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    So, outta curiosity???

    I am curious how much you all ride. As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to reflect. At the beginning of the year I had set a goal to ride 1800 miles. I know by some this is a mere pittance but I had thought that 150 miles a month would be a great place to start. As it turns out I will fall short of this goal. Even without the injury that had me sidelined for the better part of June and July, I might not have made it. As it sits right now I am at 1349.99. Although I only have a mountain bike, I have logged some road miles during this year, but a majority have been trail rides.

    Looking back at the data it seems that I have averaged about 11 rides a month with each ride averaging about 11 miles.

    So, do you set riding goals? Have you attained them? If you ride both mountain and road, what’s the mix?

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    About 7,000 miles this year, 6 days a week, I've been slackin. 70/30 split between road/mtb. Goals? Ride a lot.

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    I only started riding a few months ago, so I didn't have many goals except to get out and do it...wish I did. I was thinking in the coming year, maybe setting a goal of 5000 miles for the year.

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    Damn, you guys must have a lot of free time. I rode a lot this year (for me and all mtn biking) and I've only ridden about 920 miles, but still hoping to break 1000 for the year.

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    I'm hoping for 1500 miles. I'm currently at 1200, so I have long ways to go.

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    1600 miles after nearly a 10 year hiatus. Lost 20 pounds and got my "bike legs" back.

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    I was off the stupid bike more than on due to injuries, so even if I had a goal it would not have been met.

    I just ride when I have time and I am up to it. I'm not a type-A goal-driven kinda dude, I suppose.
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    Haven't updated the garmin in a few weeks, should be over 2200 miles maybe a bit more. all offroad

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    4,248.61 miles, far short of my 10,000 mile goal. 80 percent road miles. I know, I suck.

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    In a normal year about 100 miles a week. This year was FAR from normal. I'm back up to about 50 miles a week. Adding more every week.
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    I was at a point a few years ago, where I wasn't sure I could ride anymore. Now, if I can get out 1-2 days a week, I'm doin something right.

    Miles are just numbers, & STRAVA segments don't interest me. I respect those who have goals, and those who achieve them.

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    All off road miles(fire road) from July 862 would be ~2100 miles/year.

    In summer I actually ride less due to the heat, I should be able to do 2500 miles/year

    I use an app on my phone called Endomondo | Community based on free GPS tracking of sports

    great tool to track miles, works flawless and is free(for now)
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    No idea about miles, just did my 60th ride last night. With a wife, two kids and a full time job I'm good with that. 2/3rds of the rides had some element of night riding.
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    Approximately 140 rides, about 1500 miles (all dirt), and 200+/- hours to date since Jan 1st. Maybe another 3 or 4 rides (based on incoming wet weather, work, some skiing days, and holiday beach time over Xmas) before the year is out. If I wasn't a skier/boarder, I'd have another 30-40 days but I like diversity in my activities!

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    I also have no idea what the total mileage is. I mark when I ride and a maybe one or two-word description on my calendar.

    I'm just under 150 rides so far. We got a two-foot dump earlier than usual and that knocked me out before I was expecting. During the season I ride about 5-6 times a week on average. All singletrack for the most part.
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    I rode about 200km per week when I was road cycling (April to October) approx 1400km/yr

    Since I started Mtb I ride year round but less mileage, Maybe an average 50 to 75 km per week

    I'd like to ride more but work interferes plus I practice yoga daily and do weights a couple hours per week
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    I got back to MTB'ing in September. From zero miles before I got my "new" bike to 8-10 mile daily, each with about 50% mountain trail. Had to take about 3 weeks off because I hurt myself pretty bad falling OTB on the trails.

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    I set a goal of 300 miles/month or 3,600 for the year. I'll likely miss that goal by a couple hundred miles.

    I ride more days than not, but try to stay on the trail and off the road, so it's hard to push the real big numbers.

