May is National Bike Month and I’ve been busy supporting activities at work to educate and engage employees about riding their bikes and in particular, bicycle commuting.
I decided that in honor of “Bike Month” I’d set a goal for myself — 400 miles in 30 days. I succeeded at 300 miles in one month last May, completing about 333 miles by the time June 1st arrived. I’m finding 400 miles is quite a challenge so far!
It averages to about 13 miles a day. This means that everyday I don’t ride, I start falling behind the goal pretty quickly! I’m tracking this goal on Garmin Connect and MapMyRide – both web sites feature some fun tools to let you see your progress.
Garmin Connect even has a indicator that shows where you SHOULD be at any given moment. On days when I complete my 20 mile round trip bicycle commute, I get close to this indicator or exceed it. On days I drive, it quickly jumps out in front of me!
Setting this goal has been great because it’s made me seriously think about my transportation options. ”We need a gallon of milk. Hey, I can ride my bike for that! Need lunch? Hey, there are like 10 restaurants within 5 miles round trip.”
So, it’s driving the right behavior which is great!
Wish me luck…I just noticed the indicator has once again jumped out in front of me!