Time isn’t holding up

Time isn’t after us

Same as it ever was

Same as it ever was

“Once in a lifetime”-Talking Heads

Have you ever heard the saying “we all have the same 24 hours?” It’s a way to answer the objection of “not having enough time”  to do something.   And it makes sense.  Sort of.  We all inhabit the same planet, which spins around in space at a constant rate.  The time it takes the earth to make one  full spin around its axis is what we use to measure our days.

Everywhere on the planet earth, a day has 24 hours.  And we each have some degree of control over how we spend them.  We do have different needs when it comes to sleep. On average, 6-10 hours is considered a good night sleep.  I tend to run on the higher side of that spectrum.

And though we each do get the same amount of earth spin time every day,  our  individual time constraints when it comes to how many hours we work, commute, and spend time with our families are very different.  I work from home, but have to spend a lot of time driving to see customers all over CT and Western MA.  I have one child, who splits time between his mom and I.  Other people have long commutes to an office where they spend their work day, and have a lot more children to look after.  So, we don’t really have the same 24 hours when it comes to how we get to spend them.

I started this blog with the intention of spending more time mountain biking and exploring trails in parks and forests after work. It was going to involve a lot of planning and preparation but dammit I was going to do it.

It hasn’t really been working out that way. I haven’t had enough time. It takes a lot of planning and packing and the weather has to be okay for riding. My job seems like it’s becoming more and more demanding and I’m trying to keep up with my parenting responsibilities and social life and oh my god I just don’t have enough time.

And then IOS 12 came out. Damn you, Apple.  You release these updates like methane at a Chili eating contest.  And what have you done now?  IOS 12 has launched the SMARTphone version of the bathroom scale.

Yep. That’s right. I spend 5 hours a day looking at my iPhone. Holy crap that’s a lot of time. And that’s down 12% from the week prior. That’s a part time job.

Ok, so I am typing this post on my iPhone right now, so that sort of I’d makes me feel better. But I still spend almost 8 hours a week, almost a whole work day, on Social Media. I find that hard to believe.

I’ll have to dive a bit deeper in to this, but this is an area for improvement.  I can definitely cut that back down.  That should free up plenty of time for some more adventures.

I have been riding my bike.  It’s just been at my local trails for shorter rides.

A screenshot from my Strava account, which i use to track my mountain bike rides, most of the time.

So you can see proof I’ve been getting in some rides.  Some really nice ones.  The colors of fall are popping and that’s not something to be missed.  I’ve been trying to either sneak in a ride early before work or get home a little early to beat the the sunset.

The days are getting shorter, and we turned the clocks back another hour last weekend.  You can mountain bike at night with lights, but it’s not something you really want to do alone.  That being said, the NEMBA group has been riding every Thursday night, but I haven’t been able to make it for one reason or another.  And I won’t be able to for at least the next few weeks either.

So, I’m not really sure how this will go.  I just started a TrainerRoad structured indoor cycling program.  Maybe I can write some about that.  This will be my third year using it.  I was really impressed with the progress I made last year, and I feel like there is a lot more potential for me to stick to the program knowing how great I felt this Spring especially considering how  inconsistent I was with the program last winter leading up to it.  I’m hoping to have even better results this year.

Doesn’t this look like fun?

I should probably set a goal.  Maybe do a race.  Maybe race singlespeed.  I just don’t know where I’ll find the time.

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