As far as I can tell, this month’s challenge is to photograph something you’ve never photographed before. Suzanne proposed it a couple days ago, Old Grumbleface seconded it, Lednar Zeppelin thirded it, and Gregblood fourthed it. And there were no objections. (There may be some objections to “thirded” and “fourthed” coming soon though.) So, as far as I’m concerned, Suzanne’s motion passes unanimously.
When I set out on today’s bike ride I had no preconceived ideas for the challenge. I just wanted to get out into the finest weather so far this year. However, it only took about five minutes before my competitive streak kicked in–and I’m not talking about my ridiculous desire to always be the first person to meet the Cycle365 Challenge every month.
I was about 50 yards from the T-intersection where Pine Street meets Highway 46 when I saw another cyclist heading west out of town. Competitive ME took over and said, “I’m gonna catch that guy, shout “on your left,” and pass him up like a dirty shirt.”
I’m embarrassed to say I couldn’t catch up to him, and it’s not due to lack of effort. At times I pedaled like crazy and thought I was getting a little closer, but he must have had a rear view mirror because every time I gained on him, he seemed to speed up. I guess he’s just as competitive as I am.
After about 10 miles of maximum effort and gaining no ground, I just backed off. Had he been within hearing distance I would have shouted, “I’ll get you next time, you son-of-a-b—-!”
It’s true, I’ve always been pretty competitive. I’ve played sports most of my life. But I’m really not one of those jack-ass, sore loser types. I’m more like those soccer kids in the featured picture up there at the top. I like to win, but I can accept defeat. I just like to have fun. That might be the reason a lot of people see me as a laid-back kind of dude. I guess I project a dual image: Cool Guy/Tough Guy.
I’m just glad that I was able to relate all this to the monthly challenge. Indeed, I have never before photographed my competitiveness. Nor have I ever photographed my SPEED. Here are a few examples of my blazing speed.