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Set a new personal best! Who else has cycling/biking goals they're going for?

Hi all! This is my first post on Conversations, and I'm totally new to this, but felt excited to share my small accomplishment.

I've been trying to spend some time getting back on the bike this summer, and have generally been doing a bad job of it. This hot weather has made it pretty miserable to ride during the day. But I got out early on Sunday morning and beat 15 miles for the first time ever! My butt still hurts 😂

I don't have a fancy bike or anything but man did it feel good to get out and set a new personal best. Hopefully I can set a couple more before things cool down too much.

How has everyone else been doing with their cycling goals in the time of Covid?

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@frecklzz 

Congrats on your accomplishment! Thank you for sharing with the community! Personally, I'm just struggling to get time in the saddle. At best I get out a couple of times per week, however, those are typically only for short jaunts. I'm missing longer rides where you get into a rhythm and flow. I am finding the time to ride with my kids more, which is great to watch them really enjoy themselves on their bikes.

I'd like to get a bikepacking trip in this fall sometime, I'm hoping I can fit it into my schedule.

What's your next cycling goal?

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It'd be nice if I could get up past 15 miles before the weather gets too cold! But I think more than that, I'd like to get into a habit of riding at least weekly. I'm telling myself I need to prove that I deserve a new bike before I go seriously looking 😛

It's great you're getting to ride with your kids more! Before you know it they'll probably be finding their own rhythm and flow and getting you to take those longer trips.

That's awesome @frecklzz !  I found myself in your same position a few years ago.  I'd always enjoyed riding my bike, but "life" had gotten in the way.  A friend encouraged me to start up again and join him on a short ride on a rail trail.  That 12-miler about killed me! But I kept at it, bought myself a new bike, and now ride 25-30 miles regularly, mostly on rail-trails.  And since then, I've in turn encouraged my son, his girlfriend and my daughter to all join in!

My next big goal for biking is to do a multi-day tour.  A couple that I had hoped to do this summer ended up being cancelled, so for now I'll just keep up my rides and prepare for the end of C-19 isolation.

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@Rob6 That's so great, thanks for sharing!

I'm still clinging to the idea that I'll be able to get a bikepacking trip in this fall but at the rate this year is going, who knows?! Where are you thinking about doing your tour?

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@frecklzz @Rob6 

Also, did you see @jfpaley's post earlier today about Bikepacking through Turkey? Maybe we should all tag along!

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I dunno @REI-JohnJ .  That sounds amazing, but just a bit ambitious for me.

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@Rob6 

Don't worry, totally out of my league too! Fun to dream about though. Thanks for sharing your routes, they look pretty awesome!

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Hey @REI-JohnJ .  I'm open to just about anything, depending on the timing.  The same friend that kicked me back into cycling gear a few years ago has done several such trips.  Along the Erie Canal and down the Poconos among others.  He was planning a trip to Idaho to do the Coeur d'Alene Bike Trail, and had me almost convinced to join on that adventure.  I'd love to do that one, but would prefer to get a few more miles closer to home under my belt first.

My local trail is the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail here that runs almost 20 miles in Maryland, paralleling the Gunpowder Falls, and then at the Mason-Dixon Line it becomes the York Heritage Trail and runs another 21 miles up to York, PA.

https://www.traillink.com/trail/torrey-c-brown-rail-trail/

https://www.traillink.com/trail/heritage-rail-trail-county-park/

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I've felt very much the same way. Getting myself to put the time aside to ride has been the big struggle. I'm hoping to get a new bike sometime but feel like I need to prove I can keep at cycling before I go spend a lot of money 😮

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