Happy New Year!
It’s 2009 and time for my 5th annual cycling challenge! 2008 was the biggest cycling year of my life. I don’t think I’ll even attempt to top it.
But as always I will be searching for new climbing adventures, good photos, and some fun.
Here is my 2009 Cycling Challenge:
#1 – Climb 100 Different Cols
Climb at least 100 different Cols (mountain passes) or other big climbs.*
– At least 15 Cols over 2000 metres
– At least 30 new climbs
– Repeat climbs won’t count, but the other side of big climbs is fine.
Along with the usual big climbs near me, I hope to spend a little more time exploring the many great climbs in central Switzerland, as well as a visit to the Dolomites in Italy.
* For example, Alpe d’Huez isn’t a pass but it would count.
#2 – Complete the Maratona dles Dolomites
In November, Martin and I had our names drawn to compete in the Maratona dles Dolomites in Italy, July 2009.
This is a pretty epic amateur cyclosportive. I have never cycled in the Dolomites before and I am VERY excited, if a bit nervous. Luckily, it’s the same weekend as La Marmotte, so I won’t need to do that again.
I’ll write a review of the course soon.
#3 – Lose 7 – 10 pounds
Lose 7 – 10 pounds by April 30th and keep it off until year end.
In 2008, I had a weight challenge to lose 13 pounds and keep it off. Well, I lost the 13 pounds by June 30th, but have since regained 6 pounds. Failure.
Still, the good news is I am 7 pounds lighter than this time last year. I will pay a lot more attention to my weight than I did in 2008 and will post my weight loss status on the sidebar on the right.
Hopefully being a little lighter will help compensate for being a little older!
In 2008, I had a great time entering 7 cyclosportives. I had done a couple the year before, but all these events was a new experience and a lot of fun. I plan to enter several in 2009. I’ll post some possibilities soon, but Martin is eager to do l’Etape du Tour up Ventoux – which seems like a great idea to me.
Why no altitude challenge this year?
Achieving my ascent targets meant I needed to be constantly riding up hills! I am hoping this year’s challenge will allow me to cycle a little less in 2009.
Besides cycling, I plan to do more hiking in the Alps this year with Doreen and friends. And I have new cross-country skis which need to get used.
A Big Thanks!
I just wanted to say a big “Thanks” to Doreen and everyone else that has tolerated my “Challenges” and given me so much encouragement.
I am much fitter, active and happier than a few years back.
I have accumulated an ever growing collection of memorable experiences. And the best memories are those achieved with friends.
I look forward to more great days in 2009.
I will launch my 2009 Map of climbs after the first ascent.
For a map of all climbs over all years – see here.
Here’s my final 2008 map: