There are of course few joys in life more pure than that of creating a spreadsheet. For one thing, they allow you to narcissistically geek out on your own data.
But also -- and especially when the data collection is pretty new -- a fitness spreadsheet lets you motivate yourself will all sorts of arbitrary record-setting challenges. This works especially well when you pay attention to a category, day of the month in my case, that allow multiple opportunities for success.
For instance, from this weekend I was able to eke out the following array of impressive achievements:
Friday:Longest run on the 16th of a month, 2010.*
Longest bicycle ride of all time!**
July becomes month with most miles ridden in 2010.
Longest run of all time on the 17th of a month.***
July becomes month with most miles run in 2010.
Longest bicycle ride of all time!****
July becomes month with most miles ridden of all time!Longest run on the 18th of a month, 2010.*****
This kind of motivation probably won't work with just any personality type -- it takes a certain penchant for self-deception, is probably the most important thing -- but it sure works with me. I highly recommend it.
*by running about 2 miles. I hadn't run on the 16th previously this year.
**a little more than 20 miles. I haven't been riding my bike much lately.
***about 3 1/2 miles. It was a really soft record.
****33 miles. A decent ride, and never mind that I've ridden more than 80 miles in a day in the past. That was before the spreadsheet! It doesn't count!
*****Again, about 2 miles on a day that I hadn't run on yet in 2010.
Saturday: Michael & Mrs.5000 on the then longest bicycle ride of all time.