Don’t press the button….. ‘Self destruct!’
Those that know me, will know that earlier in the year, I hit the ‘self destruct’ button with full commitment! Landing me with an inner ear infection, a burst ear drum, and generally incapable of being a part of everyday life due to the pain and incapability to stand up unaided….
- I have a pretty cool job, it has its ‘stressful moments’ but it’s cool.
I have a wonderful wife and two adorable kids, that create many fantastic memories and a few moments of ‘head in hand despair’ lol
I have an awesome hobby as you all prob know, involving me riding up hill lots, to enjoy avoiding trees and rocks at max velocity on the way back down again on pedal cycles.
So what’s all this ‘self destruct button’ all about then?…. It’s simple…. To say I was burning the candle at both ends was an understatement! I was training at 5:45am before opening the gym 4 days a week, finishing work and resuming daddy day care duties most afternoons whilst the wife earned her keep, and every chance I had, no matter what the time or day, I was riding my bike… BOOM
Around 9 months later I find myself close to pushing the button again. Work throwing crazy shifts at me and some new challenges, daddy day care with no change, and finally me trying to fit in my training and riding around the latter… The difference this time though is I’m a little but older and I’m a little bit wiser (I’d like to think)
After my training and riding peaking at the Forest of Dean Mini Enduro, I got the sniffles, otherwise known as ‘Man Flu’ A younger me would’ve ignored the signs, but this time I caught it, I listened to my body… As I write this I’m certainly not 100%, I’m surrounded by cold and flu remedies, cups of honey and lemon and snotty tissues, but I haven’t ‘blown up’!
So in summary… Learn from my mistakes!…. Anyone motivated in life is gonna burn out sometimes, but if you keep the balance between work, rest and play balanced… You’ll reap the benefits
***It’s ok to not do everything at 100mph! Sit back and enjoy the ride sometimes, you’re body and your mind will thank you***