I didn't keep up with stats when I first started riding. Heck, it was a while before I even had a computer on my bike to tell me how far I had ridden.
At some point I started using a spreadsheet to keep up with my mileage. I'm not sure when I started that, but the first one I can find is 2005. In that year I rode 1719.86 miles (my goal was 1500) in 128 hours 9 minutes and 50 seconds.
In 2006 I started logging my miles online using a wonderful free site called My Cycling Log (clever name, huh?). I think I actually started using it in 2007, but I went back and entered all my rides I had on my spreadsheet for 2006. I could have entered the ones for 2005 (still could, I guess), but I thought that might be overkill. Or at least overly OCD.
In 2005 I rode 1719.86 miles (my goal was 1500) in 128 hours 9 minutes and 50 seconds.
Since 2006 I have ridden my bike 355 times for a total of 11,690.47 miles. That's a little less than half the circumference of the Earth. I have spent 838 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds (really? I would have ridden ONE MORE SECOND today if I had known that was the total) on my bike. That's 34.96 DAYS on a bicycle seat.
Every time I hobble up the stairs on aching knees, I realize a day will come that I will be too old to bike. I hope that's a long, long time down the road. And I think of my friend Rozmo, who is ten years older than I am. She is my inspiration.
Man, I wish I had my mileage totals for all those years starting in 1992. Those would be some REALLY amazing numbers.
Sorry for tooting my own horn tonight.