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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Chris & I are highlighted on website on making 5,000 miles this year.

Its nice to be recognized. 6 years ago

CJQ: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bite at a time.


Well today I did it! I reached my goal of cycling 5,000 miles in 2008. It was not always easy to get on a bike but with a clear plan on how many miles I needed weekly, I would focus only at achieving or passing the miles needed that week.

Now that I have a solid fitness base, I’ll work at maintaining that while increasing my overall strength.

Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way and those who joined me on the attempt. You all kept me focused and motivated.

Not to bad for a 43 year old. Pedal On! 6 years ago

Chris PineWell I made the 5000 mark today.

Just wanted to get my post in here and register my time and date. I needed 28.80 miles to hit the 5000 mile mark and I accomplished that at approx 13:25 Mountain Standard Time today. I was all prepared to do this on November 30th and get this done in 11 months. The weather did not allow me to do this that day and I had to leave the next morning on a trip for work the entire following week. So today was the next day to get r done! Will post a picture or two here in a while. Total miles today was 32.35 which brings my year total as of today to 5003.55
This was a very special goal for me! I thank each of you that participated and encouraged me along the way!

Chris 6 years ago


Not bad mileage (344) for the month considering it was November. I am hoping to finally reach the magic 5,000 in the next 2 weeks as I have only 138 miles left to go.

It is going to feel really good when I can mark this one complete!

YTD Miles: 4,862 6 years ago

nicolasc has left the building.Short on time today...

only got 7 miles in.

94 + 7 = 101 miles.

I broke 100! Yay me! 6 years ago

nicolasc has left the building.OK, there are three more times I've ridden at the gym, 10.8 miles each time (we'll call it 10) so...

64 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 94


OK, it won’t be 5000, but maybe I could say…minimum of 20 miles per week, 6 more weeks left in the year, I’ll be happy if I hit at least 220 miles this year. Hopefully some of that will be in the fresh air and not on a stationary bike, but hey, I’ll take what I can get!

My rehab right now is trying to get to the gym 2-3 times per week and do 30 minutes on the bike, 20 on elliptical. Unless I’m in a rush, I also do horizontal leg press (sled), leg curls, abductor, adductor, wall squats, ball squats, straight leg raises, quad tightening exercises, seated calf raises, balance disc, and stretches (along with upper body work with the weights and going to martial arts 2-3x/week). I need to stay consistent, because having gone so long not being able to exercise I have packed on way too much poundage and I have lost my stamina for some of the exercises and drills.

At the end of this year, I’m going to add more specific goals regarding rehab and getting back into shape. 6 years ago

CJAlmost There

Today I passed another milestone and cracked the 4,500 mile mark for the year. YTD miles are 4,508.

I’m glad the cycling gods smiling on me and I only have 492 miles left to cover during the next 2 months. 6 years ago

nicolasc has left the building.Back onto a stationary bike,

joined a gym to keep up on the rehab. First day did about 2 miles (just a trial while the guy was showing me around), and the second time I went in I did 10 miles. (Plus I’ve been using the elliptical machine, too, after riding the bike.)


52 + 2 + 10 = 64 miles to date.

I also bought a new bike helmet. My ex had my old one, and basically absconded with it for my son to use. Why we just couldn’t go in halves on a new helmet for the boy I’ll never know, but he has held my helmet captive for the last two years and gave me one of his old ones to use. Gee, thanks. So when I’m riding on the dirt fire road two weekends ago with My Man, it was fine on the way in, because the back end of that was uphill. But on the way out, we were fuh-LYING downhill. Holy SPOKES that was fun…except... my helmet kept flying back off of my head (even though the straps had been tightened). Really useful. So I forked out and got a new, well-fitting helmet in anticipation of more rides in the woods and maybe some rides in to work.

Hmmm, I think I may break 100 miles before the end of the year… 6 years ago

nicolasc has left the building.Haven't made an entry in a while...

but there’s not been much cycling action.

37 + 6 PT miles + 9 fire trail miles today = 52 miles

I joined this goal, not with the idea that I would actually cycle 5,000 miles, but just to get my backside onto a bicycle and riding. To be honest, I thought at most it would be about 5 miles! So having racked up 52 miles so far is more than I expected I would do. And there are two more months before the end of the year, so…I’m happy. 6 years ago

Ms. Sunflower of the FLIRTY PlainsThis goal isn't any fun without GoodnightGrace

if she’s giving up, I’m giving up.

Total miles cycled: 0
Total hours spent having fun driving the SAG vehicle: 43 6 years ago

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