I don’t really set distance goals these days, I just try and ride my bike as much as I find enjoyable. After all, I ride purely for enjoyment with the fitness aspect being a nice bonus! That said, I do try and hit 200km per week as a very rough general target. Some weeks I surpass that, other weeks I don’t. It is what it is.
Distance is dependant on a few variables, mostly how energetic I’m feeling and also if I choose to ride any serious hills! Those climbs always put a dent in the distance stakes. Your legs don’t know distance, they don’t know average speed, all they know is the time they spend pushing those pedals around in circles. All I know is the smile that pushing those pedals around puts on my face (and that’s the most important cycling metric to measure).
This morning I punched out a solid but relatively flat 88km solo ride in blustering conditions that felt like a headwind in every direction. It was rough but still enjoyable. At home afterwards I glanced at my Strava account and noticed I’d rolled past 4000km for the year.
Now, we’re roughly 20 weeks into this year (already!) and with 4020km ridden so far, that’s an average of 201km per week. Pretty much spot on! We’re heading into winter down here in the depths of Tasmania, so I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep that up for. Hopefully there’s still a few decent weekends left in the season!