Sunday, November 18, 2007

3,999 ... 4,000!

Four. Thousand. Miles.

I hit the 4,000 mile mark this year with my panniers loaded full of groceries, riding a mile back home with one hand on the handlebar, the other hand carrying a 10-inch pie dangling in a plastic grocery sack. I had to look like a complete goofball, but that's not terribly uncommon from what I've gathered talking to people.

When I set out to buy a bike back in September 2006, I did it wondering if this childhood pastime of mine was still enjoyable regardless of my massive weight-gain episode in my 10 years of desk work and general lethargy. I didn't even bother counting how many miles I rode until the beginning of 2007, so I'll never really know how many miles I have ridden since I started. By January 1st, I had two bikes and I knew I was hooked. I decided to start counting. I had no idea where bicycling would take me, or what it would come to mean in my life. I certainly had no expectation of achieving 1,000 miles -- much less 4,000! If I keep it up, I may have the opportunity to hit 4,500 by the end of the year, but I'm already more than pleased as punch to have gotten this far in one calendar year.

So far, my miles are broken down like this:
Commuting (to / from work): 2646.3
Errands (meals, bank, travel, etc): 648.7
Recreational (group rides, singletrack, solo fun runs): 705

Random Tunage:
Sarah Brightman - Snow on the Sahara
Bloc Party - I Still Remember


Dan said...

That's great. Congrats!

Apertome said...

Wow ... very impressive. I was hoping I'd hit the 4,000 mark this year but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. My mileage has dropped off significantly since it got colder and it started getting dark earlier. But I still managed to get in over 95 miles last week which isn't really too bad.

zx3autoxtasy said...

That's awesome dude!

Reminds me, I'm about to hit 1,000!

Keep it up. Al Gore loves you.

Doug said...

That's amazing you've hit that mark after just starting back on bikes in 2006. It took me several years to work up to that.

Josh said...


Your nerdy graphs at the bottom of your blog make me want to start obsessively tracking my miles so I can make similarly nerdy graphs. :) Of course, that would require me to install the bike computer I've had sitting in the garage for 9 months.

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