The Work

Pipe Wrench

September has seen me getting better. And I’m grateful. The work I’ve been doing has been paying off, and I feel happier, more content with things, especially as I creep closer to having a clear cut battle plan for what the future is going to hold.

So what have I been doing lately?

Well, there’s personal therapy, my physical work, and the personal work I’m tackling.

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Rebuilding: The Physical Part

This year has been interesting, where the physical side of my equation has been concerned. During the off-season last winter/spring, I engaged in a lot of cycling-specific weights work, but was semi-sporadic in my approach. The results, however, were pretty noticeable, and this year, my legs are definitely bigger, more defined, and putting out more power. I’ve been speedier on the bike, too, and noticed this from my very first ride.

I’ll be doing more of the cycling-specific workouts this year, again, but that won’t start until the formal off-season — which is sometime in November after CX season is over. For the time being, I am going to do some overall strength conditioning, seeing as I’m not too fixated on my CX results this winter.

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Diet

Historically, diet has been my weak link in self-care. I eat like shit. I admit it. And as part of my rebuilding plans, I want to get better at it.

My problem isn’t a lack of willpower — it’s largely, that I am so pressed for time that usually the first thing that gets cut is meal prep. And that’s got to stop sometime. Maybe when life settles down? I’d like to start making the shift this month.

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Mindfulness and Learning

As part of my ongoing process of unfucking myself, I have been tracking data on each day, looking at my energy levels and my mood, based on a large number of factors. Key among those are how much I sleep, how much I exercise, what I eat, and my medication intake.

To that end I have discovered a few interesting things:

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