Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Year in miles

January: 833.8
February: 647.7
March: 636.3
April: 789.6
May: 1,188.4
June: 822.1
July: 747.0
August: 748.3
September: 893.3
October: 587.0
November: 831.1
December: 790.1
Total 2008 bike mileage: 9,514.4

I finally got around to tallying up my 2008 mileage. I just used the numbers that I kept track of on my blog, with a few approximate additions of the Iditarod race (about 350 miles) and the 24 Hours of Light (120 plus 25 of extra riding around Whitehorse, probably on the low side.) The total surprised me. I had no idea I was that close to 10,000 miles. If I kept track of all of my human-powered mileage, including hiking and (limited) running, I almost definitely would have a 10,000-mile year behind me. Not bad.

The high-mileage month by far was May, although it certainly wasn't the most difficult. That designation would have to go to February, the third shortest month in terms of miles. After that, I'd probably throw in a bunch of other winter months and of course September and put May in sixth or seventh place. Ah, those lazy days of summer.

It's been a fun, harrowing, amazing year on the bike, and certainly not at all about the mileage. But there's a more-than-small part of me that wants to up the ante in 2009.


  1. Greetings and congrats on your bike milage. Wishes from us in Iceland that you have a Happy New Year. Hallsteinn(www.hallsteinn.blog.is) and Sigga (www.hjolina.blog.is)

  2. Happy New Year Jill, from the mediterranean corner of the world! How nice its that snow!

  3. Happy New Year Jill from the Canadian East Coast. That's impressive miles seeing where you live and all.


  4. Happy New Year Jill. I knew you had an impressive year going, in terms of mileage. I had 6500 miles in when I broke my arm in early November. And your monthly totals were higher than mine mine. I am in awe of your ability to motivate yourself to get out in the climate you live in.

  5. Happy New Year Jill from the Jersey Shore (New Jersey). Your mileage this year is quite impressive. My gut tells me that will ante up for 2009.

  6. I am truly humbled by your totals. Mine was about 2% of yours. But this is inspiring, too. It shows me what can be achieved with determination, focus, and a lot of beautiful scenery.

  7. whoa, jill! that's a lot of miles! :)

    have a great new year!

  8. Congrats on the big numbers for the old year. Now go out and kick it up for a Great New Year!!

    And here I was worried about doing 10 miles on New Years Day. You are such an inspiration to those of us that are just plain lazy.

  9. Oh yea I forgot, the New Year wishes come from Central Iowa. Where the roads are dry and it's just a little chilly out.

  10. what?!? No ride today? Great opportunity to make nice clean yearly number...9600? 9700?


    I've stumbled on to your blog recently and am most impressed with the combination of 3 components: 1. authenticity 2. language and 3. play hard outside-ness

    Thanks for sharing your world with us

  11. Jill,
    You inspired me in my first long cold ride...60 miles wahooo!
    Drudge just reported -50F in AK so let's be careful out there. kb peace out!

  12. WOW! That's an impressive total. Congratulations Jill. Happy New Year to everyone as well.

  13. congratulations Jill,

    Here is a link to someone else that did 10,000 this year. He's broken down the equivalent in calories, hours etc. example burned 300,000 calories which is equivalent to 1,500 Krispy Kreme donuts or 1,200 cliff bars.

    Its also about the equivalent in miles from Austin tx to Anchorage and Back (dependent on route).


    Atown, Tx.

  14. Get on your damn bike and ride! Today! Make it a 500 mile day - get that 10,000! You go, girl!

  15. Congrats on a productive year. But as you point out in your writing, it isn't really the number of miles, its the riding your bike that feeds your soul (my words).

  16. Jill,

    I just want to wish you an awesome 2009. I've been reading your blog and it's been keeping me from using the excuse "it's too cold to go out and ride or run." you're a true inspiration.


  17. What are you using to track your mileage (computerwise)? I was hoping to more then I did this year but my knees got in the way. ARGH!

  18. Happy New Year from Indiana, Jill! By the way, drop by my place! I hit a major life goal as of today. :D

  19. Great Job on the 10K ! You should have the best new year's party after this achievement. Here's some new year's reading to cheer you up.

    Read and enjoy.

  20. 9,514.4 = CRAZY!!

    You're beyond amazing!

    Chris loved his present by the way. You were way too generous!

    Love you!


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