Somewhere along the way this past fall, I decided that my first year's mileage goal would be 1,400 miles, or 200/month (because I started in June).
This week, I've been feeling just a little down because it didn't appear I would make the goal. Yesterday I sat at 1,300 miles, so today, I pushed it and rode 50 miles but tonight I'm wiped out. The thought of another 50 miles in the next two days was looking too much, given other things I need to get done.
But then I realized -- I didn't start riding until June 7th! (The anal part is I actually went back and looked at my posts to confirm this...).
That means there were six days I should hold against myself, because I didn't even have the bike yet! And 200/month = 6.67/day based on 30 day months.
That means I get a "40 mile credit" against the 1,400, which means I only need to ride another 10 miles in the next two days to achieve my annual goal, if expressed as a daily goal of 6.67 miles/day since date of acquisition.
And THAT means I can end the year feeling good that I met my goal, and not feeling bad that I came *this* close. Even though I fully realize it's all in my head either way.
And I know what many of you are thinking, and you're right. But hey -- it works for me! I'm the Master of Rationalization!