I try to keep track of when I'm rationalizing. I do it a lot as I age. But I keep track.
I race--a little--everytime there is another boat headed the same way.
The difference with cruising is that you race when you want and stop when it's tiresome.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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