But that comes with a caveat. The last time I rode this many miles, about 3,060 miles, was in 2000 and I used a Cateye computer that I think was pretty accurate Now I use a Garmin, which I switch between bikes. It seems pretty accurate but it isn't perfect, especially under a dense forest crown, but it's pretty good. So I may have set a new record or I might in the next few days, depending on the accuracy of those two devices.
A little more than 1,500 of those miles are on my IF Club Racer. That means they are purely recreational miles. And usually they are faster miles than those I ride on my Surly or the Swobo (like today, 6 miles on a bike trail with my younger son on a trail-a-bike behind me and my older son on his bike weaving in front of me with two of his cousins). In 2000, when I last rode this many miles, it was all on my old Lemond Alpe d'Huez, a great, fast road bike. And I was faster then. I often went out for 60-80 mile rides and finished with 17-18 MPH averages. And that wasn't the only difference. I also ran about 1,000 miles that year, running 100-125 miles monthly during the winter months and less during the spring/summer/fall riding season. I also commuted to school, walking and taking the T and my job required a ton of walking as well. I also skied (backcountry and telemark) a lot then. And I rock climbed regularly, mostly at a gym but outside a lot as well. I was a pretty active guy. This year I wouldn't call myself even half as active as I was then. I certainly shoveled more snow this year and I do walk a lot but I don't think I've run a hundred miles this year and I'll feel good about myself if I run another hundred miles by the end of the year.
That said, I don't feel that I'm doing all that badly. I now am married and have two young boys and work takes a decent amount of time, both in the office and at home in the evenings. And I'm a bit older now - a lot more of my fifties are behind me than in front of me. I certainly could be doing worse than I am. I rode a somewhat hilly 67 mile ride yesterday, including 4 miles of gravel, doing it at a decent clip (except for the gravel stretch) will no ill effects. And assuming good health and decent weather, I'm hardly done for the year.
Pictures from the weekend:
|A home made (from parts bought online) motorized bicycle.|
|The Assabet River from the Assabet River Trail.|
|The worst gravel I had to ride on Taylor Way, after I left the Assabet River Trail.|