After 4 days, I was feeling pretty good about my goal. I had ridden two rides of 20 miles and one ride of 40 miles. I missed one day, but I was still on par for my goal. Then day 5 came...nothing. Day 6? nothing, etc.
I was frustrated because I obviously was not going to reach my goal. As the days wore on, I was finding excuses to not ride. Then, one day, I had a few minutes to reflect on the excuses I had been making:
- Day long downpour: not much can be done about this.
- Rode a 40 mile route that I thought was 30: I had the route information wrong. I was really sore the next day. That's fine with me.
- Spent my free time paddling through the Floodwood Loop with some friends: Hey, that's exercise!
- Spent my free time paddling down the Raquette River with my in-laws: Also exercise!
- Spent a day driving through the high peaks with my family: Isn't this why we go on vacation?
It occurred to me that all of these excuses are either exercise related or family related. So I didn't make my goal, but I'm happy with my vacation and I'm only slightly disappointed that I didn't reach my goal.