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Back to the drawing board.

It’s been some time since I last contributed. It’s not been for the lack of thinking about it. In honesty, the enthusiasm just hasn’t been there which led to a feeling of guilt (for lack of contribution for those who do read) which then became plain embarrassing and took further chinks out of any motivation…

Such has life been for some 6 months, a fairly detrimental cycle that has been known by “loser’s loop” at my previous employment or “being stuck in a rut” to the rest of us.

The time has come to try and break that cycle. An enjoyable weekend of mountain biking in Northern Ireland recently saw me huff and puff my way round some beautiful country landscapes, on well-invested, constructed and maintained trails… The emphasis was on huff and puff by the way.*

It feels like I’ve had a fair kicking in some aspects of my life of these last few months and my health has taken the biggest beating of all in that time. But I don’t want to bang on about that. I want to seek advice and tips on what others find useful to pull themselves out of any such rut. Are there quick wins, strategic approaches, mental exercises that you have tried successfully? (or not – always good to know what to avoid!)

My main concern now is to get back into shape. I find it is too easy to fall into lethargy, and I am by no means a lazy kind of guy, but bad eating habits, alcohol and lack of sleep lend to weariness, weight gain and a suffering immune system pretty quickly.

My approach so far? Small steps.

1. Running – for those days when I don’t have the time I would like to have to exercise (also trying HITS)
2. Making time once a week for that big cycle ride that a. I really enjoy, and b. pushes me to my limit
3. Drink less – a given… but when you love Guinness as much as I do…
4. Cook more, eat less takeaway… don’t keep falling for the “it’s quicker”

Oh yeah and No. 5 – sleep more…

On that note….

* But do get yourself to Northern Ireland at the first chance you get; in particular the Castlewellan Forest Park, Tollymore Park and for the more adventurous head for the Rostrevor trails!

http://www.castlewellancastle.org/forestpark.html

http://www.outdoorni.com/local-outdoors/venues/tollymore-forest-park/

http://www.mountainbikeni.com/rostrevor/

How much is too much?

When the spinning plates start dropping…

I can’t deny it; I do have a lot going on in my life most of the time. It has been my nature since I can remember, running clubs at school and long evenings out exploring the local countryside with mates on whatever ramshackle bikes we could get our hands on.

Getting older has just seen this evolve into career choices like starting my own business, life choices such as getting onto the property ladder, bigger & more sports and travelling a little bit further than the local countryside.

But have I bitten off more than I can chew this time?

Nearing my mid-thirties, and I find that my colleagues, friends & family all suggest the same (and with increasing emphasis) – Birdman, you are doing too much.

I’m a stubborn kind of guy, but I’m not blind to the fact that the ambitions I wanted to achieve this year are now suffering in what has become the plight of an incredibly hectic life schedule. There are more tasks than I can multi, and the plates farthest from my reach are wobbling with intent.

I find I revert to a student-like state hours before an exam. “What do I need to know, and what can I get away without reading”. I’ve been through that in the last 2 months and it isn’t a good long-term approach, and heavily fuelled by energy drinks and matchsticks.

How do you deal with it?

Answers on a postcard please…  

 

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Welcome to the FKK Racing blog.  We’ve been around for a few years now in one form or another and this year we’ve expanded.  It has been a little of cirumstance in the time of recession but we’ve always been involved in bikes so now we’d like to shout about it a little.