The Consequences of (and remedies for) Procrastination

Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to doing something I’ve been putting off for a couple of weeks now: I took Daegan’s bike to the bike shop for a quick tune-up and check-out. This is definitely something to do before a 600 km bike ride. Who wants to have a massive mechanical failure 50 kilometres from the nearest bike shop in a place with no public transit? Not me! So good on me. I was preventing a catastrophe. I rode the couple of kilometres to the shop. I had called earlier in the day and they assured me that if … Continue reading The Consequences of (and remedies for) Procrastination

Improving Your Persistance Ratio

Tonight I signed up for an actual indoor cycling race league. Riding with the big kids, as it were. Those in the upper levels of this league are competing for thousands of dollars, those of us in the lower levels are competing for socks and jerseys. But really I joined to compete with myself. A bit over an hour ago I started my first race: about 30 km – an hour’s worth of giving everything I had. The first few minutes went well. I felt strong (I was full of rice and homemade Thai curry – of course I was … Continue reading Improving Your Persistance Ratio

Why I Give Up and Why I Should Quit it

It’s February of 2016 and I’m discouraged. I have been taking Hindi lessons for about 18 months, spending the better part of two hours reading, talking, learning some grammar, only to have to re-learn it again a few weeks later when it would completely fall out of my head. I felt like I was getting nowhere and in great part that was true. After all, if I’m truly honest – and I can be with you guys. Other than a Hindi film every few months, I would do all of my studying in the 30 minutes before that week’s class. … Continue reading Why I Give Up and Why I Should Quit it