Thursday, September 3, 2009

Work and life...

Well, I have yet to get around to fixing the Schwalbe on the Kona. And I have not been able to ride my Cervelo all week. Following a relatively quiet August (everyone was on leave!) things have really kicked up a notch at work, with a huge meeting scheduled for tomorrow that is eating into my riding time (ergo, cancelling it).

So, for the second day in a row I have had to drive into work. I take the quickest route (about 6km) and get to steal the wife's new Fiat 500 (yup, that exact color too). so it is not bad... or rather as good as a car commute can be. Traffic has yet to reach full Rome craziness, but it has become almost 'normal' - turning a 6km commute into a harrowing 20~30 minute driving experience.

The wife notices that I become more irritable when I don't ride, and I end up sliding into bad habits - staying up late, snacking, etc. Funny how virtuous activities lead to virtuous cycles, and negative actions lead to... vicious downward spirals.

I guess this is just a quick post venting some frustration about juggling act we all have to deal with, trying to ensure that work, family and riding priorities all balance out. Of course, it never works that way. Kind of like a marriage. Ok, forget that, no need to go there now.... ;-)

I constantly tell myself that my job is not riding, I do not ride for a living. I have an office job, and the rest of my precious little time should be spent on family and a wee bit of exercise to stay in shape. But I must admit that I feel guilty about not riding enough and beat myself up about it. Not logical, I know.

So what's the point of this post? Not sure, needed to vent a bit about reality. How that work thing gets in the way of my free time!


  1. I feel your pain. I actually have two jobs one I work 72 hours a week at and the other I work about 25 hours a week. I have had to adjust to gettin gup at 0430 in order to get my riding in before I go to one of my jobs. Fortunately I have only really missed two days of riding not including rest days because of work related issues. On those two days I was stuck in the trainer and totally felt ripped off.

    Recently my wife has been expressing severe concern for the fact I am riding in the dark on these crazy roads in this F&*$#D up city. Its the only option I have though. One of the pro's of riding so early is I am not missing out on any family time or putting work in danger so that is what works best for me right now. There is a drawback though and that is limited times and limited distance. I would love to put in 50 or 60 miles in the morning but cannot because 1. I need to sleep sometime 2. that distance would mean I am going to be late for work.

    I agree that pesky work shit getting in the way of the finer things in life.

  2. Waking up at 04:30 to ride. In the midst of a 100 hour workweek. That is impressive. What time do you go to sleep?

  3. I usually go to bed round 9:30ish or 10.