Last year I wrote
The last couple of years I worked I commuted by bike quite a bit, running up 8,000 or 10,000 miles each year. When I stopped working I knew I needed to maintain my activity level so I decided to try to bike every day and settled on a goal of 1,000 miles each month. I soon realized that short months during ski season get in the way of a monthly goal, and I restated my ambitions as 12,000 miles a year. 2018 was the fourth of those, and I hit the 12,000 mile mark at the end of October. At first I figured I’d just work on getting more than in 2017 until I realized that with a little push I could get to 10,000 on my single bike. I managed that, and ended up with 4,000 tandem, too.
2019 was kind of a repeat – I hit 12,000 by the end of September and 14,000 before Thanksgiving. I ended up just a little over 10,000 on my single bike (again) but this year we rode 5,700 tandem. Here it is according to Strava:
So what’s in store for 2020? Same basic approach – try to ride every day, aim for about 1,000 miles / month with more in the dry months and less when it’s wet. The big unknown is that Odette will be done working at the end of June and we have big home improvement and travel plans. I think I’ve gotten a little carried away with “bike therapy” and maybe having her around more will let me back off a little, but we’ll see.