Riding into the dawn

Looking southeast across flodded fields towards Crail and the sunrise

In his book Atomic Habits, author James Clear stresses that we don’t rise to the level of our goals, instead we fall to the level of our systems. If we establish the right habits, then even on our worst days that should still help us to reach our goals.

For years, I would get up before dawn and head out on my bike around 05:30. It always set me up well for the day. I felt that I had achieved something. It energised me. It got my body and mind moving before breakfast.

I am trying to aim for that daily routine again. This morning I rose at a lazy 06:40, tidied away the laundry for my children arriving this afternoon and then headed out into the darkness on my bike.

It felt good to be out in the chill air, watching the sun rise.

Today, I took delivery of some new, very reflective cycling overshoes from Proviz. My feet are going to be warm and dry from now on.

Here is to more bike rides in the winter darkness.

Happy New Year 2024

Sitting at my table enjoying the peace and quiet

Over the last few weeks, I have been pondering what I need to focus on in 2024. It came to me the other day: I need to both slow down and move more.

I love working from home, but I now live a mostly sedentary life which has been terrible for my health. I need to move more.

Despite my sedentary lifestyle, I try to pack as much into each day as I can—I am always busy… too busy. I need more space in my life, more rest, more peace and quiet.

I enjoyed a moment this morning just sitting in silence at my table, looking out my window to the blue sky and sunshine. It was nice to just ‘be’.

In the early afternoon, I went for my first bike ride of the year. Just 25 minutes, but enough to get me moving and feel the sun on my face and the biting cold wind tear through my clothing, chilling me to the bone.

A good start to the year.

What a week!

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The flag of Ukraine

This time last week, I wasn’t expecting a week of food poisoning and international war.

After the last couple of years of avoiding Covid, I was hoping that 2022 might finally be a much more positive year; a year of rebuilding. But we now have a world leader intent on starting World War III.

But we’ll get to that… this week, it appears that I tried to start a fight with my immune system.

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The long road back to health

A nice wee stop in Kingsbarns to update my playlist

On 6 June 2018, I made the decision to leave my two roles—web architect within the digital communications team and warden of Agnes Blackadder Hall within student services—at the University of St Andrews and strike out on a new adventure.

My plan, such as it was, was to take a few months out to focus on my health before plunging back into gainful employment. The previous two years had been rather brutal on my health

Disc breaks

Those plans came to a shuddering halt two weeks later while my (now late) mother was visiting. As I got up off the sofa I felt an excruciating pain across my lower back and I dropped to the floor in agony. I couldn’t stand up; I crawled upstairs to bed. I knew that something terrible had happened. A few days later my physio confirmed that I had herniated a disc in my spine. L5.

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