2000km in 2008 (so far)

That’s like riding from Calgary to Vancouver and back. Or Calgary to Thunder Bay. Heck, I could have ridden from Calgary to San Francisco, with over 400km to spare. hmmm….

I’ve been riding my bike as primary transportation on my commute for a couple of years now (started really doing it again in 2006, after a few years of not riding very much). I ride just over 28km per day, every weekday, so have managed to rack up the kilometers pretty quickly. I had set a target for myself to ride 3,500km in 2008, trying to beat my 3,100km ridden in 2007. Looks like I’m on track to blow that away, and might hit 4,000km if I’m able to keep going. That’d be like riding from Calgary to Quebec City. Or to New York…

I’ve ridden through blizzards, monsoons, hail, lightning, and the regular traffic filled with aggressive and psychotic drivers.

But I wouldn’t give it up. I’m so much happier riding. The smells of spring. The sounds of the birds. That would all be missed if I was trapped in a bus or car. It’s just so much better to be riding. And, I’m in the best physical shape of my adult life – I’ve lost almost 30 pounds from my all-time fatass peak. Feeling great! Here’s hoping I can do another 2,000km in 2008 :-)

6 thoughts on “2000km in 2008 (so far)”

  1. If you don’t mind me asking, how long does it took you to shed off that 30 pound by riding bike?

  2. @Dean be sure to try out the latest Web 2.0 app ExcercisR.com or maybe GetOffYourFatAss.com :-)

    @Jeremy it didn’t really start dropping off until I started riding year-round, so within the last year. I don’t track that too closely, so can’t get any more detailed than that…

  3. Right now I have an hour commute by car – a little too much to bike. With the price of gas its time to find a job that is close enough to bike to. (And it wouldn’t hurt to lose 10 – 15 lbs AND its better for the environment). Thanks, Tom (TRCoach)

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