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Committing to something

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:

  1. I think about riding every day.
  2. The weather matches my available time only about 50% of the time.
  3. It is shockingly easier to fill of up that time with chores than to commit that time to myself.
  4. Time always feels like it’s in short supply and with the changing rules of the pandemic, time seems to be shrinking even more.
  5. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. As things open up and the pandemic gets more under control, I have less time because I have more commitments to the outside world.
  5. 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.