Thursday, December 18, 2008

Goals

I have been doing so well at my New Year's Resolution for this past year. I am currently at about 4,200 miles on the van for the year. I was really hoping to stay under 5000 miles, but there is no way. Sure, if you do the math it seems like it would be easy. 800 miles for the last two weeks of the year should allow us to use the car extravagantly, but then we decided to move to Kentucky. I've got about 800 miles before I reach 5000 for the year, but it's about 1600 miles to Kentucky and we hope to be there by new years. Unless someone knows a shortcut that is eluding us, I'm going well over my goal for the year.

On the bright side, I still put more miles on my bike than the van this year. Additionally, our apartment that we got in Lexington (actually it's in Georgetown, just north of Lexington) is about 20 miles from my work. If I ride daily, that will be just under 200 miles/week. I am not, however convinced that I will ride every day. While the main reason for the move is to take a job that I feel will better prepare me for a career than where I was previously, I also intend to spend more time with my family. I've had a couple years of 60+ hour weeks and would rally prefer to cut way back on that number. If I add an hour bike ride to each side of my 8 hour workday, it may be a bigger sacrifice than I'm willing to make. I'll try it out a few times and it's certainly something we're considering as we look for a house to buy.

4 comments:

The Woulfes said...

20 miles each way is my commute as well...and it's hard. By Friday I'm totally smoked. Riding solo day after day is incredibly difficult, especially when you add a backpack.

If you think you're fit now...

Johnny said...

Maybe try driving to Kentucky in reverse, you could possibly knock the mileage in the van down to 3K.

cyclingred said...

There was a time in my younger days when I had a 20 mile one way bike commute. That is too much now. I am currently at 13 miles and trying to cut that back. :)

Phil said...

Just out of curiosity why did you get a place so far from your work?