Another month, another milestone. My bicycling has been a daily affair for some time now, and I’ve kept that streak alive. And that has made keeping my numbers consistently up from last year. I don’t want to leave big numbers to do at the end of 2020, and long rides aren’t a great idea in case of breakdowns or injuries. So I’m out there daily putting up the numbers. As I often do at the end of a month, I like to look at the statistics, so this is what this blog is about. No fake news here! Just A Dude’s journey by bike (non-motorized) through the streets of Austin, Texas.
As I wrote in Strava, my fitness app:
Had a couple of long stops. That’s riding every day (120) at 16.66 miles per day average and 116.66 miles per week average. At this rate I’ll achieve 6,000 miles for the year. That’s barring injury and illness (that bar has been lowered but so far so good). I don’t know why I’m doing it but so far can’t think of a good reason not to. Things could and likely will easily change and make it a lot harder. Not being fast or doing long rides, it’s definitely a time commitment. About 12 hours a week is two full days a month on the bike!
I still enjoy getting out from house arrest and it’s still legal so far. Wearing a mask when other people are around makes breathing more difficult. I’m also giving people a wide berth, avoiding roads with lots of people and bike lanes sometimes, too. Aside from the one fall due to an errant banner that caught my handlebars two weeks ago, I’ve had no wrecks, tickets or major mechanical issues. So this Dude just keeps pedalin’.
You can see my month includes a ride every day yet again in this chart.
The thing about all these miles is that overall, they may seem like a lot (to some), but broken down into small bits, it’s very doable. Not exactly easy, but possible. Days where it rained, I was tired, or had a flat, or didn’t have anywhere to go, etc. I did less miles. Then I made up for it over the next day or more. It’s not a superpower, but it requires some discipline, dedication, suffering, and struggling. Not like people trying to survive the deadly disease sweeping the globe. Or those people keeping the economy on life support (sorry about the play on words). I’m just A Dude riding his bike through the Pandemapocalypse, and I know how trivial and silly it is. Knee pain, bloody road rash on knee and elbow, fatigue, muscle tightness — it’s not nothing.
I’m very aware that not being able to work has made all this time spent riding a lot more possible. I’m both grateful for that and not, of course. Because, money. But soon a job will intrude and I’ll be at work and not biking as much. Or will I? We’ll see. For the first two years of this blog, using Strava and riding higher mileage on purpose, I rode 10,000 miles while holding down a full-time job. I’ve aged and slowed down (and lost the use of my lighter aluminum bike Sookie the Fuji), but I’m still kicking.
If there’s one thing this fathlete has learned that I could impart to you, Dear Reader, it’s this: JUST KEEP PEDALIN’! Maybe every day is not right for you, and maybe 116.66 miles per week isn’t doable for you (yet!). But why not strive to bike (run, walk, jog, swim, bounce, etc.) regularly, if you aren’t already?
No, all my activity hasn’t given me the results I’ve wanted in terms of weight loss, along with walking, yoga, and dietary restrictions. But it’s given me so much more: overall health, stories to write about, friends, and je ne sais quoi what else. If I had a chance, I wouldn’t go back and not do it. That said, Janurary 1, 2021 may find me taking an extended break. But probably not.
That’s all from me for this time. Today is a new a new day, week and month. Another opportunity to get on my bike and ride around for fun and exercise, to do errands, or to just escape the cabin fever. Lots of people are rediscovering biking, so if you haven’t, you may want to. After all, May is Bike Month. Maybe it’s time you got back on that horse and took ‘er for a spin. Have fun and be careful if you do. Put that mask on (around others), do your ABCQuick Check (Air, Brakes, Chain/Cassette, Quick Release), and most of all, keep the rubber side down.
What is it that keeps you moving toward a goal?
How was your first third of the year for your activities?