It’s 2008 and time for a my 4th annual challenge! Quite honestly, I am a bit nervous, because while 2007 was a fantastic year. It was also by far the most I have ever cycled. It will be tough to beat with my aging legs.
Cycle 10,000 kms
30 Big Climbs
160,000 metres vertical ascent
2008 November Update: Exhausted, I have achieved my 2008 ascent goal – details here.
The Main Challenge:
In 2008 I will again try and cycle 160,000 metres of vertical ascent (525,000 feet or one foot for every minute of every day of the year).
But I will try and do it a little smarter, focusing a bit more on optimizing my fitness – but without taking myself too seriously. I like cycling uphill and using ascent as a challenge means every ride counts. It suits me.
I considered making the challenge to climb 100 Cols (passes) but this would exclude so many other great rides – but I’ll keep track
Continuing my December 11th mini challenge:
I will lose 13 pounds by June 30th – AND importantly keep it off until the end of 2008.
For Fun: Time Trials:
I will also have periodic time trials versus my 2007 self. Using my Garmin Edge GPS I can race myself in real time using previous routes as a comparison. So every now and then I will measure progress versus 2007.
As always, I will publish monthly progress updates to keep myself on track.
Rules: Hiking and cross-country skiing count – I don’t want my silly challenge to discourage fun.
Why do I do these Challenges? – For some reason they keep me highly motivated – I would exercise a fraction of the amount otherwise. And it’s a hobby I guess.
Wish me luck and happy new year.