I know most of my readers probably already know that I've joined Laura C's 500 miles in 2010 challenge. I'm not planning on discussing my performance on here on a regular basis, but I did want to do a kick off post about it.
I debated joining the challenge at first because much of my exercise is done on an exercise bike. Laura suggested some conversion factors to convert bike miles into challenge miles, which made the challenge realistic for me. There was some debate over the best conversion factor, and I believe they went with 3.5 bike miles to 1 challenge mile. I'm going with 4 bike miles to 1 challenge mile because it feels like a reasonable comparison based on the way I work out. It may keep me off the top ten list, but it will motivate me more, and that's what I'm looking for.
My goal is to do 500 miles combined on the bike, on the elliptical, walking, or running. I need to average about 10 miles a week to reach my goal. I expect to log between about 10 to 14 miles a week through the rest of the winter. Then I expect to drop down a bit when the weather warms up and I start running again. I want to have a sufficient mileage cushion in place when I start running so I will not be tempted to quit running if I can't make the 10 miles a week. It's just easier to log miles on the bike than on foot.
I'm really looking forward to this challenge. I've been exercising regularly for about 10 years now, and I'm always looking for ways to make it more challenging and more exciting. I really like this goal because it's not based on weight loss - which has other contributing factors (stupid potato chips, pizza, pretzels, red wine...) - it's based on maintaining an exercising routine over an extended period of time. It should also add some fresh motivation to get me going, as I love friendly competition.
(As for a certain pregnant woman who beat me by over 3 miles this week, you are more than 10 years younger than me. As for a certain runner who beat me by about 8 miles...um...well...I got nothing.)
So, if at anytime I start going on about 500 in 2010 now you will at least understand what insanity I'm referring too. For now, I'll just leave you with my metrics for tracking my progress.