|Posing for a K-Hound photo after the Great Adventure ride (10/2)|
To be recognized as a K-Hound one must accumulate 10,000 kilomters of RUSA sanctioned brevets and permanents. The closest I'd ever come was in 2010 with a total of 6651 K. Although, in the 2010 season I'd logged a total of road miles exceeding 12,000. I reviewed the results of the riders with the highest kilometer totals in the nation. What I learned is these folks did very little unsanctioned riding. Most of their bike time was spent on brevets and permanents. The Randonneuring groups with the most K-Hound riders had lots of local permanents to ride. With the 100k variety being a popular method in the accumulation of sanctioned k's. With that I established two 100 kilometer RUSA permanent routes starting within three miles from my home. In the past I was always going out for unsanctioned rides of 60-80 miles. This season I would make those rides count by frequenting these permanent routes. Soon other 100k routes became available in the area and for variety I would ride these, along with some longer permanents as well. On October 2nd while riding my Great Adventure permanent, in the company of a few friends, I rolled past the 10,000 kilometers. My total of road miles were almost 11,000. I had improved my ratio of RUSA kilometers over prior years by the frequent riding of permanents.
To keep myself motivated I will attempt to reach a total of 13,000 RUSA kilometers and 13,000 logged road miles. Also, I will continue to chase the P-12 and R-12 awards. With the P-12 concluding in December and the R-12 in March. These goals are important to keep me on the bike when the weather in our region becomes less cycling friendly. I'm not a fan of cold weather, but through practice I've learned to deal with it. Fortunately, I will not be alone. I have friends chasing the same goals. I look forward to their company and the motivation that comes from sharing common goals.