I Live At Work

Lockdown and mental health: chess has been a useful tool. Photograph of lead character in The Queen's Gambit

Lockdown & Mental Health I live at work. A year ago we had a company day at Old Trafford and I remember talking about the exciting year ahead. At the time I believe there were single figures of COVID cases in the UK. The virus was almost an abstract concept. A month later we sent … Read more

Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year was a book gifted to me probably a dozen years ago now. Written by Dr Henry Lodge and his patient Chris Crowley, it gives advice on “living like you’re 50 until 80 and beyond”. I can’t remember what’s in the book. I do know that I have tried to adhere to the … Read more

Winter Wellness

Winter Wellness - lone walker on tree lined snowy road

The Winter Wellness Blues I know it’s not October for a couple of days and it’s only just Autumn. But winter wellness has been on my mind recently. I can feel the drag on my mental wellness; I’ve got the first sniffling cold of the season. It’s a time where I can start to drift … Read more

Finding Personal Balance

Finding personal balance - metallic spinning top on wooden surface as a metaphor

Finding personal balance is an ongoing work. For me, but for many others too, I suspect. This year more so than most, given the world is in a once in a generation or once in a century crisis right now. Writing a blog post every so often is part of my wider strategy to maintain … Read more

Winter Training: The Dog Days

Winter Training. Screenshot of my Zwift ride today.

Winter training is a drudge, no doubt. I’m not one of those die-hard cyclists who says “bring it on” all year round. Rain is hammering on the windows, an unwelcome visitor called Storm Dennis. I’ve also had a winter bug for over a week now, coughing like an old steam engine and complementary headache to … Read more

The Numbers: Personal Effectiveness

The Numbers For Calm The Numbers. Another year, another set of new tweaks to help me progress. Today is my 50 Days Of Calm. I starting a daily meditation practice during December. Missed a couple due to travel, but have now logged 50 days in a row. That’s not the whole story, however. I’ve spent … Read more

Feather Cycles Travel Bike

Great Craftmanship Can’t Be Rushed I collected my Feather Cycles travel bike from Ricky Feather on Friday. A year in the making and well worth every week of that wait. I should add at this point that you don’t normally wait a year for a bike. Ricky was forced to move his workshop unexpectedly during … Read more

Getting Stuck In The Comfort Zone

Getting Stuck Getting stuck in the comfort zone is easy to do for a couple of reasons. You have some success in a personal or professional pursuit, so why change a winning formula? Or you are afraid of what happens when you step outside the comfort zone. Both of these things are happening to me … Read more

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