Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February Challenges

It's 6.30 in the morning on a Tuesday, and I am trying to have a less frantic life!

All of February I've been making pathetic attempts to rationalise, prioritise and organise my life activities. Only to realise in the end of the month that I am marginally better than where I started.

I still have a full time, 8 to 4 job. I still enjoy going to the Gym 2-3 times a week. I've just started training for The Ride to Conquer Cancer which is happening in October. Which means that by the end of March I should be spending 80-100 km a week in a saddle! Then there is fundraising for Cancer Research. I definitely want to be able to write my blog every few days. I also want to read other blogs which I enjoy! And, as you know already, there is also French, piano, books, movies and concerts. And most importantly, I want to spend more quality time with my family and friends, here and overseas, either live or on Skype. Thank God, at least the Winter Olympics are over, which means no late night ice hockey in our house any more!

There is one thing I figured out for sure - my life is not going to become less busy any time soon! And in spite of the fact that I complain about it sometimes, I don't want it to change! I don't want to spend my days navel gazing and contemplating the world's problems. BUSY is what makes me tick!

So, all I need to do is to make my life less frantic, more fluid and therefore less stressful. Right? Easier said than done!

I consider myself a very organised person. Although there is a BUT there! If everything goes according to my well scheduled plans (also know as "to-do lists"), I am thriving. BUT! You guessed it, if something extraordinary happens and disrupts those plans, then I simply panic because everything else needs to be re-organised as a result.

After some serious thinking I decided to follow some relatively simple rules:
  • Learn to say "no" more often. Put it simply - if it does not involve family, close friends, fitness, cycling or blogging, then, I am afraid, it's "no". By doing this I managed to free quite a few weekends already!
  • Become more of a "morning person". Hence my attempt this morning to get up before 6 am to add an additional 45 minutes to my day. I have to confess, it was a bit of a shock, but a nice cup of tea and the image of the rising sun helped a lot!
  • Incorporate a bicycle ride into my daily commute to and from work. I did it last Friday and cycled 25 km to work in the morning and 25 km back in the afternoon. The temperature that day was +36 C with 18 knots of South Easterly hot wind blowing right into my face.  But the sense of achievement was incredible! 
  • And last but not least - stop being a perfectionist! If something does not end up quite the way I like it, it's OKAY! Let it go and don't fret!
Well, all in all it sounds like a good plan!

I'll keep you posted on the outcome!
Beautiful vistas I ride through
Now I'd like you to please bear with me for a little bit longer. There is one more thing I'd like to tell you about.

It's The Ride to Conquer Cancer which I am going to do in October this year.  The event is a 2 day cycling adventure, riding through Western Australia's scenic countryside and covering 200 km.

The money I raise for The Ride will benefit Harry Perkins Institute, Western Australia’s premier adult medical research organisation. My participation in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support groundbreaking, critical cancer research, primarily investigating the genetic and environmental causes of various cancers (colon, liver, brain, pancreatic, breast, childhood, leukaemia and melanoma).  My participation in The Ride will help impact the lives of thousands affected by cancer.

As I only have a very limited cycling experience, I know it's not going to be easy.  But I am sure my ride is going to be nothing compared to those who are going through their personal journeys to conquer cancer.

I feel very privileged to be able to contribute and assist a very worthy cause.

I appeal for your support by way of sponsoring me and making a donation to The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research through my personal page or you can contact me direct.  I am sure you know of someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, who is a cancer survivor or perhaps someone who sadly lost the battle against this disease. Together we can make cancer history!

My Personal Page - The Ride to Conquer Cancer
Thank you in advance for you generous gift!

Good health and happy cycling!