May was a good month for biking. The weather improved to the point where I could ride pretty much any day I wanted to, taking my monthly mileage up to 333 miles (last month was a paltry 185). I surpassed the first of my goals for the year, which was to ride 1,000 miles in a year. For the last few years I’ve ridden just 600-800 miles over each summer, but never consistently rode enough to pass a thousand. It looks like I’ll be in the 2,000-3,000 mile range for the year if I continue riding as much as I have.
I also did my first big ride of the year, a leisurely 54 mile ride from a nearby town to the ocean. I’m feeling a lot stronger on my training rides and will be upping my mileage to at least 400-500 miles per month for the rest of the summer as I get ready for the 500 mile week at the start of September for Cycle Oregon. I’m planning on racing a bit as well, with some PIR races and Short Track later this month.
On the diet front, I’m still at the same weight that I was last month, but I did gain and lose several pounds in the middle there, so my weight loss of 10lbs at the beginning of the year is fairly stable (though I’d still like to keep going and lose 25 more). As I up my mileage this summer and eat more fresh foods, I suspect I’ll come down another 10lbs by mid-summer.