Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

- T.S. Eliot -

Work, life, training and trying to achieve a balance

Dog asleep

Work and Life

Most people strive to achieve a balance between their home and work lives. However, I’ve recently been thinking more and more that my life is about trying to get a balance between work, life and training. I have to separate life (i.e. my wonderful family) from training because I normally have to sacrifice one for the sake of the other.  Take this morning as an example, the plan was to be out on the bike for 05:30, get a few miles in and be back for breakfast with the family. When the alarm went off at 05:00 I pounced on my phone to silence it, firstly I didn’t want the annoying but jolly tune to wake the youngest member of the family (Mrs Abbott had only just put her down after a feed) and as a result waking my older daughter. I then closed my eyes for another ‘5 minutes’, only to be woken by the aforementioned older daughter.


My escape onto the bike had been thwarted by my own laziness and now an a wide awake child wanting to play shopkeepers!! Luckily, Mrs Abbott dragged her already sleep deprived body out of bed and encouraged me to get out on my bike – I think she might have been trying to avoid a day of grumpiness!!  Daughter no. 1 however wasn’t too keen, but after some cock and bull story, I managed to get out of the house. The plan was a 30 mile time trial route which has acted as a marker among my cycling peers to establish a pecking order. I wanted to break 1hr 20 mins and be back for breakfast. And so it was done – the gps was reading just over 1hr 20 mins but I got accosted by a taxi driver asking for directions and lost a few minutes.

and your point is?

Getting back to the balancing act mentioned earlier, today was an example of achieving a balance…to keep my family happy (i.e. the most important thing) I had to drop some cycling distance / time. Work however is another matter!!