It’s 2021 and time once again to review my fitness goals from 2020. I started my latest fitness journey in 2011, and almost every year I have written up a year in review to analyze what I have achieved and set goals for the next year (Links to most of them are at the bottom of the post). My fitness took a dip when I moved to New Jersey, but this year I have once again found my groove and am back to where I have been in the past.

I have been tracking my fitness results since 2011 using a variety of apps & programs, most recently Map My FitnessStrava, Zwift, Oculus (gsimerlink), and  FitBit. Each one has its benefits and drawbacks, however, I will be continuing to use all five in 2021. Feel free to friend me on any of them. I also have a post from several years ago where I talk about fitness and weight loss in general: Fitness, Body Image, BMI & Health

Biking has been one of the things that I have been able to really do during the pandemic with live and virtual rides being a great way to change my scenery and blast out my energy. This has been one of the positives for my 2020.

While I am not too far overweight, I started 2020 being near my heaviest since I started tracking my fitness stats. There are several reasons for the gain and lack of progress losing it, but it really comes down to portion control and will power. I was able to make some progress, especially during the second half of the year, and ended up about eight pounds lighter than on January 1st. Still, I would like to have gotten to my preferred zone (175-190lbs).

A look at my actual statistics for 2020:

178 – Total workouts for 2020
I had planned on doing at least 150 workouts including; 80 P90X workouts, plus 1500 miles of rides, and 100 miles of running. I did not meet my running or P90X goals, but I did beat my total workout goals and crushed my bike mileage goal. My months were consistent this year with all months having between 12 and 19 days with workouts. I do feel that with the addition of my Wahoo indoor bike trainer I was able to keep on track all year.  Overall I worked out 49% of the year, almost every other day, and one of my top three years since I started tracking in 2011.

12 – P90X Workouts
Fitness Room 2020 - Greg Simerlink
I really never pushed into P90X in 2020, with this being the first year I did below 50 workouts since I first bought the program in late 2011. I do get a lot out of the program and know that I have been neglecting my upper body workouts. I’m planning on making at least the upper body parts of the program a part of my standard routine in 2021.

166 – Bike RidesBiking 2020

In 2020, I smashed my goal of 1,500 miles this year, by riding 3,036 miles in total in 166 rides. This was a doubling of my milage in 2019 and I feel a lot better about my biking opportunities here on the coast. My Wahoo trainer really helped boost my miles with 1,750 of them on my training while using the immersive Zwift app. The other 1,286 miles were outdoors over the course of 52 rides. My favorite place to bike is still on the outer bank islands along the Jersey shore and I was able to ride every mile of accessible trail/road from Cape May to Sandy Hook in 2020. In addition, I explored more routes near my home and on the mainland further North. Unfortunately, I did not ride any near NYC and only once in Philadelphia this year. I do plan on changing that in 2021 with a larger variety of rides. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of the barrier islands even better and many of the bayside routes from the mainland as well.

Heat Map of Bike Ride 2020 - Greg SimerlinkSee my interactive Strava Heat Map for 2020: Greg Simerlink Biking Heat Map 2020


0 – Runs
Nothing again, not even a treadmill this year. How lame is that? I really need to correct this and get back into doing some running. Of course, I have had zero runs for each of the past three years…maybe running is not going to happen anymore?

0 – Oculus Fitness (New for 2021)
This is my latest addition to my fitness plan. I finally purchased an Oculus Quest 2 and while there are a lot of great games I  am also focusing on a few fitness apps. My top three are Audio Trip, FitXR, and OhShape, with Audio Trip being the most used by a wide margin.

General Activity
There are many chances to get activity locally and my daily step count average for 2020 was ~9,000 steps. NYC & Philadelphia are both nearby with many amazing miles of walking/hiking to be done, but due to Covid those were out of bounds this year. However, our house has a lot of trees and quite a bit of yard maintenance is required. Overall, I would much rather ride or lift than do yard care since I like to sweat and get my heart rate up while targeting specific muscle groups. I’m sure I will be doing plenty of yard work this coming year, but I don’t want to be trapped by my yard.

Healthy Eating
I have been eating fairly healthily for years and since my big overhaul in 2011, I really do not have many bad things to cut out. This year I have been using Purple Carrot on occasion which has opened up a lot wider variety of vegan options into my diet and has inspired me to get a bit more creative with my meals. Throughout 2020 I feel I have made the most progress in years and I plan to continue this trend.
Zwift Avatar - Greg Simerlink
Goals for 2020
Weight: Lose 25 pounds
Biking: At least 2,500 miles with an equal mix of outdoor/indoor. Also taking our Mountain biking
Hiking: 100 miles at a minimum
Workouts: 70 P90X workouts, or any combination of structured workout
Meals: Eat as many vegan meals as possible. Cut back on all snacking other than fruit/nuts/veggies, as well as, reduction of alcohol consumption
General: Support myself & my friends
2019 Year in Review
2018 Year in Review
2016 Year in Review
2015 Year in Review

Feel free to follow me on any of the apps listed at the top of the post…see you on the trails! Below is one of my favorite ride photos from 2020…one of the reasons I ride!

Sun over Ocean - Greg Simerlink