Tonight, on Harney Lane, east of Devries Road and west of Davis Road, I achieved my 10,000 mile goal - nearly a month before my fifth anniversary on the bike. Last December I set the goal to reach that number on or before July 16, exactly five years since I started riding. In order to make my goal, I’d need to ride over 1,800 miles in just over six months. For many riders I know that would not be much of a challenge, but given that I only rode 1,100 miles last year, 1,065 in 2006 and 1,800 in 2005, hitting 1,800 in half a year was going to be tough.
To mark the occasion, here are some stats.
2003 1,179.21 miles 2004 2,951.92 2005 1,804.92 2006 1,065.19 2007 1,174.64 2008 1,832.67
10,008.55 miles 7/16/03 - 6/19/08 678:25:27 15.157 average speed 391 rides
3,481 miles on Trek1000
6,519 miles on Specialized Roubaix
I’ve met a lot of great people being out on my bike and I know I’m not winning an award here but I did want to thank a few particular people.
Mike and Harold - I’ve logged over 1,600 with these two guys after I met them in ’06. I had been off the bike for a few months and just ventured out for a slow spin. After a few miles I saw them ahead of me and fought against my legs to catch up with them. After that ride we stayed in touch and I have truly enjoyed getting to know them and sharing quite a few Sundays with them. Two kinder and more generous guys would be tough to find.
Chuck - the friend that got me into cycling. I kept talking and talking and talking about riding. Well, he was the one that told me to shut up and buy a bike. I did and then a few weeks later he showed up at my door and proceeded to kick my butt every ride I ever did with him. “Cycling rewards consistency” was the only thing he said to me more often than, “c’mon!”. He gave up a lot of his time to ride with me and Bill (the Newman Bike Club) and eventually taught me how to climb. He doesn’t ride anymore but I still hear him in my ear every time I go uphill. He was the one to show me what became my favorite ride: Mt. Diablo, which I re-visited 19 times. Now Chuck, get back on your bike!
Dawn, Emily and Makenzy - my awesome family. I am so lucky to have your unconditional support. You have never, not even once, complained about the time I spend on my bike and are always waiting for me to hear all about my ride, sometimes in excruciating detail. Every moment I spend on the bike is a moment away from you guys and I appreciate that you support my crazy hobby (is that what it’s called). I love you!
My bros - you’ve even gone out and rode with me (some more than others) and you all have always made me feel like Lance Armstrong. Let’s ride!
My next goal? To reach my next 10,000 in 1,239 days - that’s November 11, 2011 - less than 3.5 years. At just under 3k miles per year I’m pretty confident I can hit that one before Mike and I turn 40!
Ride on! Ride on!