Thursday, October 13, 2011
I am kind of a geek for the Spark Points, and love to see myself get over 100 points each day. But I only give myself points for things I actually do, when I do them. So when I see the leaderboard for points starting the month with over 2000 points assigned on day one, I'm irritated by people gaming the system.
Then I happened to follow through to the leaderboard for fitness minutes. Apparently there are people who are working out for 3.5 hours every single day.
Every. Single. Day.
Pardon me if I'm just a bit cynical about this. I've had days with 3.5 hours of exercise. I've had days with more than that, on century rides.
But every day? I'm suspicious.
Then I realize: it's not really my business, is it? If they are working out that long daily, that's their business. And if they are gaming the system for the points, that doesn't impact my own progress, does it? I'm in this only for me. Other people aren't "ahead" of me or "behind" me. They are simply on their own paths.
My childhood sense of fairness and outrage at what I perceive to be potential cheating are immaterial here, because my journey isn't about that. I can't let such things get in my way or trip me up.
I'm always going to be somewhere in the mid-back of the pack. But as long as I'm making progress on my own goals, that's just fine.