Tuesday, 12 January 2010

I'm SO tough...

Well, not really! Nuh-uh! Not at all!

I have however noticed a distinct pattern of blogging amongst several cycle blogs, which consists of something like this:
"Outside it wasn't simply snowing, it was chucking down ice-bergs (with pieces of Titanic still attached!) but I went cycling through it all! Of course people asked if I'm mad, but after watching me cycle through all sorts of weather for the past 400 years they still don't get it: I'm TOUGH!! More still - I'm a tough CYCLIST!!!"

All I have to say to them is STOP! You're sounding exactly like a 5 year-old going "My daddy's bigger than your daddy".

Look, I really couldn't care less if you cycled unassisted to the South Pole & back. Well, actually I'd be interested to hear the details of such a feat, but you know what I'm saying.

I cycled to work through the worst snow Plymouth's had for decades, and you know what? It was EASIER and SAFER than driving. As a result, I lay no claim to being tough, 'cause I'm not.

Excited I'll plead guilty to, because I like snow and rarely get to play in it, and this was the very first time in my life I went cycling in it. It was amazing and I'd love to do it again and again. Not because I'm tough, but because my inner child demands more of it!

So please stop going on in your blog about how it was - 380C (yes, I'm aware scientifically you cannot get that cold - I'm being sarcastic). So going on about the 500 mph winds you faced on your little ride to work, whilst dressed only in the right clothes because you're such an expert. See, all that just comes across as bragging, and bragging is a major turn-off.

If you want to tell us about your sub-zero commute, make it funny and informative - not just a brag about how tough you are.

Maybe I'm just a wimp, but do you know what? This wimp can un-follow braggers in a hurry.