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    2015 Miles, Highs, and Lows

    ok people, it's time...what did your 2015 look like on two wheels?

    For me...
    Distance: 5,350.5 mi (mostly all MTB miles)
    Time: 531h 42m
    Elev Gain: 460,919 ft
    Rides: 230

    High points -
    1. Completing the AZT300 in under 3 days! (One Gear Ray: Bye Bye Monkey...)
    2. Much more intensity in my riding and better bike handling skills
    3. Still married after spending all the above time on my bike
    4. New friends met from biking and the same old ones too!

    Low points -
    1. DNF's of Coco250 ITT (One Gear Ray: A Doctor and Two Engineers), the Curmudgeon 100 Invitational, and the Picket Post Punisher (ha ha...so weak!)
    2. Coming to grips with a 50 year old body that is wearing out and limits my ability to do ultra-endurance events

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    Distance: 5,350.5 mi (mostly all MTB miles)
    Time: 531h 42m
    Elev Gain: 460,919 ft
    Rides: 230
    Dude, that's a sh!t-ton of anger right there. I'm going to nab one more ride today to round out the year, but at first glance I'm not too far behind you on time, yet barely have 1/2 those miles & gain. You sir, are a machine and constantly provide motivation for me to improve. Thanks to you & Jeffro I can never use age as an excuse!! Keep on mashing....
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    So many trips this year that I can't even remember them all. Aspen/Snowmass, Breck, Keystone, Winter Park, Sol Vista, Moab, Flag, Sunrise, Sedona, Tucson, Angelfire. Couple 12 hour races-Fury and Papago

    My only lows were the days I didn't ride my bike.
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    I'll play, All mtn biking and about 2/3rd as a SS.

    Distance 6,350.4 mi
    Time 548h 16m
    Elev Gain 389,757 ft
    Rides 247

    Highs - The joy i get from enjoying great rides with others that share the same love of the outdoors and riding as well as the beer afterwards. Also knowing that one can still ride very strong even after they turn 50 keeps me going.

    Lows - all of the numerous dumb and avoidable crashes that resulted in very slow recovery from said injuries.

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    Still managed to have a pretty decent year, not my best numbers wise... but not terrible. Having two daughters who are just about in their teen years can take a lot of time. Finding the balance is tough and something I hope to improve on in 2016.

    Miles: 2853
    Hours: 302
    Elevation: 241k
    Rides: 198

    Highlights:
    24HOP with friends
    Getting crushed by the prescott mini monster AES course but still finishing in record slow time! https://www.strava.com/activities/299573069
    Flag to GC route with friends https://www.strava.com/activities/359767611
    FOTP!!! https://www.strava.com/activities/440555764

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    That's alot of miles! I need to start logging mine.
    26 ain't dead....

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    211 Rides on MTB
    4648 miles
    256,295 ft. elev. gain

    Highs:
    Got a buckle at Leadville
    Met personal time goals at Whiskey 50, Tahoe 100, and Baja 100.
    Watched the new trails at Sonoran open up behind my house.
    Encouraged a few new riders to take up mountain biking and watching them get hooked/addicted.

    Lows:
    Rode 32 days less this year than 2014

    Happy New Year!

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    Yikes that them there is a lot of miles!

    For me...
    Distance: 225 miles!
    Time: 45hr !
    Elev Gain: not much?
    Rides: 45ish

    High: just the ability to ride. A few years ago I didn't know if bum knee was going to hold together or not!

    Lows: breakdowns and inability to find more time to ride and increase cardio.

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    132,238 ft climing

    Almost all done with my 8 and 10 yr olds...they both broke the 2000mi mark this year!!

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    MTB data:

    Distance: 2,445.5 mi
    Time: 281h 12m
    Elev Gain: 202,520 ft
    Rides: 97

    Highs:
    - AZT300 finish 3:05
    - PicketPost Pulverizer finish before dark
    - Great success in keeping healthy and flexible with gym time around work and riding
    - lots more other fun cross training stuff like, hiking, skateboarding, goofing off with the kids, driving less
    - Singlespeeding more

    Lows:
    - Gila 100 DNF (shouldn't have happened. I lost the head game)
    - not getting to NoAZ enough this year

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    Distance 2,126.6 mi
    Time 220h 28m
    Elev Gain 169,980 ft
    Rides 101

    completing the BCT from Hwy 69 to Deem Hills in one ride and making more AES rides.

