I commute on my bicycle as much as possible. One day last week, I wound up meeting my wife at her work for lunch. True to form, I rode my bike that day. Well, after lunch, we went around the museum to meet some of the folks that she works with, one of which was a guy named 'Steve'.
Steve noticed that I was wearing my cycling jersey and MTB shorts, and asked me about riding. As it turns out, he rides every weekend with his father, and they usually do about 15 miles, and since the weather had been exceptionally nice that past weekend, they rode 20. At this point, I had not said anything about the distance I normally ride (20 miles, round trip to work, more if errands are included). This particular day, I had already ridden about 22 miles, and still had a few more to go. So, I was trying to be encouraging about the fact that he was riding, and to not mention the fact that his long ride is less than what I do most days. I'm rather proud of the fact that I'm a commuter, but I also want to encourage others to get out and ride. I definitely don't want to make others feel that "if I can't do what he does, then I just shouldn't bother."
Of course, Steve asked me "So, how long is your ride to work?" So when I answered, I felt like I needed to downplay my usual distance, just because I didn't want to put him off of riding.
So, I love riding a bike and I try and encourage other to do so (or at least to get out and move), probably like most of you. Do you all ever downplay the distance you ride or feel bad about telling others how much you ride so as to not make them feel guilty that they don't do what you do?