This is certainly not how I saw my 2020 panning out! I only plan my sporting life a year at a time, with goals for that year and 2020 was going to be a big one. I was heading to Europe the 1st of May to race in Italy, Switzerland, and France, then meet up with the Australian Para Cycling Team to do a World Cup in Italy, then over to Belgium for the World Championships which would have been this past weekend. Then all preparation would be in place for the Tokyo Paralympics in August.
But where do I find myself, at home training on a smart trainer watching my computer screen and taking part in racing and training virtually, I’m an avatar! Not exactly where I thought I would be right now.
I guess as someone who has been through a lot in life, this was just another bump in the road for me. It is what it is, and I just have to deal with it. But I decided that I needed to make sure I had some structure in my life, so I have implemented a routine that I try to follow religiously every day.
I have never been one for meditation. Yes, I have tried it but wasn’t sure it was really for me, but I downloaded the ‘Calm’ App and started a course to make sure I would do it daily. As I write this, I am now up to day 60 of meditating every morning. It is what I do right after feeding the dog…20 minutes (although I started with 10) every day and I don’t think I will ever stop now. It has become a sort of grounding for me and puts me in the right frame of mind for the day ahead. After meditating I then listen to a mentor of mine Darren Hardy. He puts out a 5 minute video every weekday called Darren Daily and I watch that.
I have set my day out so that I make sure I then block off at least an hour to write as I am writing my second book and then training takes over. The afternoons are for video meetings either with the Para Cycling team, Paralympics Australia’s Athletes Commission, virtual speaking gigs or work meetings. Late afternoon it is then off to the dog park for a bit of real world experience! It is amazing how fast my days go and how much I can get done without having to commute anywhere. Last but not least before I hit the pillow to get some much needed rest before the day starts all over again I have made it a point to keep a gratitude journal and I write at least 3 things I am grateful for that day. Sometimes it is hard, but it seems to put me in a good frame of mind so that I can wake up the same way the next day.
This has been a testing time for everyone and to be honest I hate the words ‘Social Distancing’. It should be ‘Physical Distancing’ because I think I have been more social since this lockdown began, albeit virtually! It is a tough time re-jigging our lives, finding out where we fit in and maybe what we don’t like and want to change. Life is what it is and we have to make the best of it, make this present moment your friend not your enemy and take the time to see what it is in life that you really want.
We all have defining moments in life that make us who we are, and I think that his will definitely be a defining moment for all of us. What will this defining moment teach us? We are all equal, we are all connected, our health is precious, life is short and hopefully we will all come out a better husband, wife, parent, son, daughter, friend, employee, employer, and citizen.
I hope you all stay well and safe.