    Gained weight (got fat and slow)
    about 300 miles less than last year.
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    Damn, you bastards ride hard. Kudos. I have never logged miles, but...

    I just try to push my skills on each ride, clear sections I never have before, explore new trails and enjoy the relationship between man & machine.

    Highs:
    - Acquiring my dream bike (SC Bronson)
    - 3 day MTB camp in Big Bear + trips to Flag & NM
    - Best blood work I've had in 5 years thanks to riding
    - Making new friends in the MTB community and learning from them

    Lows:
    - The scars on my shins that may never fully heal
    - Watching the wife take a log to the face after a MTB crash
    - Workdays when I cannot ride
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    (1) Crashing on top of a rattlesnake and not getting bit
    (2) South Mountain's post-monsoon road closure (cutting down weekend traffic on National for a couple months)
    (3) El Niņo winter rains and tacky trails
    (4) Sunrise rides on Pass Mountain
    (5) Early autumn ride on Bug Springs/Prison Camp (Mt. Lemmon)

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    Too. Long. Just put a link to strava or something next year.
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    Distance - 1614
    Time - 203 hours
    Elev Gain - 131K
    rides - 119

    Highs:
    - Completing the Whiskey 15 with my wife, she was a new rider
    - MTBing with my 8 year old son

    Lows:
    - Not finding/making time to ride more

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    At 67 y/o, I'm thrilled with my stats.
    Distance- 2671
    Elevation -82,861
    Time- 302

    Highs: being from Boston, I enjoyed my 6 weeks in Scottsdale and one week in Sedona.

    Retired and living on Cape Cod all summer

    Lows.
    Just snowed but, as a high, I'm leaving next week for Florida and then AZ.


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    Awesome numbers by all. Frankly, I stopped keeping track....just a personal decision on my part.

    Highlight of the year: making my flagstaff dreams come true (ski and bike), marrying a woman easily 5-times out of my league

    Downer of the year: n/a

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    Mixed road/dirt "wanna-be-a-real-cyclist-but-failed-bigtime" ride stats:

    141 activities
    1668.2 miles
    166:57:49 ride time
    181,797' elevation gain
    10.0 mph av speed
    191,201 calories

    Highs: Just being able to escape reality with each ride

    Lows: Working way too much!

    Goals: Aiming for 2K miles in 2016.
    life is... "All About Bikes"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    At 67 y/o, I'm thrilled with my stats.
    Distance- 2671
    Elevation -82,861
    Time- 302

    Highs: being from Boston, I enjoyed my 6 weeks in Scottsdale and one week in Sedona.

    Retired and living on Cape Cod all summer

    Lows.
    Just snowed but, as a high, I'm leaving next week for Florida and then AZ.


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    Awesome mileage for being 67.

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    Okay, I'll play.

    3859 miles
    149,950 ft gain
    321 hrs
    209 rides
    117 bpm avg HR

    High - turned 60 last monday and just glad to be healthy and living large in AZ. Hit my goal for C4 and TdS.

    Low - nothing worth mentioning.

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    Thanks for sharing everyone...what I find so great is that happiness and accomplishment is NOT measured by miles... but about how time on top of our bikes creates happiness. And what's so cool is that in some cases, spending time on our bikes not only made us happy but created avenues though which we improved other parts of our lives.
    Although I love getting faster and being competitive, its people like Schilling, Maad, Chollaball, Zemski, RajunCajun, JoeP etc, that remind me that it's the experience that you remember...not the KOM, the Kudos, the BS...Good peeps that inspired me years ago with their posts.
    SO, with that, here's my parting thoughts....
    Do epic stuff...find ways to experience AZ on two wheels. Find your limits in a safe way. You will realize that limits are in your head...do it NOW..while your body can. Keep the family happy but gently convince them that life is a balance...
    And I would highly encourage you to do the AES events...seriously...I don't thing we've either killed anyone or had an unsatisfied rider...don't use the excuse that you're not ready. You ARE ready...if you are in doubt, reach out to me, Schilling (freeskier) or anyone else on the forum.
    Get some in 2016!!!!

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    Snagged one more ride for 2015 this afternoon down in Casa Grande, really solid system if you haven't been BTW.

    Highs:
    Just getting out there exploring new places, riding familiar trails, hanging with friends, HAB'ing... Generally, any time I'm out on my bike is a high.

