Pardon me for a moment, while I wax braggadocious.
Way back in 1996, a younger and more energetic Bike Nazi rode 6589 miles, on a bicycle, in one year.
Ever since, that has been a lofty and distant mark - my Everest.
Well lo and behold... in 2010 I've surpassed that milestone... by 122 miles.
"Hey, wait a minute!" interrupts the modern-day Pharisee. "This ain't even 2010 anymore, dad-gum it!"
And right he is... but let me explain.
At the beginning of 2010, I was recuperating from surgery, and ordered off the bike. I was able to resume cycling last January 15, so I gave myself a little fudge factor. I've ridden 6711 miles in the last 365 days. (For the record, I rode on 355 of those days.)
If you reject my fudgin' ways, I rode 6485 miles in calendar 2010, making it my second-best year.
I was particularly motivated this year:
- desire to self-affirm my ongoing good health,
- shiny new bicycle to ride,
- 25th year of transportation cycling.
It worked out good.
Will I ever surpass 6711 miles?
Seems unlikely. But until I did it, breaking my 1996 record seemed unlikely. Once I don't have to spend 40+ hours a week toiling for pay, it will likely free up some time. So if my health holds up, I'll never say never.
I dedicate my 2010 record to a couple fellas who are largely responsible for my good health: Dr. William Jones who has monitored my condition for years, and Dr. Avery Seifert who performed the surgery and had me back on the bicycle 30 days later.
Keep on ridin'!