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Tale of the close shave

We all know about the 2 types of cyclists, the ones that have crashed, the ones that have crashed and those that will crash again. They make up some serious stories and most are exaggerated to some degree. What does not get repeated time and again are the close shaves with traffic and the near misses with pavements, light poles and other stationary objects. 

Here is one tale of the close shave.

There are only a few roads that lead from my house on my training rides. This particular route, i have cycled possibly 1000 times. Semi challenging when you are not warm but nothing too hectic. It involved a fairly long downhill section which is actually quite fast. On a normal day you can easily get to 65 km/h without much peddling. This hill is not 2,5 km into the training rides. This particular day it was quite windy so the hill was directly into a head wind, a fairly strong wind meant that maximum speed was 41km/h. Anyway, about halfway down the hill, there is a road on the left hand side. Mostly the cars stop and let you pass before joining the traffic flow. There is always the exception that proves the rule. This older lady, driving a small car, slowed down and had a look up the road but then carried on accelerating. 

At this stage, I was about 20 metres from the car! I was close enough that i actually saw her look right to see if the road was clear. I ride in the colours of the COWS and the kit is a black and white cow print. It is really obvious! I am also 193 cm tall weighing 90 odd kilograms. A fairly large object to miss! She missed me barrelling down the road? She pulls out and i had to make a make a call. Is she going to pull out – i would be able to miss her round the back of the car. Or is she going to stop. Roughly half way into the lane, she stopped. 

I was able to swerve arou d the car. In doing so, I uttered a few choice words! I politely asked her what she was doing and managed to keep it upright. What surprised me but yet it is pretty standard in Durban, is when we got to the lights at the bottom, the ldy looked at me as if to say, “what have i done wrong?”

I had to exercise serious constraint then and then had to calm down so I could finish the training ride. 

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2 types.

We all know about the 2 types of cyclists, the ones that have crashed, the ones that have crashed and those that will crash again. They make up some serious stories and most are exaggerated to some degree. What does not get repeated time and again are the close shaves with traffic and the near misses with pavements, light poles and other stationary objects. 

Here is one tale of the close shave.

There are only a few roads that lead from my house on my training rides. This particular route, i have cycled possibly 1000 times. Semi challenging when you are not warm but nothing too hectic. It involved a fairly long downhill section which is actually quite fast. On a normal day you can easily get to 65 km/h without much peddling. This hill is not 2,5 km into the training rides. This particular day it was quite windy so the hill was directly into a head wind, a fairly strong wind meant that maximum speed was 41km/h. Anyway, about halfway down the hill, there is a road on the left hand side. Mostly the cars stop and let you pass before joining the traffic flow. There is always the exception that proves the rule. This older lady, driving a small car, slowed down and had a look up the road but then carried on accelerating. 

At this stage, I was about 20 metres from the car! I was close enough that i actually saw her look right to see if the road was clear. I ride in the colours of the COWS and the kit is a black and white cow print. It is really obvious! I am also 193 cm tall weighing 90 odd kilograms. A fairly large object to miss! She missed me barrelling down the road? She pulls out and i had to make a make a call. Is she going to pull out – i would be able to miss her round the back of the car. Or is she going to stop. Roughly half way into the lane, she stopped. 

I was able to swerve arou d the car. In doing so, I uttered a few choice words! I politely asked her what she was doing and managed to keep it upright. What surprised me but yet it is pretty standard in Durban, is when we got to the lights at the bottom, the ldy looked at me as if to say, “what have i done wrong?”

I had to exercise serious constraint then and then had to calm down so I could finish the training ride. 

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Just be quiet

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A Work In Progress

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Just like a work of art, we are all a work in progress. Some are further down their roads of progress than others. That is perfect actually because despite what everyone thinks, we are the only ones on our roads.
The race is long but in the end it’s only with yourself. If you have ever done any sporting event of any description,  you will know this.  You can get help along the way but you still have to run or cycle or paddle or whatever,  whatever the distance is.

