Wrapping up 2019, Looking into 2020

Going into 2019 I didn’t have any particular goals, but very quickly it became the year of me getting into shape. Ten days ago I weighed in at 15st 4lbs, a whole 6st and 4lbs lighter than I was in March! I have put about 6lbs back on over Christmas, as I’ve given myself time off from the diet.

Preparing to head off for an early morning jog

It really has been quite a change in lifestyle. I’ve cycled from time to time before, but nothing like I did this year. I don’t think I’ve ever really gone jogging more than once or twice in a month and now I’m running 5k’s 4 or 5 times a week!

That leaves me a little limited in what I can use as a goal for 2020, but I guess now I’ve got things moving, I just need to improve on them.

In 2019, according to my Strava profile, I cycled 2,305 miles and ran 166 miles. There are a few factors to consider when setting 2020 targets.

  • I didn’t start anything in 2019 until March
  • Even when I did start, I was struggling to cycle more then 4 or 5 miles in one ride
  • I only really cycled until October, no runs over 1k until then.
  • In 2020 I will likely mix cycling and jogging through the summer.

So given all this, I think I should aim for 3,000 miles cycling and 500 miles running.

Me after completing my first Sportive, a 50km ride in which I was quicker than everyone else by a clear 7 minutes!

As well as these targets for the year, I would also like to complete a 10k running, a ride of over 50 miles and even a ride of over 100km.

I’d also like to get my weight down to 15st (210lbs or 95kg) which should be quite an easy accomplishment given I was almost there before my Christmas binge!

Happy New Year everyone!