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    When I got my Garmin on Sept 8th 2011, I set out to climb a half million feet of elevation gain. I nursed an injury all winter, got sick a few times, and slogged out a bunch of flat road during the winter. Didn't think I'd make it, but it was great to do it.
    Count: 334 Activities
    Distance: 5,342.70 mi
    Time: 602:14:12 h:m:s
    Elevation Gain: 500,623 ft
    Calories: 380,789 C

    that was from sept to sept. Calendar year is 4,971.3mi / 445,007ft. heavily mountain, I hate my road bike. It really helps that I'm in college, lots of free time. That ends in a few weeks! I was hoping to lose some weight, but I'm still about 200lbs. Beer is tasty.

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    How much do I want to ride? 15 miles a day. How much do I ride? Maybe 2x a week at 8 miles a clip. Maybe. Having a home in need of repairs and renovations going on eats up all my time. Can't wait to get SOME time to ride.

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    I have always just focused on skills. Like I finally climbed that.... Type of deal. But I am thinking next year this is a fun thing and I will set a goal. Congrats to everyone.

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    From 12/26/11 through 11/11/12, 180 hours on the road, including commuting, track and cyclocross, 80 hours on the mountain bike, and also some running and "other," mostly physical therapy and a little weights.

    I don't track my miles.

    I'd planned a 450 hour season, but I wasn't very systematic about my planning and had a difficult class in the winter that dragged my riding time way down, to mostly just commuting. During the summer I worked a "real job" that was too far to commute too, and made it difficult to get a lot of volume in during the week, although I did manage some and I learned an approach to planning that I hope will help me ride a bit more again, and follow a schedule better, next year.

    In 2011, I rode about 440 hours, but not in a terribly disciplined way. I'm actually a little faster this year, despite riding less. I think that's the track nights.

    My overarching goal is really just to have fun riding my bike. I'm a competitive person and like pushing myself, so I enjoy racing. This season's goal was mainly to avoid backsliding too much. It hasn't been the hardest year of my degree - I've been able to remove some distractions that were effecting me in previous years - but it's been the most time consuming, and my SO moved to a new city, torpedoing a bunch of my riding days if I have my priorities in the right order.

    Next season, I dunno. I'm doing some major stuff in my real life and don't know where I'll be located by summer. I'm going to try to do a disciplined base period in the winter so that wherever I am, and whatever discipline I'm racing, I can mix it up. Also because if I put things on my calendar, I run and ride more than if I don't.
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    Whopping 2300 dirt miles give and take a few hundreds, just a bit shy of a 7000 miles goal

    Non-bike related injury took me out mid season it not too bad now.

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    Wow! Thanks guys! That's what I was curious about. I mainly ride to have a good time and keep me sane, the analytical part of me makes me keep track though. Thanks for the input! I will keep my goal of this year and hopefully achieve it in 2013. I also plan on obtaining a road bike and putting miles in there for fitness.

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    I have a 24 on 48 off work schedule so I get out on one of my off days for a 20 mile ride. With extra days thrown in every now and then I get in 2500+ mtb miles on average for a year.
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    Count: 259 Activities
    Distance: 3,661.52 mi
    Time: 405:53:16 h:m:s
    Elevation Gain: 386,507 ft
    Avg Speed: 9.0 mph
    Calories: 286,893 C
    Max Distance: 86.06 mi
    Max Speed: 43.1 mph
    Max Avg Speed: 20.6 mph
    Max Elevation Gain: 13,350 ft

    I try to ride everyday, so far have come pretty short - there has been 331 days and I only have gone out 259 times. All miles are MTB.

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    This thread makes me want to set a goal for next year. Miles and elevation gain. Maybe I'll start with a paltry 750 miles and go from there. Still don't get how I can't find enough time to ride when I only work 9 days a month.

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    To date:
    Count: 169 Activities
    Distance: 5,040.97 mi
    Time: 327:11:01 h:m:s
    Elevation Gain: 230,430 ft
    Avg Speed: 16.3 mph
    Avg HR: 152 bpm
    Avg Bike Cadence: 87 rpm
    Calories: 170,545 C
    Max Speed: 55.5 mph
    Avg Distance: 29.83 mi
    Max Distance: 74.55 mi
    Max Elevation Gain: 5,518 ft
    Max HR: 187 bpm
    Avg Elevation Gain: 1,557 ft
    Max Avg Speed: 23.2 mph

    About 70% of these are road miles. My goal was 5,500 for the year. I try to beat my previous by a minimum of 500 each year. Should not have an issue making this. I find that having a goal helps me to get out and ride more, especially if I don't have an event or something specific in mind.

