Ten Cycling Goals to Make in 2015

As the outdoor cycling season come to an end here in Colorado, I’ve decided to set some goals for the next year. Looking back at 2014 I realize that I’ve already achieved so much more than I ever imagined. It’s been an incredible year of cycling, one that I will never forget.

Before I get into next years goals, I’d like to take a look at what I achieved in 2015.

It all started with a new bike, my Specialized Roubaix. I love that bike, every time I get of the saddle I’m in my happy place. It’s been a good bike and has suffered along with me.

I’ve participated in so many different organized rides. The most significant being Ride the Rockies, it was a dream of mine for years and I so happy that I got to do it. But all of the rides I did were amazing. In order they were; The SantaFe Century, The Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Ride the Rockies, The Triple Bypass, and Pedal the Plains. It’s funny to think last year I hadn’t even done a century until Pedal the Plains. I thought this year would be the summer of centuries, and it really was.

I rode nearly 5,00o miles this year. As of yesterday my odometer read 4,750 miles. I’m sure I’ll get to 5,00o by the end of the year. It’s crazy to think about, but what an accomplishment.

I started Cyclizing with Jessica. It’s not only been an incredible experience ridding with Jessica as she motivates me and constantly pushed me to go further and faster. But it’s be a ton of fun to work on this blog together.

Here are Ten Cycling Goals to Make in 2015.

1. Ride Further. I want to make it to 6,000 miles in 2015. It’s going to be a challenge, I had lots of free time at the beginning of the summer. I’ll probably not have the same opportunity to get rides in next year, so I’m going to have to work to get to 6,000 miles.

2. Complete a double century. A century terrified me last year, now I want to double it. 2015 is going to be the year of the double century.

3. Ride outside every month. It’s a challenge to get outside on the bike during the winter months in Colorado.  There are plenty of nice days, and I want to take advantage of them.

4. Ride outside of Colorado. Okay, I did the SantaFe Century last year, so I guess I’ve already done this, but I want to ride somewhere new. Thinking the Pacific Northwest.

5. Complete a Century in between five to five and a half hours. This will be a challenge, but something I think is achievable.

6. Participate in some sort of race or timed event. Rides are a ton of fun, but I want more of a challenge and want to compete a little. I’m not exactly what sort of race I want to do, but I want to try something that will push me.

7. Learn more about bicycle maintenance. I’ve bought the tools, and a strand, but I want to become more proficient in the ability to maintain my bike.

8. Try a power meter. This will come down to more a factor of money that anything else, but I’d really like to have power data for my rides. I think this will help me improve and become a better cyclist.

9. Conquer more mountain passes. While I almost feel this is a given, I want to climb and more importably descend new passes throughout Colorado. They are so much fun, and a great challenge too.

10. Commute to work on the bike. This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but it has it’s challenges. I want to find a way to be able to ride to work on a semi regular basis next summer.



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Growing up in Colorado you can't help but love the outdoors. Something magical happens with 300 days of sunshine and the Rocky Mountains in your back yard. My athletic endeavors started on the bike, I would get out and ride whenever I could. In 2011 I moved to Oxford, England for work. I missed the sunshine and mountains, but discovered my passion for running. When I moved back to Colorado I started combining cycling and running, so it was only natural that I started competing in triathlons. I took second place at my first sprint, and caught the bug. Today I'm training for my first Ironman.


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