This past week has been a busy one for me work wise. At work we host the annual asia-pacific workshops for the IB, this year saw about 380 people attend.
My role is the ICT/AV lead and logistics co-coordinator, I get advised of the number of people attending and I have to allocate classrooms and ensure that each room is equipped to meet the needs of the workshop leader. I’m also responsible to ensure everyone can connect to our wireless network. Not always an easy job when you deal with locked down networks!
As always we have a few challenges and not everything goes to plan. Set up day was Tuesday with the workshops running Wednesday – Friday.
I was very mentally and physically active covering between 7-10km per day.
After being so busy and dedicated to supporting others I wanted to be totally selfish this weekend and was trying to work out what to do.
Today was one of my first “missed goal” days, I had planned to ride in a charity bike ride known as “The Big Red Ride” a ride from Glengelg to Outter Harbour, a distance of about 48km. Due to various reasons my training for this was off and I failed to register as I wasn’t ready.
So I’ve set myself new goals some very short term and some mid term goals.
Today I road from Haybrough “a suburb of Victor Harbour” to The Bluf, round trip it’s about 20km.
Tomorrow I plan to cycle from Harbough to Goolwa. I initially planned to do this as a straight road ride but I’m still building my confidence for on road riding and a large chunk of the ride the speed limit is 80-100km. I’m not familiar with traffic passing at 50/60 so was going to let that idea go too. I mentioned this concern to a work colleague yesterday and he mentioned that there is a bikeway part off road/shared/ on road that covers the same journey.
So that’s the plan tomorrow is to cycle one way, evaluate how I feel and either cycle back or catch the Steamranger train back
One way the journey is around 20km. So if I do return I’ll cover 60km for the weekend which will mean based on distance I’ll exceed the ride I didn’t make today.
The beauty of doing it “my way” is I get to pace it and can rest/stop whenever I please.
I’ve bought a second drink bottle cage for my bike and a new insulated drink bottle, so I’ll always stay well hydrated.
When I got back to my overnight accommodation today after my 20km ride I felt really good. Last time I tried to cycle in this area I really struggled. It’s testament to the hard work I’ve put in the past year and the fact I’m now at a fitness level I’ve not had probably since my teens.
One thing I’m determined to achieve is to push forward and look into the future and where possible not look back too much in the past.
I recently had some counseling and about half an hour in I thought to myself “why am I here” we are talking about things I’ve moved past and talking about them isn’t going to help. Sure there are some things at the time I should have dealt with better and some things I would have done differently but the past is the past.
While it can be important to remember where you’ve come from, leaving the past in the past is also important.
Jumping topics again I’m trying to motivate a few people plus I take inspiration from a number of other people and sources too.
One of the best tweets I saw of last week is “don’t take your ability to exercise for granted” This little saying means so much to me, not only due to the set backs from last year but a reminder that not everyone affords themselves the time to get out and be active. I was thinking as I woke today that my plans for this weekly largely revolved around me getting out and exercising. Go back a couple of years and you couldn’t get me out of bed before noon on a weekend.
Today as I cycled back enjoying a tail wind I looked around and felt to a certain extent in touch with nature. To the right I had the beach and the sea and while there was plenty of man made things to see, feeling the breeze and being out in daylight was just brilliant.
Mainly for safety I don’t cycling to music, and when I walk depending on where it is, is if I listen to music or not.
When I’m walking around my neighborhood I generally do listen to music, but when there are new surroundings or particularly on a beach walk I like to “connect” with the environment around me. Particularly on a beach walk I love to hear the sound of waves breaking on the beach. I have my Physio to thank for suggesting the “no music” as she likes to be in tune with nature.
I guess the thing I really enjoy on walks/rides is the lack of outside noises, I’m not listening to the noise of my car’s engine and I’m also traveling slower. It gives me a greater chance to take note of my environment. I find that during the week I walk around almost with blinkers on, oblivious to the outside world and surrounds and taking a moment to see what surrounds you. It’s this greater appreciation for the world around and the ability of being able to so freely exercise is something that I hold near and dear to me and encourage you to do the same.
So while I’m loving the fact that I can so easily get out and about, I will never take my ability to exercise for granted and I again encourage you to not take it for granted either.