    Low:
    Really only one, fractured my wrist in Feb. derailing my plans for an AZTR750 attempt. But now the calendar flips to 2016 and another attempt is only 3 1/2 months away.

    Here's an interesting comparison of stats between Garmin & Strava (via VeloViewer)

    Garmin Stats:
    Count: 73 Rides
    Distance: 2,474.48 mi
    Avg Distance: 33.90 mi (I think these two stats are hilarious for some reason.)
    Max Distance: 218.76 mi
    Calories: 152,493 C
    Avg Speed: 5.2 mph
    Elevation Gain: 242,260 ft
    Avg Elevation Gain: 3,319 ft
    Max Elevation Gain: 17,633 ft
    Time: 471:45:36 h:m:s
    Avg Time: 6:27:45 h:m:s
    Max Time: 51:39:50 h:m:s
    Elevation Loss: 243,915 ft

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    I forgot one key statistic... # of pics taken while riding...
    me..... 12.... yes f*cking twelve pictures. That's the only reason i covered more ground Schilling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seandm View Post
    Awesome mileage for being 67.
    66 years old here, rode my age on my birthday, and did 9 Arizona rides totaling 430 miles. I missed two full months due to injuries/travel. Doing the toughest Tahoe ride, Mt. Rose down Toads, twice, solo and all on dirt. New bike just in time for my last trip. Totals for the year and all dirt:

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    66th birthday

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    Rose down Toads, twice.

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    Pictures, I take an average of 3 or 4 each ride out even if it's the same place over and over throughout the year. Whenever I am within a cell phone signal while I am out on the dirt, I snap a few and send them to my riding buddies that I am close with and they do the same for me. Sometimes they are at work and the pics I send give them a little high. Sometimes I get pics from friends while I am at work and it certainly lifts my spirits. I think that it is important to include that I have made some wonderful friends here on this website and I am sure that you all have, too. Friends make everything better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    66 years old here, rode my age on my birthday, and did 9 Arizona rides totaling 430 miles. I missed two full months due to injuries/travel. Doing the toughest Tahoe ride, Mt. Rose down Toads, twice, solo and all on dirt. New bike just in time for my last trip. Totals for the year and all dirt:

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    Rose down Toads, twice.

    for 66, that is truly impressive and inspirational

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajunCajun44 View Post
    for 66, that is truly impressive and inspirational
    Did I mention two artificial knees that hurt all the time despite a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant and codeine while on the trail? Beats dying on the couch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Did I mention two artificial knees that hurt all the time despite a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant and codeine while on the trail? Beats dying on the couch.
    at least drink a beer or two for me tonight you deserve it

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    @Wherewolf, that's great! Maybe one day I can join the high mile club.
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    2015 Miles, Highs, and Lows

    Rajuncajun and Wherewolf. I'm impressed. I better start my 2016 mileage right now.


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    Some impressive miles some of you guys crank out. Kudos
    In terms of miles, 2015 was my best year ever pedaling the push bike. I know this because I've been keeping track of my rides since 1989 when I got my first cyclometer.

    Distance: 1,857 mi (all MTB miles)
    Time: 247h
    Elev Gain: 218,193 ft
    Rides: 136

    High points -
    1. Riding in 6 states
    2. No major crashes
    3. Still married
    4. Still riding w/ my wife who I met while mtn biking in 1993
    5. Rain during the driest months of the year made for the best May-June for riding in Flag ever.

    Low points -
    1. None. Still doing it. Enuff said.

    New school.
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    Old school.
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    Gratuitous selfie.
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    Nice job everyone, those are some impressive numbers!


    I don't track my stats so my answer to all four points is - no clue.

    But I did a ton of great riding. Some highlights:



    - Freeskier's Queen's Ransom bikepack https://forums.mtbr.com/arizona/rr-q...ur-960672.html
    - Hurricane road trip https://forums.mtbr.com/utah/thank-y...ne-965613.html
    - Dixie 200 https://forums.mtbr.com/bikepacking-...-a-980045.html
    - Memorial Day, 4th and Labor Day trips to KernvilleCA
    - AZ trips for AES events - Aspen Asphyxiation, Picketpost, McDowell
    - weeklong trip to Idaho/Utah, bikepacked the White-Clouds prior to Wilderness closure
    - second trip to Utah - exploring the Unitas
    - weeklong trip to Durango/Moab https://forums.mtbr.com/passion/tr-d...st-991871.html
    - tons of regular weekend trips exploring around Socal
    - did lots of trail building last winter

    Low points? I did few after work rides, would like to change that. And would like to bike to work more often. Also, losing my triple crown of AES DFL finishes at McDowell by 2 minutes was kinda disappointing.

