Early this year I posted one of my goals as doing 1,000 miles on my coker this year. My plan was to do 100 miles per month, which would give me a 2 month buffer. I plan on making November and December the buffer months.
At the end of January, I had covered 81 miles. All of this riding was outdoors and included riding in snow and rain. I was happy with this start, but in a personal email, Tom Blackwood gave me a stern (but polite) caution about getting behind schedule. He learned this lesson last year with his coker mileage goal. Most people have told me “good job” on the 81 miles, Tom gave me a much needed caution. Thanks Tom!
So I pushed harder in February to get back on schedule. Most of this month’s riding has been outdoors, but I have taken the coker indoors for 5 indoor rides in a gymnasium. Indoor rides are 8 - 11 miles per session. Avg speed drops to 8 - 8.4 because of all the turning. On the plus side, I’m much improved on the coker, can turn better and am more confident in riding a non-straight line. Indoor riding gets little boring, but I can ride in any weather and even when it’s dark outside.
Today I needed 8 miles to get my total miles to 200 for the end of February. I got to the gym at 5:30 so I had time to put in extra miles, which I intended to do. But alas, the gym had changed its locks and no one had the right key to open the gym. It didn’t open until 6:30, so I only got in 4 miles before I had to leave for work. Bummer!
So as of the end of February, I have 196 miles, 4 miles shy of my goal of 200. Since I was at the gym and ready to do 8 miles, I consider this an accomplished goal. But I still have to make up the 4 miles in March.
Many thanks to Unidaddy, who meets me at 7:00 am on Saturday mornings, in all kinds of weather, to put in some mileage with me. Riding is so much more fun with someone to talk to. Unidaddy also pushes my pace a little, so I’m getting a little faster too!
Can’t wait for warmer weather and longer evenings! It’s coming… spring is coming!