I think it’s important to look back on the last year to see where I started and finished the year. Doing so let’s me try and figure out what worked and what didn’t, what the successes and failures were, and it helps me plot a course for the new year. This period of reflection is critical to my, and your, riding and weight loss.


My first ride of last year was a short 8 miles that I didn’t even manage a 13 mph pace on. I had to start somewhere right? Over the next 10 months the mileage increased and the pace followed. One of my best rides of the year was the Patriots Ride where I managed 57 miles at a 19.2 mph pace (in a group). I’d say that’s a huge improvement.

2011 also saw me start group riding on a regular basis. I started riding with one of the local bike shops on Saturday mornings and it was one of the best things I did all year. Riding with a group introduces you to new skills, a little comraderie, and it helps you make huge gains from a fitness standpoint. While I was never able to finish with the fast group, I was able to hang with them longer throughout the summer. One of the last group rides of the summer was one of the more memorable where I rode 47 miles at a 18.8 mph pace. Great stuff.

Everything wasn’t rosey with my riding though. I achieved my 2000 mileage goal in Oct-11 and raised the bar to 3335 miles. I failed to reach that ending the year with 2715 miles total. I think that was a great number but it could have been so much more. Why? Because I only rode 46 total miles in November and December. Ouch.

Weight Loss

This was totally a mixed bag but, in my opinion, a failure for me. Did I lose weight? Yes as I finished the year down two pounds. 279.5 down to 277.5.

Give me a second. I feel like I just got punched in the gut. I seriously just looked up the total weight loss and am at a loss for words.

[Pregnant Pause]

I only lost two pounds total for the year? I knew I had gained some back over Nov-Dec but I didn’t know it was that much. Oh man. I’m totally embarrassed now. How pathetic. Not even close to my 30 pound goal for 2011.

As you can tell, I have a real problem with this and it highlights my biggest area of improvement needed for 2012. Lots of things here need to change to include not eating out, structured meal planning, no binge eating, etc., etc., etc.

Recap of 2011 Goals

Here’s a quick recap of my 2011 goals:

  • Ride 2000 Miles – Achieved
  • Ride a Charity Event – Achieved. I actually rode two.
  • Ride a Century – Fail. I only managed 80 miles at the Tour de Cure.
  • Lose 30 pounds – Epic Fail
  • Only eat out once a week – Epic Fail
  • Do more group rides – Achieved

So, I was 50% for the year with my goals. Overall, I still think I made a lot of improvement in my cycling in 2011 but looking back it’s obvious I need to really focus on a my eating in 2012. As if I didn’t know that already.

How did you do with your cycling or weight loss goals in 2011?