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Looking back, looking forward

Posted by Matt, January 3, 2018 There are 3 comments so far

Strava in 2017
I was just looking at my Strava stats for last year, which has left me with mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I managed 2506 miles during 2017 which is not bad considering I broke my collarbone again last February so was out of action for a while. On the other hand, it equates to just 50 miles a week which is not really that much, albeit more than D’Andy (who appears to have balanced this shortfall with craft beer consumption I think…).

To make matters ‘worse’, a lot of the miles I generated were commuter miles on the road bike. Somewhere along the line I got out of the habit of actually riding with the Moles, something I’m keen to correct this year. On the upside, the YT continues to please and I now have the Kona back in working order. Next up is a cheeky trail hardtail, but I’m not quite at that point yet.

I suppose if I’m realistic then I should aim for 3000 miles over 2018. That would be more than I’ve managed for several years but would still only average about 60 miles a week, so is completely do-able. I know mileage isn’t everything but it is a good barometer of how much or otherwise I’m enjoying my riding and sometimes just having a target written down helps kick start a habit.

First things first is to get through January and February with a decent baseline, unlike 2017 where the collarbone meant I was ‘riding back to fitness’ all summer. So, bring it on I say…


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's recently switched to a YT Industries Jeffsy, alongside a 2016 Marin Pine Mountain.

Lurking in the back of the stable, waiting for it's next chapter is a Kona Big Unit 29er hardtail, while an early On-One Inbred still whispers sweet things to him. You can even find him on road bikes - a Specialized Secteur and a Trek District 1 so far.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 3 comments on ‘Looking back, looking forward’

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  1. Dandy says:

    I might actually climb onto a bike tomorrow, for the first time this year ! Can’t guarantee that I’ll break the 10 mile barrier though, but will certainly exceed 1,000 feet of climbing … though there is a fine Malbec in the cellar that keeps calling out my name 😉

  2. Pingback: 3 things that really count when cycling | Lifestyle, Mutterings | Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

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