That number is 12,000. My mileage goal for the year. After last week, I'm about 300 miles from reaching that goal.
Tracking miles is something I had never done until recently. My motivation was not bragging rights, but rather a system to prevent me from riding too much. A few years back just prior to the beginning of cross season I had some terrible fatigue, high resting heart rates and no power on the bike. It was very frustrating because I felt like I had made some good gains in fitness over the Summer, but I had no idea why I felt so crappy for such an extended period of time. A friend pointed out all the big rides and races I had recently participated in over the Summer prior to the onset of my funk. It finally dawned on me that I was doing too much. It took almost a month to feel "normal" again. I was overtrained.
So I started tracking all the miles I put in. All of them. Commuting, racing or just plain old riding along. It all adds up in my opinion.
The first year I kept track I was able to log right around 10,000. Last year was around 12. For no good reason I had a goal of 15 this year, but quickly realized I would be defeating the purpose of tracking the miles in the first place. I figured 12 seems to be a nice even number that is obtainable and won't wreck my other cycling endeavors for the rest of the year. So now I'm super excited to reach this milestone again this year. Barring any major catastrophes I should be able to get it done within the next two weeks. Then a new year begins.