First day of autumn or last day of summer?
This morning I woke to the news that today (23rd September) is the official start of autumn. Goodbye summer - nice knowing you! The kindly weather forecaster also dropped the bombshell that there is a huge weather front on the way bringing several weeks of rain. Oh joy! Just what every cyclist loves to hear!
The good news was that the rain hadn't quite reached our corner of the country so summer would last until tea time.
Only one thing for it..... a cheeky lunchtime bike ride! And where better to go to retain that holiday feeling than Lake Windermere......
My sudden determination to make the most of the last few hours of summer masks something I've been struggling with recently. Being self employed with a "portfolio" career I should have the flexibility to get out and ride my bike most days, taking advantage of the stunning part of the country we live in.
Instead, this year I've hardly taken a lunch break let alone been out on my bike. The thought of having too much to do, not "deserving" of going out when others in the family are busy studying, working or doing some other task, plus other guilty feelings pray on my mind. The result is that I choose not to prioritise my well being - and I suspect I'm not the only person who does this.
And to what end? I know I'll be more productive this afternoon than if I'd worked through lunch. I'll be a nicer person for my family to be around this evening. I'll sleep better tonight. My body and mind will feel better tomorrow.
So, as soon as I get home I'm going to dig out my wet weather / autumn cycling gear. Today may be the last time for a long time I'm out of a bike ride in my summer kit - but it doesn't have to be the last time I ride my bike.
All I need to do now is turn around into the head wind and ride towards the gathering rain clouds. Until next year, summer - it's been good knowing you. Hello autumn - we need to get to know each other better.....
Do you struggle to prioritise time on your bike? Or do you have a successful way to ensure you take care of yourself? I'd love to hear your thoughts - do drop me a comment in the box below. Karen
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