It could be said that I am excessively competitive. I do tend to turn almost everything into some kind of competition. Usually I just compete with myself and try to do something better or faster or weirder than I’ve ever done it before. I also compete against other people in games, sports, crossword puzzles, and any other activity where there will be a winner and a loser.
Then there is a third kind of competition that might be considered a little devious–the kind in which I compete with other people who don’t even know there IS a competition. That third kind is what the CLC is to me. I considered it a race to eternal glory between me and all other Cycle365ers. It was like that last year too.
Unfortunately for me, a Cycle365er named Scott caught on to what I was doing and at the last minute he defeated me by employing a very questionable tactic. Let me refresh your memory.
See how boastful he was? See how he mocked me for falling for the oldest trick in the book? “The Old Hidden Ride Trick” he referred to was his plan to sneak in two CLC rides in one day when he knew I was on the verge of victory.
Look, unlike most ultra-competitive types, I’m generally not a sore loser. I’m a pretty good loser. (Wait, that didn’t come out right. I’m not GOOD AT LOSING. It’s just that when I DO lose I’m good about it.) At least I’m a good loser outwardly, but inside it tears me up. I did not want to lose in that way again.
Yesterday, after I completed my 6th CLC ride, I was feeling pretty confident that I’d be the winner. Yes, I knew Nancy was my closest competitor, and I think she was onto my competitive quest to win this thing, but I was also pretty sure she had too much integrity to pull something like A TRIPLE Hidden Ride Trick.
Yet, I knew Scott was still out there.
“Could he possibly pull off seven rides with seven purchases in one day,” I wondered?
“Hell YEAH, he could,” I replied to myself.
So, to fend off his last minute blitzkrieg, this morning I headed out for my 7th qualifying ride. And unless Scott manages to post seven rides before I upload the next few pictures, I will be this year’s CLC champion whether the rest of you knew there was a championship or not.
As I am writing this post, Minnesota’s governor is on the TV announcing his own Coronavirus lockdown as several other governors have done. I have no idea how strict this is going to be, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to NOT ride my bike. I might find myself confronted by the police in the near future. If so, I’m going with Emily’s plan. As long as I have a pannier attached to my bike, I think I can get away with claiming “I’m on my way to the grocery store for much needed food supplies.”
If they have the internet in jail, I’ll report back to you.