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But the end of the cycling season is coming. In my previous eight Decembers as a serious cyclist, I rode just 55 miles total. We’ve already reached the point in the year where after-work rides are impossible because of darkness, and we’re probably not far from the point where snow and cold temperatures make weekend rides too unappealing to contemplate. Until then, I will try to use numbers to motivate myself to keep plugging away. In the absence of structured training for an imminent competition goal, I at least can pad my stats! Here are the figures I’m currently using to push myself just a little deeper into the offseason:
20 more miles to set a PR for November
262 more miles to reach 5,000 for the year
46 miles in December to set a PR
8 more rides to reach 200 this year
My November and December mileage marks are nothing spectacular—reaching 46 miles in December could be the work of a single afternoon—but I’m pretty proud of the 192 rides I’ve done this year. That number is a record already, topping last year’s 170. I can say for the first time that I rode on more than half of all the days of the year. That’s kind of neat, right?