Gnat! (gnat23) wrote,

Gnat's Cycling Game

cannella asked for it, and I figured it deserved its own post since I'm pretty proud of it. It's *worked* for its intended purpose: to get me out and motivated to get on my bike.

Level 1, Score one point for reaching any one of the following:
- 50 miles distance
- 5000 ft elevation
- 3500 calories burned

Level 2, one point each:
- 60 miles distance
- 6000 ft elevation
- 3500 calories burned

Level 3, one point each:
- 70 miles distance
- 7000 ft elevation
- 3750 calories burned

.... and so on. Ten points to level, with a prize if desired (usually new cycling socks).

I'm currently at Level 8 since restarting Jan 1 (2400mi, 100,000ft, 108,000 cals). Doing a long hilly ride really helps gain points quickly, otherwise it takes a few weeks to make any progress. When I was doing nothing but (flat) commutes, it felt like I was stuck at level 5 through spring.

Now that I have my mountain bike, I'm trying to figure out if that should fit into the same scale/pattern or if it should get its own. Mileage is *way* more difficult on that thing!

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