|The finish of my first Ride the Rockies in|
2005 remains one of the highlights of my
personal journey with weight loss.
I'm not big on making resolutions but I am big on setting goals. My friend Dane captured my thoughts exactly in a recent post on the subject:
"I see the New Year’s Resolutions which people set as being very bold and wonderful. Unfortunately, they are often so broad and far-reaching that they themselves up to fail. I suggest, instead, to set smaller goals and to set them daily. Each day brings its own triumphs and tribulations."Rather than "resolving to lose weight," I have found that setting a goal such as "completing Ride the Rockies 2013" works better for me. In order to complete Ride the Rockies I have to train. Last year I rode 1,570 miles between January 1 and June 9, the first day of the 2012 ride.
-- Dane Rauschenberg, SeeDaneRun.com
This year my goal is to up that to 2,000 miles between now and June 8 (the anticipated start of the ride--the official dates/route will be announced at the 2013 Route Announcement Party on Saturday, February 2nd). June 8 is 158 days from today so I need to average 12.66 miles per day, or just under 90 miles per week between now and then.
Today's goal was to ride one one-hundredth, or .01 percent of that goal, 20 miles. So I got on my indoor trainer and rode 20 miles at a pace of 19.7 mph. Goal accomplished. Today's triumph and tribulation. And I'm already 7.34 miles ahead of average :)