    Goals for 2016 - basically my trip list. 1) A week riding high country in CO. 2) A week in MT doing same. 3) A week in BC. Other weekend trips to UT/AZ/SoCal. And Rockman keeps telling me I have to go and ride Mt St. Helens.

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    For me so nice big gains.

    Completed my First Century ride ever. On dirt no less.
    Completed 4 AES rides plus Whiskey 50 and Fire on the Rim 45.
    Did my first and last ever Flight of the Pigs (this was the 20th year and the final one)
    I started single speed riding on occasion. (Simulated single speed- just leaving my geared bike in a SS common ratio)
    And most importantly I met and had fun with a lot of other riders.

    As for stats

    Combined Mtn and Road
    Miles 3590.4
    Elevation 276,358ft
    Hrs 323
    Rides 177
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickhall View Post
    (1) Crashing on top of a rattlesnake and not getting bit
    I would love to hear this story. How is that possible?
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    My 2015 was full of highs and some lows. I took my first podium this year (Whiskey 30 SS). Then followed it up with a second pleat FotR (30 mile SS). All of this lead up to a large plateau I'm my riding as the year came to a close. So I didn't hit my climbing goal this year, usually shoot for 110 ft/mile average. Ended up at 103 ft/mile. But I did ride more miles this year than last. Here are the stats: all are mountain miles.

    2,451 miles
    236 hours
    253,241 ft gained
    161 rides

    I'm so grateful for the awesome people I've met this year while riding. Social rides made a big impact on my riding this year. I have set my sights on longer races in 2016 and have begun planning for an AZT 300 attempt in 2017/18.

    Cheers to another year of riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coondog#77 View Post
    My 2015 was full of highs and some lows. I took my first podium this year (Whiskey 30 SS). Then followed it up with a second pleat FotR (30 mile SS). All of this lead up to a large plateau I'm my riding as the year came to a close. So I didn't hit my climbing goal this year, usually shoot for 110 ft/mile average. Ended up at 103 ft/mile. But I did ride more miles this year than last. Here are the stats: all are mountain miles.

    2,451 miles
    236 hours
    253,241 ft gained
    161 rides

    I'm so grateful for the awesome people I've met this year while riding. Social rides made a big impact on my riding this year. I have set my sights on longer races in 2016 and have begun planning for an AZT 300 attempt in 2017/18.

    Cheers to another year of riding!
    Way to go dude. I also have my eyes on a 2017 AZT 300 run. It's been in the back of my mind for a while, but I just need to say I'm doing it and give it a run. I'm not getting any damn younger haha. That being said, I have a lot of work to do this year to get ready. I've made it through a couple AES routes (very slowly) so I know I can do longer rides... but stringing them together on multiple consecutive days is what I'm having problems wrapping my mind around. Best of luck this year man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    For me so nice big gains.

    Completed my First Century ride ever. On dirt no less.
    Completed 4 AES rides plus Whiskey 50 and Fire on the Rim 45.
    Did my first and last ever Flight of the Pigs (this was the 20th year and the final one)
    I started single speed riding on occasion. (Simulated single speed- just leaving my geared bike in a SS common ratio)
    And most importantly I met and had fun with a lot of other riders.

    As for stats

    Combined Mtn and Road
    Miles 3590.4
    Elevation 276,358ft
    Hrs 323
    Rides 177
    Excellent Joe. Watching your improvement over the last year or two has been awesome. I wanna be like you man! Happy new year.

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    Mike,
    Just get out and ride and push yourself. You can do it if set your mind to it. I have seen your rides. It is not that far off of what I have been doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    Mike,
    Just get out and ride and push yourself. You can do it if set your mind to it.
    I agree. I find it easier to ride long distances multiple days in a row while bikepacking, than doing day rides. Maybe I pace myself better and end up doing more HAB which gives some muscles a breather. Nothing better than having nothing else to do but ride all day! If you are concerned about the 300 you could always start with easier events like Coconino, Dixie 200 do Gila 100 as a 2-day ride, or any of the bikepack routes Freeskier has put together. If I can swing the time off I plan on doing the AZT this year. But it will be over 5 days, maybe even 6 at my touring pace.

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    ^^^ Totally agree with Evan. Mentally, bikepacking is easier (as long as you don't self-inflict lofty mileage goals!). I think not having to "finish" at the end of a day lowers the risk since you're self-contained. Some of these long day rides are "must finish" activities unless you want to be coyote food! (or shiver like mad).
    I stressed about consecutive long days as well and found that you really just have to ride w/ in your fitness each day and eat a BIG meal each day to replenish muscles; preferably at the end of the day before sleeping...you'll wake up feeling like superman. Oh, and I'm a big fan of riding and sleeping in recovery socks and mixing a recovery shake before bed each night. Placebo effect? maybe...but i like it!
    I also agree with Evan on starting w an easier event...the Coco250 is an AWESOME way to do it since you have the social aspects at the end of each stage...highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    I agree. I find it easier to ride long distances multiple days in a row while bikepacking, than doing day rides. Maybe I pace myself better and end up doing more HAB which gives some muscles a breather. Nothing better than having nothing else to do but ride all day! If you are concerned about the 300 you could always start with easier events like Coconino, Dixie 200 do Gila 100 as a 2-day ride, or any of the bikepack routes Freeskier has put together. If I can swing the time off I plan on doing the AZT this year. But it will be over 5 days, maybe even 6 at my touring pace.
    Yeah I'm gonna have to get some bikepacks on the agenda this year for sure obviously. And yeah I will for sure be at a "touring pace" when I attempt in 2017. Looking at a similar time (5 or 6 days) as you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    ...the Coco250 is an AWESOME way to do it since you have the social aspects at the end of each stage...highly recommend it.
    I might need to try the 250 this year. It is far enough out that I can start preparing and hopefully get some shorter test bikepacking rides in. I suspect there is a lot of trial and error on gear selection, packing etc that is best done on a 2 day ride vs 4-5 day ride.
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    Not to totally derail this thread, but Evan & Ray nailed it. All of you guys, Joe, Rob, Mike have the fitness to do the 300...this year. I don't know what the percentage is, but it's well over 50% of being mentally prepared. There's no perfect bikepacking setup, heck I seem to tweak something every time I go out for various reasons. I.e. distance, weather, remoteness, etc. Seems no two bikepacking outings are the same, even if the route is the identical!!

    For me in this year's AZTR750 I have one and only one goal: finish. How long it takes is of no real concern of mine, of course I want to do it as fast as I possibly can. I'm under no illusion of my pacing though. Each day will present different challenges, but they will all be the same: get up, eat, drink, ride, repeat until exhausted, sleep, repeat until I reach Utah.

    Pretty much every ride I have planned until April is geared towards the AZTR is some fashion. I may take some flak for a few of my routes, but in the end I'm always better for it. Embrace the brutality!!
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    I quit keeping track in June after around 1500 miles. Keeping track of the numbers just seemed like too much work after a while. I have barely looked at my bike since early November. I probably ended up with less than 2000 miles almost 1000 of them being bikepacking.

    High points:
    Winning an entry to the Whiskey 30 a few days before the race and having the time of my life riding it on my new Horsethief with no expectations.
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    Supporting my kids racing NICA, MBAA, Whiskey, 24 HOP.
    Having a great season with the NICA team I coach with my wife. Little old Chino Valley with only 5 kids finished 7th in the state out of 40 teams.
    Doing the Idaho Hot Springs Route bike packing trip with my wife and kids. 12 days 540 miles. Temps between 32F and 110F.
    My daughter winning the U23 24 Hour Solo MTB World Championship. OK not me but I'm damn proud of her. She did 125 miles, 20,000' climbing.

    Low points:
    My wife being diagnosed with heart problems and blood clots in her lungs and legs 8 weeks before the Idaho trip. We went anyway.
    Breaking my knee while riding my dirt bike 7 weeks before our Idaho trip. We went anyway.
    DNF after 250 miles on the Colorado Trail race due to Achilles tendon issues and the realization that pushing a bike on the Colorado Trail is just dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twowheelchris View Post
    DNF after 250 miles on the Colorado Trail race due to Achilles tendon issues and the realization that pushing a bike on the Colorado Trail is just dumb.
    Major kudos Chris for lining up for that!

