So, there was a post early in the year where many of us posted our cycling goals for 2010, then a mid-year follow-up by Perez to see how we were doing, it's time now to pay the piper. Let's hear how everyone did this year
I'll start. First of all i thought i should increase in general how much i rode and wanted to ride with the club more, so i set a kilometrage goal. I had ridden 5000+ kilometers in 2009 (not counting commutes) and debated between increasing this somewhere between 7500 and 10,000 km. I thought 7500 was realistic but not real ambitious. 10,000 was ambitious but realistic only if i really rode all year, with no down periods. I think every time i actually wrote it down, i threw caution to the wind and wrote down 10,000. Well that wasn't to be. I had some very inactive periods - one mid-year during and after a vacation to the u.s. and now here again at the end of the year. Tant pis.I did manage 7500 km and 120,000 meters climbed, that'll have to do.
A goal that was more important to me but that i never wrote down because it was so vague was to get to where i could ride the long versions of all the cyclosportives they have around here in the spring and early summer without it killing me. These vary from around 130 to 170 kms with quite a lot of climbing - say, 2400 to 3000 meters (Will considers this a only false flat). I worked on this in the early spring and did really well with it, participated in a bunch of these and completed them all with ease (well, you know ...).
Another goal was to make it over to the pyrenees or up to the alps and do some of the big famous climbs there. I live in France and i ride a bike, so i figure i gotta get over to ride those things while i have the chance. I made it over to the pyrenees in the summer and had quite a good time climbing the Tourmalet and Aubisque and others. This was good. Also wanted to do the 3 cols ride not too far from here - Champs, Allos and Cayolle - wonderful ride. And i have to ride the col de la bonnete (how's it spelled again, will?) every year.
Finally the holy grail goal for me was this climb that starts 5 minutes from where i live - it's actually more like a series of 3 climbs (includes the col d'eze from Paris-Nice). It's a race in the fall put on by my club. It's 700 meters of climbing in i think 13 to 15 kms. The first time i timed myself on it, my time was 52+ minutes. Last year i got it down to 47' and this year i wanted to get down to 45'. The race was in october and i had started slacking on my riding prior to this. Also i hadn't timed myself on it all year, except for a few days before the race (46' - good sign). Sure enough, i actually managed it in 45 minutes, despite my totally haphazard or non-existent preparation. (this actually works, so kids, don't listen to your parents ;))
This last goal i was quite thrilled with as i've never really known whether i could do it or not and i've had 45' in mind for a couple of years now. Mind you, my time is nothing to brag about at all, i think i was like 15th or so out of 22 in my age group (45-49), but i was thrilled to do it, nonetheless. This resulted in an open bottle of champagne. (the same week i finally got my permanent french residency, yay! another bottle!)
So now the big goal is 40 minutes - may take a couple of years to get there, or maybe i'll never make it, who knows, but that is what i'm shooting for now. And if i ever do make it up that thing in under 40 minutes, i'll actually consider myself to be pretty damn good for an old guy. Who knows how many bottles of champagne and i may even shave my legs just once!
Ok, before we start on goals for 2011, let's hear from the rest of you ...