Yep so it's been a year since I started riding as a consistent habit, granted at times it hasn't been very consistent but well my intentions are always ther (mostly...lol). So let's see what I've achieved in the last year...
>I could hardly make it up Clairemont Mesa Bl, in either direction. Now it's nothing (provided I'm warmed up...).
>I rode up Torrey Pines once on the Kona SS and thought I was going to kill myself doing so, now I do it regularly on the LeMond. It still kicks my butt somewhat, but I'm huffing and puffing less and gaining perseverance.
>I used to think that 15 mph and a 80 or 90 rpm cadence were impressive. OK I'm still not the fastest thing on 2 wheels, but I can crank out 100 rpms and 25 mph for a bit without much effort.
>10 miles was a major undertaking, but after I inadvertently rode a metric century (67 miles) because I rode 15 plus miles to and from the 26 mile sponsored ride, 10 miles is nothing.
>I still haven't cracked 40 mph, but then I'm not in any hurry so 37 is the top measured speed so far and I can average 30-33 down Torrey Pines without cinching up my butt too much.
>I have improved my pedal stroke, now I can feel a more consistent, smooth circular motion when I keep focused on my job.
>I can fix a lot of the parts on the bike (except threaded head sets...) and feel comfortable tearing into anything on it, tho I've yet to work on the derailleurs.
> My blood pressure is normal again and my weight is down, I can also slip into a size 29!
Well that about sums it up on accomplishments over the past year. Now to the next year:
> I had planned on trying a full century (100 miles) this past year and several nice rides came and went because of lack of planning and decent training for the ride. So I plan on doing one this year, if not a full 100 miler, than a 67 metric on a moderately difficult course.
> Another bike, or maybe make over the LeMond with new paint and some new bars and stem. I might even spring for a new chain...
> Keep on working on my pedaling to get smooth and powerful, not so much for racing or such, but for endurance and efficiency.
>Work on commuting more. I have done some in the past year, but things either get in the way or I am just not up to getting up at 4 to leave at 5 and make it to work by 6:15 and then spool on home at 4:30 for an hour. But gas is again hovering at $3 a gallon. I am planning on a day or two this week of commuting.
So to the next 12 months! Cheers!