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My end of year goal: 1,000 miles

Posted in bike commute by metaljaybird on October 14, 2008
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So, admittedly, it seems as the colder months settle in, my weekly average goes down.  What can I say?  I enjoy riding, but not to the point of insanity (yet).  I have my on weeks and my off weeks, but I’m certainly not as locked in as I was this summer.  My weekend riding has been virtually nonexistent, as I’ve been preoccupied with children, house stuff, and studying.  I plan on riding this weekend while at my inlaws’ house.

That stated, I do want to hit 1,000 miles by the end of the year.  I am at 744 miles since I started logging my daily mileage.  I think the 266 miles will actually inspire me to ride more consistently each week.  If I go above that goal, I will be very satisfied.

I’ll then reset the odometer next January and start fresh with my yearly log.  I have no idea what my goal will be come next year, as I don’t even know how much I’ll finish with this year.  Remember, I started riding to work on May 16th or thereabouts.

I think my wife is going to be getting me bike panniers for Christmas.  Though I found this sweet link about DIY panniers, so maybe I can get her to make these!  She’s real handy with the sewing machine.

Sorry my entries here have been lacking.  Work has been busy, and I’ve been trying to get some progress on my certifications.  I will have to make more of an effort to write.

This morning’s ride was quite uneventful.  I noticed more trash and debris on the streets, but that’s about it.  I spotted a couple middle schoolers riding their bikes on the sidewalk.  I think my tires need to be inflated, as it has been weeks since I checked their pressure.

Oh, and I’m not supportive of that bailout, nor the tax incentives that was pork rolled into the bill for bicycle commuters.  I think when we bailout bankers and hot shot Wall Street execs, in the end, we all lose.  I digress, I have a different blog devoted to politics and economics.  Anyway, I lean Austrian in the economic approach.  If you are interested in discussing this further, hit me up, and I’ll gladly send you some links.

Looking back at these past 5 months, I wish I had taken a picture of that Castle Grayskull I spotted on a trail along the tracks in Mt. Tabor/Denville:

What an awesome find.  I should ride back sometime and check to see if it is still there.  No joke.

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  1. Dean said,

    Go for it man. And you could always use the metric system. Kilometers build up fast!
    Great diy pannier link. I need another pannier soon, I think I’ll go this route…the $12 nashbar grocery pannier I bought a few months ago is now like $35!

  2. metaljaybird said,

    Hey Dean,

    For some reason, I’ve been unable to compute in kilometers. I understand the logic behind it, compared to our current system, and I actually saw a speed limit sign somewhere in NJ that was marked in KMs!!

    Actually, I remember finishing Fourth in a 5k when I was 10 years old for kids in my class. This is because I walked half of it and then sped it up towards the end. Yeah, I was fast back in the day.


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