Yesterday I passed the 4,000 mile mark for the year. Since my goal for this year is to ride 5,000 miles it means I only have 1,000 miles to go and almost 5 months to do it in. At the moment I am over 600 miles ahead of the training schedule I set up last December.
Last year I rode 4,650 miles, but I was out of the country for several weeks during the summer and not able to ride. Since I planned on being at home most of this year I thought 5,000 miles was a reasonable goal. I hate to complain, but I had no idea that Mother Nature would be so difficult to deal with this year. In February we had the worst blizzard in 30 years, followed by the wettest spring in history. In June I was off the bike for 12 days due to food poisoning. July turned out to be the wettest in history and one of the five hottest, but I was able to ride over 850 miles that month anyway!
I love cycling in all sorts of weather and the past few weeks I’ve ridden a lot at night. This week I started taking a serious look at the Surly Pugsley as my next (winter) bike purchase. I am going to wait a few weeks to see what the new Surly Moonlander looks like. The Moonlander (according to their blog) has 4.5 inch wide tires, which ought to make for an incredible time on the snow this winter!