Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 Wrap Up

This year was about making myself recover from a rough beginning. It's a little sad to look back at the first 6 months of '08 and see how little riding I did. There are such big holes in my graph. On the other hand, I'm proud of having pulled out of the slump!

The holes in the graph correlate to the death of my grandmother in January, a nasty flu and then basically moping for much of the summer over my loss of fitness. Finally, after a few false starts, I revved up for real at the end of July. 12 weeks later, I started feeling really good again!

Here's my table of mileage by month, showing 162 rides and a total of 4,236.81 miles.

This chart shows the distribution of my miles by week. You can see where I built up, peaking with a 265.16 mile week.

A Few More Stats
Road Bike Rides: 96
CX Bike Rides: 62
Mtn Bike Rides: 4
Solo Rides: 75
Rides with Jeff: 67
Group* Rides: 52
*at least one other person, not including Jeff

Looking ahead, I just have a couple very generalized goals. I want a more even distribution of miles throughout the year with two peaks, one in late spring/early summer and one in fall/early winter. I will ease up in the winter and in the hot, muggy part of summer. I want to do some trail rides on the mountain bike. We have to drive to get to trails, so that's been the drawback, but I miss the woods! I pretty much just want to keep having fun on the bike, enjoying the scenery, company of friends and feeling the benefits of exercising. My one specific goal is to complete a metric century a month!

Good luck on all your endeavors in the new year!

Edited to add:
The weather was dismal outside, but I had to start the new year with some pedaling. I set up the trainer and did an hour, 16.19 miles.


kate said...

it's always interesting seeing how other people 'life' gets in the way of riding/running, thank you for explaining the stats. :)

Devorah said...

Wow! I'm trying to think of intelligent things to say but really all that comes out is an open mouthed "WOW."

Happy New Year and good riding for '09

knitseashore said...

Congratulations! And good luck for 2009!

Michael said...

That's a great accomplishment. Hope you have a great 2009. I am still waffling on that century challenge thing....

trio said...

Great roundup. You would think you lived in the southern hemisphere with all those winter miles. Good target to try and be more consistent! Look forward to following you in 2009.

jumbly said...

An impressive yearly mileage, especially considering the slow start, well done! Hope 2009 works out well for you.

Dorothy W. said...

That's a great number of miles given all that happened earlier in the year. I hope you have a great 2009!