#1 I'm 63 years old, for Pete's sake.
#2 I didn't do my yoga this morning.
#3 I didn't have my yogurt this morning.
#4 I only do this for fun. My score for the day doesn't matter. I've had enough fun now.
#5 I didn't get out and practice this week so I'm not tuned up for racing.
#6 On the whole, I would rather be in Philadelphia.
#7 I only race to learn what skills I need to improve. I've learned enough skills I need to improve now.
#8 I haven't checked Facebook for over two hours.
#9 I'm really struggling these days with gusty, shifty breezes.
#10 I should really get out and practice this week in gusty, shifty breezes instead of trying to race any more.
#11 I didn't have any lunch.
#12 The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the lawnmower.
#12.5 No, I have no idea either why that last excuse is relevant. Except I am fairly tall.
#13 The wind just picked up. People ahead of me in the fleet are starting to capsize and crash into each other.
#14 I don't want to capsize. The water looks wet.
#15 I don't want some idiot to crash into me.
#16 I haven't checked Twitter for three hours.
#17 I'm really slow downwind today. I have no idea why.
#18 I haven't been DFL yet. If I quit now, I'll never be DFL today.
#19 Some other old guy has already quit. I won't be the first old guy to quit.
#20 It looks like it might rain.
#21 I'm not sailing well today. If I keep on not sailing well, I will effectively be practicing how not to sail well.
#22 These sailing gloves are very stiff and tight. They are making my hands ache.
#23 I did a couple of hours gardening before I left home this morning. That makes almost fours hours of exercise altogether. That's enough for one day.
#24 Because soaring with the eagles requires so much more effort.
#25 There's a bone in my leg.
#26 I'm a wimp.
#27 I'm planning to run a half-marathon next weekend. I mustn't do anything too strenuous today. I need to taper.
#28 I'll be 64 this year, for Pete's sake.
#29 If I only sail three races I can write a blog post titled 30 Reasons Why I Only Sailed 3 Races Today.
#30 At some point, hanging in there just makes you look like an even bigger loser.
#31 I've already beaten everyone who didn't show up at all today.
OK. I know that's 31, not 30. So shoot me.