wanna go on a ride, let me know and I'm there - road, cross or mountain - you set the pace. The Red Hill Valley trail in Stoney Creek works really well for P2A training and I would be happy to show you the ropes - PM me...
    Strava made me do it....

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    Oh yeah, and goals:

    1. Go back to the Hydrocut and give it a good spanking for breaking my hand last September

    2. I still owe my pledges 100k in the Ganny (we only made 60km in November) so I will be back on the start line of Paul's Dirty Enduro in September. Sub-7 hours would be gravy...;

    3. I want to do all 3 Epic 8's solo singlespeed, and make the podium for the series;

    4. Not get a flat on the P2A (which will in itself result in a faster time)

    5. And I just signed up for the Wilmington Whiteface 100 in upstate New York this June. My goal will be to finish.

    6. Log 10,000km on Strava (was 1,000 shy this past year)

    7. Make every ride I do meaningful

    And now I have posted here, I have to make good on all of this...

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    Mine are similar to secret agents.

    Three years ago I saw modest weight losses after riding lots in the summer.

    Two years ago rode hard and saw better results.

    Last year I planned to go all out and started real strong but then had a string of injuries, broken bones and other health issues that took me off the bike for about half the year.

    So this year the plan is to go hard, ride as many days after work as possible, get my average distances up (aiming for 20+ km weekdays, with larger rides on the weekends) and not get hurt in the process lol.

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    It's a rehab year for me since I was taken out by a car last year.
    Goals are pretty simple, ride & have fun and get out for group rides with friends. That's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    It's a rehab year for me since I was taken out by a car last year.
    Goals are pretty simple, ride & have fun and get out for group rides with friends. That's it.
    Those are the best goals anyway, regardless of rehab or not!

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    I just want to sleep with Charlize Theron. Thats all.
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    Wow Dave! Fantastic! Look forward to following you (and Ken and Sarah!) on this ridiculously epic adventure.
    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Tour Divide.
    It's the focus of every commute, every hour on the trainer in the basement, every run, every mountain bike ride, every search on the internet and almost every email to friends and family. I've become quite boring. And poor. But I have a nice bike. For now.

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    The plan is to ride a lot and enjoy all of it. Take a few non-racing cycling trips to warmer destinations. Keep talking about puppies. As far as racing goes, something like this so far:

    1. Enjoy P2A
    2. Enjoy WW100, qualify for a return to Leadville
    3. Enjoy Breck Epic
    4. Sprinkle in some NUE goodness wherever schedule allows
    5. Man up and do Hell of the North
    6. For something completely different, Tour of Bronte

    Looking forward to a fun year with lots of epic riding with friends!
    Jouko

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    Best of luck with that goal Biggie.
    Dave...do share more - wow, amazing.
    My cycling goals for this year...
    Be more effective with the time I have to ride
    Break the top 100 in the P-A (even if I don't, I will still be happy with my result as long as I finish ahead of Oggie)
    Have fun adventures at a few NUE's this year
    Have a fun, strong trans-alp race

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    [QUOTE=osokolo;10914657]I just want to sleep with Charlize Theron. Thats

    It's important to set realistic goals, Oggster....
    Strava made me do it....

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    Re: Eastern Canadian MTBR's Cycling Goals for 2014

    Participate (rather than compete LOL) in my first bike race (bought a 'cross bike today. That was some expensive browsing).
    Ride out of province.
    Meet someone also into cycling.
    Skillz. Improve my skillz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bishskate View Post
    Participate (rather than compete LOL) in my first bike race (bought a 'cross bike today. That was some expensive browsing).
    Given your latest purchase, I think your first race has just taken care of itself...The Paris to Ancaster is best enjoyed from the saddle of a cyclocross bike.

    And the skillz improvement does not need to wait until the snow melts - Joyride is excellent for that sort of thing
    Strava made me do it....

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