After hitting my totally arbitrary and meaningless target of 10,000km for the year back in mid October, fellow bike enthusiast ADude over at “A Dude Abikes” said, why not go for 12k?
I didn’t give it a lot of thought, but I did reset my Strava goal to 12,000km just to see how I’d track towards that target. Today – December 11th – I surpassed that mark too. It’s been a good 2021 on two wheels and definitely the most distance I’ve covered in a calendar year.
Getting over the 12,000km line was aided by a solid 100km ride with The Herd. Well, at least the four of us who braved the weather! The summer temperatures had gone into hiding and there was a heavy downpour overnight. Most of The Herd pulled the pin at the last minute! The four of us had a great ride though, staying dry the entire time (it rained as I was driving home).
I’ll admit, short sleeves were a little optimistic…
Andrew T rocked up in full US POSTAL team kit, so I snapped this photo of him with my bike:
It was a cold and overcast morning, with rain threatening in the distance. A couple of early “Airport Loops” followed by a crack down to Cremorne and back brought up 80km before coffee at Red Square, then a final loop to tick off the hundred was enough for me. It was a tough ride into the wind, but the four of us shared the load and worked together. The distance flew by in a flash.
So that’s it. 12,000km. It’s a lot to many, not much to some. To me? It’s just a number. I’m thankful to have been able to ride as much as I have this year. You never know what’s around the corner so I’m just making the most of it. Not sure how much more I’ll do. Festive 500 perhaps? That’ll depend on commitments and weather. I’ve no need to hit another target.
I’ll just continue to enjoy my time in the saddle.
Oh and a tyre (or tire) update: After putting the 24mm S-WORKS Turbo tyre on the Trek 5200 when the Pirelli blew, I busted the sidewall last week on a sharp, golf ball sized rock (roadworks). I’m back on Pirelli P-Zero tyres now, but in new 24mm version. Funnily enough, the new 24mm tyre measures narrower than the old 23mm version when mounted on my ICAN wheels. Go figure.