I've often written in this Forum how I don't tend to set personal
goals. I do record my daily mileage in bikejournal.com as I like to
know how far I've ridden, but I've hesitated to actually set a
mileage goal of any kind...that is until this month.
After seeing that I rode a little over 500 miles last month, in a
moment of weakness, or maybe it was a moment of madness,
I set a goal to try to adhere to for the month of July. I chose
to attempt to average 20 miles a day for a total of 600 miles
for the month allowing one day off. Well, it's the 6th and I've
got 122 miles so far and I still have to ride home yet today. It would
appear that I'm off to a good start. I'm not. I'm miserable. I
don't like being concerned about not getting in enough miles
on any given day and then having to ride even farther on the next day.
I know that setting a personal goal like this is not a binding contract
with myself or any such thing. The fact that I set it though kind of
compels me to make a sincere attempt to complete the month with the
afore mentioned mileage, or risk feeling like I have let myself down
and failed in some way. So I'll keep hammering away, knocking down
mile after mile. If I succede, I'll bask in the warmth of my own little
victory.....if I fail I'll suffer my own little humiliation. One thing
is certain though. If the mileage quest has become this tedious
already after only six days, I'll not likely do such a thing as this again.
I have attained a much higher level of respect for all of you who are
successful goal oriented achievers. My helmet's off to you all.