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January 7th, 2017:

I am winning

A wise person once said that you are only ever competing with yourself.

My goal of running 2,017 kilometers in 2017 is off to a good start. I’m keeping a record of my progress in a spreadsheet. In the “score” cell is the difference between the progress that I should be making and what I actually have done. Anything over zero means that I am ahead of my goal. In gamification terms, that means that I am “winning.”


My sister is also challenging herself. Her goal is to write 2,017 pages. She’s blogging about her experience here: We are each other’s accountability buddies to keep us honest and encourage each other.

The gamification part is pretty motivating in and of itself. Although I am winning today, the game isn’t over yet. Tomorrow I will be back in the hole by 4+ km, unless I accumulate more distance.

Onward and upward.

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