Turns out a daily cycling plan is harder to stick to than expected.
What I’ve noticed since setting up this plan and not really sticking to it:
- I think about riding every day.
- The weather matches my available time only about 50% of the time.
- It is shockingly easier to fill of up that time with chores than to commit that time to myself.
- Time always feels like it’s in short supply and with the changing rules of the pandemic, time seems to be shrinking even more.
- Riding around the neighbourhood with the 30 minutes I have available to me each morning gets boring really fast. Going farther necessitates a major rework of my schedule that doesn’t feel feasible right now.
What I’ve learned in the last two weeks:
- I miss riding and I need to find a way to spend more time on my bike. I feel guilty taking more time away from family (which is the only flexible time I have right now) because I’m already committing a good chunk of time to writing and meditating. Maybe the lesson here is that I need to focus on one thing and not 10 things for myself and the guilt will fade.
- It’s hard to keep a steady habit when you’re counting on outside forces to fall into place. It has been very windy of late and whenever I have time to sneak in a ride, it’s raining.
- I have learned that if I have been putting off chores that need to get done, I should plan to go riding. Suddenly, those chores become a priority. Why is that? If I want to go cycling as badly as I think I do, why do the chores take priority?
- As things open up and the pandemic gets more under control, I have less time because I have more commitments to the outside world.
- Long rides down a winding trail are my preference and that’s not feasible right now. This inability to ride exactly how I want is affecting my riding all together. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of good. I have to keep reminding myself of this.