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Cycling Goals for 2017

Old 01-01-17, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RShantz View Post
I've done this ride every year. If you get appropriate gearing, you should easily meet your goal. I'd imagine Howard's Gap was fun with the 39-28.


For me, I'd love a 5% increase in power while dropping 5lbs for a fighting weight of 130lbs.
If it was just Howard Gap's 18% straight up for 1000 ft, I think I would have survived. But the 20 mph headwind was just plain rude!!
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Old 01-01-17, 11:44 PM
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2016 was my first full year cycling, was happy with dropping my weight down to 148lb from 165lb over 45xx mikes. Goal for 2017 is to climb more and to get stronger/faster on 30-65mile rides. My best for metric century was 18.x average, and I would like to get myself to stay in the 20+ average for 30+ miles.
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Old 01-01-17, 11:57 PM
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Simple. More time on the bike and more miles than last year.
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Old 01-02-17, 06:50 PM
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I'm keeping my goals attainable for me. They will seem small compared to many here.

1. Ride the hell out of the indoor trainer this winter starting the season in much better shape than last year.
2. Drop 20 lbs to get to 165 (well maybe it's 25 after the last couple weeks)
3. 2000 miles with lots of climbing.
4. Ride around Canandaigua Lake and achieving that, shoot for riding around Seneca Lake, NY.
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Old 01-03-17, 08:20 AM
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If I had any wish/goal is to map out some new routes to ride on. It gets a little boring doing the same ones. The challenge living here is the river and highway system funnels you to certain passages. Finding safe roads also a problem.
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Old 01-03-17, 08:40 AM
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Century. was a goal last year but life/children conspired against me. I'm already on the trainer getting ready for weather to break. Need to get weight down HUGE this year, I'd imagine that training for the century will do that, but I've gotta get my eating/drinking in order, football season with my boys and the holidays were rough on me this year, I won't bother with the shear numbers I need to deal with, its pretty obscene, even for me.
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Old 01-03-17, 11:09 AM
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I would like to return to group riding. I returned to cycling in July '15 after a 10 year hiatus and a lower leg amputation (after getting hit by a car). While it has taken a bit longer to get my fitness back that I had originally hope, I am just about ready to drop in on the pack riding I used to enjoy so much....
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Old 01-03-17, 11:11 AM
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Sub-4:30 Clarksville, TN Century.
Deuce award at Tulsa Tough Gran Fondo.
8,000 miles for the year.
At least 25 metrics.
At least 12 centuries.
Gain medical clearance to ride MTB/serious gravel again.
Drop and keep off 5 pounds.
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Old 01-03-17, 11:18 AM
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3K miles.
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Old 01-03-17, 12:15 PM
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Got my new Look frame, a new groupo, new saddle, new Strava/Garmin integration.....new motivation.

That said I have a 15 year-old daughter and 10 other obsessions that keep me busy (and poor). So I'm setting my goal for 2017 as riding the equiv of riding from L.A. to N.Y. 2,700 - 2,800 miles. A lot of my riding here in So. CA is hilly so many of my miles are tough.

Looking forward to this year!
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Old 01-03-17, 12:24 PM
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My cycling goal: Enjoy cycling.
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Old 01-03-17, 12:26 PM
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4.0 w/kg
And a podium.
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Old 01-03-17, 02:31 PM
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Ride more.
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Old 01-03-17, 09:12 PM
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Ride from Asheville to Charlotte.
Do well in the Assault on Mt Mitchell... win a race or 2 otherwise
400 watts for 20 mins
Reached the goal in my signature (25 miles in an hour) last year - took over 300 watts for an hour, quite happy with that
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Old 01-04-17, 01:26 AM
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OK, ala DXChulo, I'll do a Whitney ride:

15 laps on 887' climb over 2.5 miles.

Total 92 miles including the 17 & 2k to get there & back.

Will make it a group event- however many laps you want.
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Old 01-04-17, 07:35 AM
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1.) Ride more. I let a lot of things get in the way of my health and fitness this year. I don't want another repeat of that in 2017.
1. a) Start commuting to work by bike, which was one of the things that got sidelined this past fall.
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Old 01-05-17, 09:41 AM
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In no particular order:
See one or more stages of the Giro.
Ride more.
Ride the Passo dello Stelvio.
Take a two/three day hike in the Alps.
See my son graduate from school
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Old 01-05-17, 09:44 AM
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To make @RPK79 eat my gravel dust. Stretch goal is to drope him so hard that the dust settles before he can come through and eat it.
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Old 01-05-17, 09:46 AM
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To make @RPK79 eat my gravel dust. Stretch goal is to drope him so hard that the dust settles before he can come through and eat it.
Actually, my goal is to not get too fat with a new baby under my charge, but what fun is that?
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Old 01-05-17, 10:11 AM
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Cross Florida

April 2nd, 170 mile ride from Cocoa Beach to Spring Hill
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Old 01-05-17, 10:51 AM
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My goals:

Lose 10 lbs so I'm comfortably under 180 again
Ride more total miles, preferably over 6k
Do at least 1 century this year. I've still only done 1 since 2011.
Race more frequently to support my teammates, don't get dropped in said races
Stop and take pictures more often
Maybe get some new wheels?

That's about it.
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Race more frequently to support my teammates, don't get dropped in said races
Stop and take pictures more often
Just don't stop to take pics on the lead-out.
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Old 01-05-17, 12:52 PM
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Climb a half million feet
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Old 01-05-17, 08:31 PM
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Goals: Figure out a work/cycling balance, ride my first century, improve my fitness/speed so I can flip the stem back , take more vacations with a bike (get a folding/break-away bike or travel case?). Also get an easy to use camera for taking pictures on the bike.

Implementation: Start riding before I go to work instead of after I'm home. Use structured workouts instead of random intervals.
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Old 01-05-17, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by OwenMeany View Post
I would like to return to group riding. I returned to cycling in July '15 after a 10 year hiatus and a lower leg amputation (after getting hit by a car). While it has taken a bit longer to get my fitness back that I had originally hope, I am just about ready to drop in on the pack riding I used to enjoy so much....
Nice. Keep us posted. I think a lot of us around here would be interested in your setbacks and accomplishments, under these unique circumstances.
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