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    Thanks Ray but it was just one of those things I had to try. I think you would crush it.

    I was not even that psyched or in shape to do it but I had the time and I figured I'd have to think about it for another year if I didn't go. It was really hard but it was all the pushing that took a toll on my ankles. They were swollen as big as my calves by the time I got home. After the initial ride out of town from Durango and the roads on the wilderness bypasses I can't think of a single section of 5 continuous miles that did not involve significant HAB. I'm OK with HAB even really nasty stuff but getting on and off so much and some of the sections where I kept thinking, "It is just dumb to bring a bike here." made me wonder about the CT as a bike trail at all. I've ridden probably 2/3 of the AZT and it is WAY more bike friendly than the CT. Still, I may go back to finish the second half just to say I did it. I hear the half I didn't do is more rideable but there was no way I was going to finish it with my ankles like they were. Next time I may just ride flats with hiking shoes. I also got sick after day two and couldn't keep food down. At one point I was totally bonked pushing my bike for 7 hours on the Cataract and Coney segments. That sucked. At least the weather was great and the scenery awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madreptilian View Post
    I would love to hear this story. How is that possible?
    No idea how I didn't get bit, but I was able to pin the snake under my front tire while I was laying on my side and then pushed my bike and the snake a couple feet away so I could roll in the opposite direction. Before pushing it away, my thighs were on top of its body and my face was 12-18" away from the snake's head, which was facing me and bobbing back and forth trying to get out from underneath my tire. My HR monitor shows a sudden 90 degree vertical spike of about 40 bpm. My heart still thumps just talking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickhall View Post
    No idea how I didn't get bit, but I was able to pin the snake under my front tire while I was laying on my side and then pushed my bike and the snake a couple feet away so I could roll in the opposite direction. Before pushing it away, my thighs were on top of its body and my face was 12-18" away from the snake's head, which was facing me and bobbing back and forth trying to get out from underneath my tire. My HR monitor shows a sudden 90 degree vertical spike of about 40 bpm. My heart still thumps just talking about it.
    That is freaking nuts!

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    My '15 was going pretty strong up until I started a prolonged house remodeling project, saddle time has suffered ever since.

    2015 numbers per Strava:

    2,976 miles in 298.5 hours climbing 234,875 feet in 153 rides. Like Rob, a fair amount of my MTB time is now with my 10 year old son (who really doesn't slow me down much other than on the climbs).

    Oh and 2015 was a change up of bikes for me. The CAAD 10 road bike remains unchanged, but out with the KONA UNIT, and IN with two Trek Superfly's, one rigid SS and one FS geared.
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    I stopped keeping track long ago, but would bet the following is pretty accurate...
    Distance: ~480 mi (all MTB miles)
    Time: ~96h
    Elev Gain: ~14,400 ft
    Rides: ~24

    Highs;
    Having just as much fun in 2015 as I did when I started this mtn bike stuff in 1985.
    Enjoying the friendship and scenery way more these days.

    Lows;
    Working a tonne of hours, and not getting to ride as much as I would like.
    My bike, Slayer 70

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    I track most, but not all. I also throw quite a few moto rides in too. MTB and run miles are almost the same as last year. Swimming is way up. Strangely, I see swimming and running growing for 2016 and bikes might drop a little. Not that I like bikes any less, just that I am enjoying the others when I used to dislike them.

    MTB
    Distance 1,927.6 mi
    Time 191h 42m
    Elev Gain 183,212 ft
    Rides 150

    Runs
    Distance 75.5 mi
    Time 13h 0m
    Elev Gain 2,940 ft
    Runs 27

    Swims
    Distance 16,450 yd
    Time 6h 46m
    Swims 15

    Highlights of 2015:
    Expanded my riding network a lot this year. Only 25% of my rides seem to be solo lately.
    With lot's of help, pulled off two fun Beerduros.
    Prescott Beerduro was the most epic ride for me of the year.
    Rode lot's of new Somo trails and cleaned more tech lines
    Trained and race dirt sprint tri with my 12 year old daughter. Also made big cuts in time from year before.

    Lows
    Not getting my kids out on their bikes enough.
    Could not make schedule work for any of the shorter AES events. Will fix that this year.

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