Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
You may have noticed that at the bottom of every Tech Talk there’s a little note that reads, “Ride total: X,XXX,” where the Xs are replaced with a number. Today’s number is 9,164. If you divide today’s number by 365, you will see that 9,164 daily consecutive rides equals a little over 25 years.
I thought I’d make an official announcement here about my cycling streak hitting the 25-year mark because it’s a big deal to me (it actually happened on December 29). Putting it in the big lights on RoadBikeRider is a way to officially record it. I’ve written about it a couple of times in past Tech Talks, too.
Here’s the most recent article, back when I had 21 years and 5 months under my wheels. I explain more about how I started streaking and what keeps me going.
Another reason I’m telling you about reaching the goal is because I’ve received a lot of support from you readers and from the coaches that write for RoadBikeRider. Many of you have sent words of encouragement, provided injury recovery tips, and a few have told me I was nuts – which I completely understand. One emailer even recommended I see a psychiatrist – advice I didn’t take.
You see, I have always respected what’s known as “streak athletes,” those who decide to see how many consecutive days in a row they can do some sport. I was introduced to the concept as a high school cross-country runner. Back then, I never strung together more than a couple of weeks of runs.
Still the idea stuck with me and I got a real taste in 1990, knocking out 1,000 consecutive days before a crash caused by black ice took me out of commission. It only steeled my resolve though, and my next streak is the one that continues to this day.
Watch the Streak TV Show
To share a lot more of what’s required to be a streaker, here’s a TV show about three streak athletes including yours truly at the 17-year mark. Each segment is about eight minutes long. I’m first, then runner Jim Covert and lastly surfer Dale Webster.
When the videographer contacted me about being on the show and he described what the other two guys had accomplished, I tried to talk them into finding someone else to take my place. I think you’ll agree that riding every day looks easy compared to their chosen streaks! Be sure to watch their stories and you’ll see what I mean.
Thanks again for your kind words of support that helped me keep going these 25 years (if I live to 100, it will represent 25% of my life!). Right now I plan to keep the streak going, but I don’t know if I’m ready to target the next big number, which is 10,000 days – that seems like a long ways off!
If you’re interested in streaks, I cover a couple of other amazing ones on my personal bike website here. And since it’s one of the most asked questions, I’ll finish with the answer: As far as I have been able to determine, there is no Guinness World Record for consecutive days cycling. However, there is an organization that tracks running streaks.
Ride total: 9,164