I had a brief conversation with one of my fellow cyclists in the changing rooms at work this morning. I know him vaguely, but mostly we’re on nodding terms because we cycle to work on much the same route at around about the same times of day, and he frequently whizzes past me.
“I saw you out running the other day too, Tim. Are you in training for something?”
"So you just like exercising?"
"I don’t even really count cycling as exercise any more”
He laughed as though this was funny. I don’t find it funny. I'm serious. It's a fairly flat 4 miles each way to work and if I only do that in a day and no other form of exercise, it definitely counts as a rest day.
I've just checked and apparently I’ve cycled nearly 1000 miles so far this year. 8 miles a day, five times a week.... it soon adds up.
Still doesn't count.
Be honest with me: do you think I’ve got a problem? As I cycled home in the lashing rain this evening, I have to admit that even I wondered....