There’s always a struggle for me to find a balance between life, marriage, work, exercise, and whatever else, bottom line, I often feel like if I just had about 6 more hours in my day, I’d be like T-rex with a pair of grabbers in each hand, unstoppable. Thankfully my wife is usually very accepting of the hours I want to put into exercise, and, despite some interesting management stuff going at my day job, I am extremely thankful that they have worked out an ADA accommodation for me to work from home every Tuesday and Thursday. This is a HUGE benefit to me, saving my body from the wear and tear of a long commute everyday, and giving me the flexibility on those days with schedule. I typically start work around 6:00 am, then take an extended break mid day for preferably exercise, sometimes Dr. visits and other miscellaneous errands that are difficult, if not impossible to get done outside of the normal work day hours, then I finish out the day with work again. Also grateful that I ended up having some pretty decent technical skills and landed myself in the IT industry, where, I can still work with a a disability such as ataxia.
By nature, and necessity, I am a planner. Usually, I try to have several steps down the road lined up as early as possible, trying to imagine every possible thing that can alter those plans, and coming up with a plan b, c, or d. Having to use non-traditional means of mobility, this really has become a necessity for me. Will I have to get up stairs to get to that business? How far? Can I manage it with my forearm crutches, or does the chair win out? And sometimes, none of those plans work and you just have to roll with it.
Starting to build up my mileage, these longer rides take a serious chunk of time, when I can get away with it, I try to jump on the opportunity. Today, for example, I had an amazingly good ride. The whole time I kept thinking to myself that this was going to be the last ride I can probably get in till Sunday or Monday at the soonest, so I better push harder and longer, after all, that’s more of a break to recover.
Plan to fill the gaps. Jump on those opportunities when you get them. Don’t be disappointed if your plans don’t work out, just roll with it, things might work out better anyways.