The same principle applies in life. Unfortunately,  it does not always seem like this. You may be struggling with something in your life and really battling to u derstand why it is happening or how to get through and the people around you are cruising along with everything going their way. This is a facade.

We are all battling to keep it together in one or more ways. You see life gives a bag of things to carry but the contents can be very different.  A couple may be battling to have a child while another couple accidetly falls pregnant. However, the first couple are married and have a stable relationship and the other couple are unmarried amd live in different cities. 
Basically, what comes around around. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down but at all times you are wonderful work in progress.

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Just like a work of art, we are all a work in progress. Some are further down their roads of progress than others. That is perfect actually because despite what everyone thinks, we are the only ones on our roads.
The race is long but in the end it’s only with yourself. If you have ever done any sporting event of any description,  you will know this.  You can get help along the way but you still have to run or cycle or paddle or whatever,  whatever the distance is.

The same principle applies in life. Unfortunately,  it does not always seem like this. You may be struggling with something in your life and really battling to u derstand why it is happening or how to get through and the people around you are cruising along with everything going their way. This is a facade.

We are all battling to keep it together in one or more ways. You see life gives a bag of things to carry but the contents can be very different.  A couple may be battling to have a child while another couple accidetly falls pregnant. However, the first couple are married and have a stable relationship and the other couple are unmarried amd live in different cities. 
Basically, what comes around around. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down but at all times you are wonderful work in progress.

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Are you a grumpy bum?

Everyday, whether you believe it or not, you choose to be happy or you choose to be grumpy. It is actually a conscience choice and we make it everyday. Most of us don’t even realise that we have made the choice but we do and often it is the wrong one.

I walked into our office this morning,  to see the office has changed significantly with the addition of some dry walls that were erected over the 3 day long weekend.

My initial thought?
Wow, that’s what they were talking about.
Second thought?
I am glad that they managed to do it over the weekend so we can enjoy a relatively disruption free day to carry on business as usual. Pretty positive if you ask me.This positivity was met by some serious opposition when a colleague walked in and started listing all the negative things about the office changes. 

This really got on my nerves and eventually I said okay, please focus on the good points about this change please. Well, that went down like a lead balloon and the negativity continued. There are 2 choices everyday, a positive and a negative. I am not saying that everything is roses and sunshine but everything is not doom and gloom either.

I have come to learn that some people actually like being negative and picking apart even the good things in life. They don’t choose to be happy and by doing this they choose to be ‘grumpy bums’ as we say in our family. These grumpy bums are often very nice people but they are very negative people and have to be worked on to get them to be positive. 

I have also found that these grumpy bums have 2 common traits.
1. They like complaining and moaning and
2. They moan about the same problems over and over again. 
These problems are often not life changing either. These problems are those annoying problems that have a habit of sticking around. These are great pickings for these grumpy bums which just grab them with both hands like a dog with a bone and they do not let go.

Are you one of the grumpy bums our do you actively choose to be a ready of sunshine in the world.

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Change it up

So how are those new year’s resolutions going?
I can hazard a guess that a lot, if not most of them, have already been broken or forgotten. There are many reasons for thisbut that’s not the point of this blog post.
Personally,  I do not have and do not do new years resolutions anymore. In the past I did.  You know how well that went! I now set goals for myself and go for them. This is similar to resolutions but very different at the same time. A resolution is a goal without definite boundaries.  A goal has a end point or something to aim at or achieve.

Example please?
Resolution: To exercise more.
Goal: Run 12 local park runs, 3 10km events and 1 half marathon.
Resolution: To do situps 3 times a week
Goal: Do 5 000 situps in the year ahead.

Get the point?
The last one highlights the point of this post. It happens to be a goal of mine. My goal however is 10 000 crunches. About 28 per day.
The point is this, do not go back to the same resolution every year. It did not work last year so you are already on the back foot before you start. Change it up a bit but keep the underlying goal the same.

This type of resolution does take some planning but it works. I have done more regular crunches this year than ever before and I am more motivated to keep going than before. 10 000 sounds a lot but broken down into daily chunks, it actually is not a lot at all.

Go ahead,  change it up and achieve something this year!

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