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    Report from Last 365:

    Count: 194 Activities
    Distance: 2,798.99 mi
    Elevation Gain: 222,937 ft
    Avg Time: 1:34:11

    I hate looking at this. I thought I rode more, but realizing I'm a sad excuse for a mountain biker. My rides are average 1:34 - and that's because I pretty much only do "lunch rides".

    I don't own a road bike, and pretty much have no road miles from this year - besides the CX loops I do. I also only raced once this year.

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    216 rides just about 4000 km.

    I just track it on my calendar

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    Close to breaking 2,000 for the year. Mostly all road miles. Any more than that for me and it becomes and obsession.
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    With my wife's help, I am very near my goal of riding at least once a week.
    (I get help because she knows it keeps me sane )
    I think it averaged out after a few multi-day bike/camping trips.
    1,400 miles and counting - about 50% singletrack, ~70% off road.

    I had other goals, though:

    Get daughter riding off road.
    Get more beginners riding off road.
    Have fun.

    Slam dunk on goals this year!
    (damn, now I'm going to start expecting things of myself )

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    This year has been a once in a lifetime thing

    As of today I am at 9760 miles, nearing 700 hours on 3 bikes averaging almost 2 hours a day. By years end I will double my next best year which was last year. It was awesome for my fitness and health but will not be repeated next year. Too much time away from work and family. It will be nice to say I did over 10,000 miles in a year at age 52. I should hit that mark by about Dec. 4th or 5th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    As of today I am at 9760 miles, nearing 700 hours on 3 bikes averaging almost 2 hours a day. By years end I will double my next best year which was last year. It was awesome for my fitness and health but will not be repeated next year. Too much time away from work and family. It will be nice to say I did over 10,000 miles in a year at age 52. I should hit that mark by about Dec. 4th or 5th.

    On January 1st, 2012 I weighed 212 lbs, this morning I weighed 166.
    That is unbelievable! What an inspiration to others! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    As of today I am at 9760 miles, nearing 700 hours on 3 bikes averaging almost 2 hours a day. By years end I will double my next best year which was last year. It was awesome for my fitness and health but will not be repeated next year. Too much time away from work and family. It will be nice to say I did over 10,000 miles in a year at age 52. I should hit that mark by about Dec. 4th or 5th.

    On January 1st, 2012 I weighed 212 lbs, this morning I weighed 166.
    Awesome! +1 for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    As of today I am at 9760 miles, nearing 700 hours on 3 bikes averaging almost 2 hours a day. By years end I will double my next best year which was last year. It was awesome for my fitness and health but will not be repeated next year. Too much time away from work and family. It will be nice to say I did over 10,000 miles in a year at age 52. I should hit that mark by about Dec. 4th or 5th.

    On January 1st, 2012 I weighed 212 lbs, this morning I weighed 166.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    As of today I am at 9760 miles, nearing 700 hours on 3 bikes averaging almost 2 hours a day. By years end I will double my next best year which was last year. It was awesome for my fitness and health but will not be repeated next year. Too much time away from work and family. It will be nice to say I did over 10,000 miles in a year at age 52. I should hit that mark by about Dec. 4th or 5th.

    On January 1st, 2012 I weighed 212 lbs, this morning I weighed 166.

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    Thanks all!

    It took much support/understanding from those it affected and a lot of nice FL weather to pull it off.
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    My only goal: to go out and ride. Who cares about metrics?
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    On April 1, 2012, I hadn't owned a bike in more than ten years. I decided I'd buy a bike to help me continue losing weight, and get 500 miles in before the end of the year. As of today, I have 536.4 miles of mostly New England singletrack under my tires. My plan, weather permitting, is to get another 80 or so in by the end of the year. I bought an exercise bike on Friday, and hope to get an additional 100-150 on that, too.

