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I’m an early if reluctant riser. My wife convinced me when our kids were young that the useful hours were at the beginning of the day, before the kids got up, rather than at night after they’d gone to bed, when we were too exhausted to do anything other than watch TV and drool on ourselves. It took a little while to adjust my frame of reference, but now I’m all the way there, though my kids no longer demand my attention much in either the morning or at night.
Getting up early is nice in the spring and summer months, when the sun is risen already. You’re walking out into a day that’s already happening. It’s a much bigger challenge in the late fall and winter, when Vitamin D levels have dropped along with the mercury, and all the signs say it’s still nighttime.
The alarm shatters dreams still in progress. The blanket is at its warmest, its comfiest. And those folks who are meeting me, the ones with all the motivation, become tormentors. I go on saying ‘yes’ to them, but clearly they don’t have my best interests at heart.
That’s me being dramatic. For sure the transition is difficult, the creeping darkness after the equinox, but eventually it gets easier. Not easy. Just easier.
This particular year I was given the gift of a chest cold by the aforementioned kids, and that laid me low right at the time I ought to have been rising to the challenge of the new season. It put me behind the curve, which is a bit like taking off too late for a wave. It leaves you bobbing the froth, hoping you’ll catch something in the next set.
It feels like I need something like a formal plan for this time of year. A playbook I can execute next year, when the days grow short and the air goes crisp.
This week’s TCI Friday asks: How do you manage the transition in seasons? Do you just suck-it-up-buttercup? Or do you have a plan? I do take Vitamin D supplements once it’s dark at 6am. Or am I getting this all wrong? It’s time to sleep in, to follow the sun’s sage advice, to blow off those pre-dawn starts in favor of some much-needed rest.
As a Friday bonus, check out this little movie from Ride Shimano about bike building in Japan.