It wasn’t really a challenge and that made it all the more difficult to ignore.
It was simply a statement. A resolution. A New Years Resolution made 5 days before the New Year, no less! Yeah, it was a challenge!
On December 26, 2006 Will Campbell went public with his commitment to pedal 2007 miles during the year 2007.
I thought about it for a bit. I did the math. I put it out my head. I ignored the silent taunting. Before I knew it, it was mid-January.
Saved from the pressure of resolutions and challenges by procrastination.
But it nagged at me. Especially when I racked 335 miles during BikeWinterLA 2007. Aarrrgggghhh.
Then I realized the game was not over.
Today is February 18, 2007. This is the Chinese New Year. Aka the Spring Festival.
This is 4705, the “Year of the Cyclist!”
I am going to celebrate by pedalling 4705 in the year 4705.*
Forty-Seven-Oh-Five in “05” has a nice ring to it!
See you on the streets!
*I’m also gonna be the first one on my block to go metric! 4705 km is equal to 2924 miles.