    I've lost 140 pounds since 10/2011. 73 bike rides have contributed 63k calories to that effort. Easily my most fun calories.

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    Since my commute to the trail is zero we ride about five days a week, sometimes more and sometimes a day less and rides are anywhere from 10 miles on Guacamole to 26+ miles. I don't keep track of miles...but rather I tend to keep track of the "smiles".
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    Quote Originally Posted by millargeo View Post
    On April 1, 2012, I hadn't owned a bike in more than ten years. I decided I'd buy a bike to help me continue losing weight, and get 500 miles in before the end of the year. As of today, I have 536.4 miles of mostly New England singletrack under my tires. My plan, weather permitting, is to get another 80 or so in by the end of the year. I bought an exercise bike on Friday, and hope to get an additional 100-150 on that, too.

    I've lost 140 pounds since 10/2011. 73 bike rides have contributed 63k calories to that effort. Easily my most fun calories.
    That's fantastic! I am sure that with all that you have accomplished, cycling has become a way of life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by millargeo View Post
    On April 1, 2012, I hadn't owned a bike in more than ten years. I decided I'd buy a bike to help me continue losing weight, and get 500 miles in before the end of the year. As of today, I have 536.4 miles of mostly New England singletrack under my tires. My plan, weather permitting, is to get another 80 or so in by the end of the year. I bought an exercise bike on Friday, and hope to get an additional 100-150 on that, too.

    I've lost 140 pounds since 10/2011. 73 bike rides have contributed 63k calories to that effort. Easily my most fun calories.
    Congrats

    + Very impressive!
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    Majority road miles because well thats what I have close by. Goal: ride bike to work every day and retire car to grocery getter. Also: consistently climb this bear of a hill that I have to get up to get to work.

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    I try to ride 100 miles a week of 2-4 mountain rides with easy rides in between mostly on pavement. I'm closing in on 2K miles of real mountain bike rides for the year and about 3K of easy rides around town. From those stats I'd say I met my goals but not exacly.

    This was the year I started out pushing hard to build up my endurance aiming for 50+ miles rides. It was a good start but it didn't take long to realize my bodily limits as I approach my late 40's. Now I aim to stay healthy in order to do some sort of ride everyday. That means fewer long rides at a more sustainable pace, which mileage-wise is still within my goals.

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    I started tracking in July - 2300 miles and 160 hours. Plus a run a week.

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    I've never thought about setting a goal other than have fun on my bike whenever I can but I did enjoy watching my ODO mount up over time on my old bike, I got hit by a car in February and my bike got wrecked so any goals would have been short anyway

    I haven't put my cycle computer on my new bike either so I don't even know how many miles I have done on new bike so far.

    I just done a quick sum , i'd be happy getting out to do my frequent trundle/legstretch 3 times a week(just over 6 miles) and about 30 miles at the weekend which worked out at around 2500 miles , I think 2000 is a realistic goal for me but I have plans next year to ride alot more longer rides so maybe i'll get a new computer and see how I fair from January 1st 2013

    All as offroad as I can possibly get, I only ride tarmac coz I have to to get to dirt


    Having said that, it's rarely about distance for me, I can be happy spending a couple of hours messing about on trails inside a local park and not clock very many miles at all
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    My goal this year was to bypass my 2003 miles/262,000 Ascent from last year......currently 2650 miles/344,000 Ascent....now I am eyballing 3000/400,000 by the end of the year. All on the mtb.

    This will also be the first time in the last 3 years that I haven't missed any time due to injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    As of today I am at 9760 miles, nearing 700 hours on 3 bikes averaging almost 2 hours a day. By years end I will double my next best year which was last year. It was awesome for my fitness and health but will not be repeated next year. Too much time away from work and family. It will be nice to say I did over 10,000 miles in a year at age 52. I should hit that mark by about Dec. 4th or 5th.

    On January 1st, 2012 I weighed 212 lbs, this morning I weighed 166.
    That is so awesome! And 10k miles in a year is pretty damn impressive.

    I'm 110 miles until I hit 1,500 and I was pretty proud of myself for that (until I read what you crazy folks are doing!). Guess I got some more ridin' to do.
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