Hanging from the end of my list

Saturday was one of those days when you reach the end of your energy. The month of January was a great month. I got a lot accomplished and great progress was made in a number of aspects of my life. However, there was a price to pay.

God has been good to me with The Worthwhile Company. Though I started the company back in the mid-ninties, I really can’t take much credit for its current success. Probably one of the smartest things I did for its future was to sell a number of my shares to bring on a third partner who has helped revolutionize our company. That energy along with the wisdom of my other long-time partner has created a company that is fast becoming the leader in our industry and now has locations in two states.

The good news is that I am not that caught up in day-to-day operations. However, there are certain times of the year that call for more strategic decisions. There is also the matter of adding new employees and the decisions regarding who to bring into our family. That helps to describe January. Also, as any business owner will tell you, there is more to the “work” of ownership than the stuff you do in the office! You bear the risk of success or failure that affects the lives of over two-dozen people and their families.

That has been weighing on my mind and taking a portion of my time. Then I add to that the changes taking place for me in my position at the Bob Jones University Alumni Association.  It is an exciting time to be there because the board and administration of the school have put a renewed emphasis on the alumni. I get to be right there on the front line helping to set the strategy and then carrying it out.

However, it has certainly added to my responsibilities.  There are now a few more evening events to fit in. While before I could get out of the office during the day to get in a ride because of extra available hours, now there is so much going on during the work week that its not possible to find the opportunity. I can’t say I’m complaining. Things are happening that I’ve long to see happen. I’m excited!

Now we come to I Do It For Foundation. This is the part of my life that takes up all the “in between moments.” There are the emails, phone calls and social media conversations going on all the time. Organizing Team Low Cadence, working through the set up of the foundation, working through the creation of the web tools and promotional materials and making plans for the Run Bike Fun event in September.

Again, this is all wonderful! It has been great to see miraculous things happen over the last month. Wow, it has only been a month? I’m amazed at how far we have come in that time. However, moving so quickly has me feeling like a general advancing so fast that he is stretching his supply lines.

Personally I’m trying to spend time with my family. To make this happen, I have to be intentional. It is something I have to schedule into my day. The day is not done until I can check it off my to-do list.

I’m also doing a couple of web design projects. In the past, I’ve done these kinds of projects using coding techniques several years old. Now I realize that the web is just leaving me way behind. I have been forced to learn to use new tools. It means that it is taking much longer to finish the projects. The good news is that they will be much easier to maintain in the long run.

Oh yeah, and then there is my training. I am following the Time-Crunched Cyclist Plan. I am also doing some core work. Again, all of this goes on my to-do list.

So it was that late Saturday I climbed onto the trainer to carry out my Power Interval workout. I knew that even though I had been at it all day, I still had two items to complete when I got off. In my my I was thinking about the pictures I saw on Facebook during the day of friends riding their bicycles.

Racing starts off in February here. Here I was on the trainer doing a workout that would be no more than 90 minutes long. During that time I began to ask why I do this training. The other things I am doing are important. I can see a direct relationship between what I’m doing now and a positive result.

So I ask myself if it is worth it adding all of this stress to my life. How much more could I do if I didn’t have to take over 8 hours out of my week. I know that I only need about half of that to help my health.

What is going to happen when I toe the line for the first race of the season? There I will be in the middle of the race with snot hanging from my nose. I’ll be huffing along in oxygen debt as I watch the front of the pack disappear in the distance. I’ll ask myself at that point, “So, you thought this was going to be fun?”

Well, that may be true. However, there is something inside me that keeps me following the plan. Deep down inside it is about more than racing. Completing the plan is a competition of the will.

So, you may be wondering, “Why are you spending the time to type this?” Well, somehow I’ve got to get it out of me. This is not for you. It’s for me.

I’m ready for the next month.

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About Jonathan Pait

Jonathan started riding mountain bikes in the early 1990s. After discovering the ride can start at the end of his driveway, he moved to the road in 2006. Little did he know that first pedal stroke would lead him on an adventure that has become much larger than the bicycle.