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I don't FEEL like a competitor, but...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My husband would never admit it, but he IS a competitor. He started this recumbent bike madness (& I'm glad that he did...) sometimes we ride together but not always. After he or we get home, he always "announces" how many miles he rode, his top speed, his average speed & his time. I found myself trying to push myself "just a little further" than him (never worrying about the other numbers). But lo & HAS become a competition. I usually ride 5-6 miles but recently pushed to complete, 7 then 9 then 10 & just when I thought that I had outdone him by riding 12.3 miles, I found out that he actually rode 12.SEVEN...darn I said. This morning I found myself waking up in bed & PRAYING that it would rain & that he wouldn't ride, as I KNEW that he would probably ride 14 miles & I'd have to do 15 to feel like I won. Fortunately, because the weather was great, he decided NOT to ride but instead work outside in the backyard. I was SO relieved...HowEVER, I pushed mySELF & rode 13.2 miles...I beat my OWN record & it felt good. As WONderful as it is to have the great support of SP friends, I was happy that I convinced myself that I CAN do it...I CAN let this wonderful SP program/lifestyle work for me. I feel like I am rambling again, but blogging helps me stay focused & I thank you for listening...Take care & have a great day...

JANEY emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 7/25/2013 7:07AM

    emoticon - always great to beat your own records

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NANCYPAT1 7/25/2013 12:28AM

    Great competition - you are doing awesome.

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 7/24/2013 10:19PM

    Congratulations on the 13.2!!! Don't let dread take the fun out of exercise though. Competition can be a powerful motivator, unless it takes on a life of its own. Whatever happens, keep pushing yourself--even if you are competing against yourself, ie best time, longest distance, most resistance.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/24/2013 8:55PM

    Who did you say the competitor is? LOL...great story, and great work, Janey!!

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TATTER3 7/24/2013 7:27PM

    Yep, this is good!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/24/2013 5:43PM

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CINDHOLM 7/24/2013 5:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATESQUEST 7/24/2013 5:31PM

    LOL! So, it is your husband who is a competitor, eh? My husband and I had the same experience years ago when we were riding. He always could go a little further and faster than I could and I found it a little frustrating that I could never win that race emoticon Like you, I learned from that experience to compete only with myself on the bike! emoticon Next spring we will both be on new bikes but for now I am sticking with the indoor bikes at the gym. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 7/24/2013 5:04PM

    Friendly competition is a great motivator, as long as it stays friendly.

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LKWQUILTER 7/24/2013 3:55PM

    Competition helps me and makes me want to do better. You are doing GREAT Janey!!

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KANSASROSE67 7/24/2013 3:23PM

    Love the "friendly" competition with your husband! It seems to be working for you!

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HKARLSSON 7/24/2013 2:43PM

    Wheeee! Well done!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/24/2013 1:34PM

    That can be a good competition! Whether it be against your husband or yourself, keep on biking! emoticon

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