I have a quirk that I want to tell you about. I don’t know if you will find this odd, or not, but it’s me and I can’t help it. When I go out for a bike ride or a run, I’m disappointed if I don’t go far enough to “make it worth it”. I’m not sure why, but if I don’t make it a minimum distance, I almost consider the effort a failure.

That minimum distance when riding is 20 miles, unless it’s a commute or a slow ride with Pam on one of our trails. Other than that, it’s gotta be 20 miles or nothing! Anything less isn’t worth getting sweaty over! When running, I need to go 3 miles for some stupid reason!

With that said, I usually run with a group of co-workers during the winter. There is a group that consists of 2-6 folks who go for a lunchtime run, using various routes starting from our building.  Lately, I’ve been getting the feeling that some of those routes are a little short of my minimum. When I didn’t know that, it didn’t seem to bother me, but one of the guys brought his Garmin Forerunner the other day, and they only ran 2.66 miles. 2.66! Holy cow, that’s not enough! Based on that, I decided I would dig out my phone and start mapping the various lunchtime running routes we use.

I’m happy to report that today’s route is pretty darn close to a 5k. It logged at 3.09 miles! Just right for an oddball like me!

God bless…


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3 Comments on “Quirky!”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Let me understand this. If you ride to the gym and it’s less than 20 miles it is a failure? This is rational? I’d like to hear more details…

  2. bikinginla Says:

    Actually, I understand perfectly. I’m the same way, although my number is a little higher than yours. Anything less feels lazy, like I just haven’t made myself work had enough to justify it.

  3. Mark Gullett Says:

    I understand; when I ran it was 5 miles or bust. Now that I almost excursively ride it’s different. I’m usually on the trails where we don’t count miles but I have to ride at least an hour or I feel like it wasn’t even worth the drive.

    You’re not alone. :)

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