I devoted a little time yesterday to revamping my weekly schedule. Last year I set up a Google Calendar for all my household chores (and bike rides, of course!), with each room or task given a specific day and time and SMS alerts set to remind me when to do them. Much as I wanted this system to work, I quickly discovered that it wasn't for me as I found it all too easy to ignore the reminders, or they'd come when I was out of the house and be forgotten before I got home. So, the new system is this:
- Monday is bike day - a long ride to push myself. I also need to devote a little time to either cleaning the fridge or sorting the recycling in readiness for...
- Tuesday, which is either bin day or recycling day (our council now collects on alternate weeks.) Tuesday is also housework day. By the time I've gone over the kitchen & bathroom I have a reasonably comprehensive shopping list, too, so I can spend the afternoon doing a shop.
- Wednesday morning is when my veg box arrives, and as I don't usually start work until lunchtime there's a little time in the morning to plan my menu for the week. In addition, as my commute takes me past the Household Waste Recycling Centre, once a month I'll load up my panniers with the bits that the recycling collection doesn't deal with.
- Thursday is a work day so I've tried not to commit to anything extra, though as it's also pay day it's a good day to get any extra bits of shopping done, especially the odd boring supermarket bits.
- Friday I usually only work until lunchtime, making it a good day to get another ride in - lack of light will necessarily make it a shorter one for the next couple of months, and having to be on my feet all day Saturday means I need to take it a bit easier than on a Monday. Also twice a month I need to pick up meat from the Community Supported Agriculture groups I'm part of, so my rides will have to come home via the collection point - and I'll have to remember to carry a rucksack!
- Saturday is a work day (and the busiest of the week) so the only item on the schedule is a hot bubble bath when I get home!
- Sunday always, always begins with a long lie-in, featuring breakfast in bed, the Archers omnibus and Saturday's papers. Sunday being Sunday it's not a very structured day, the afternoon may involve a gentle social ride or just be spent watching old movies or pottering in the kitchen. My aim is for it always to involve a proper Sunday dinner though.
|Still a few icy spots. This corner's tricky enough on a good day - 90 degree bend on a narrow path, at the bottom of a steep slope. With the addition of ice & standing water I got off & walked.|
The first half of the ride was great fun - Route 65 has had its gates widened, so you no longer need to come to a complete stop to manoeuvre your bike through, and at long last the final off-road half mile (leading to the Overton road) has been paved. Having that set of beautiful swooping bends (see pic, top) finally covered in race-track perfect asphalt instead of sticky mud and gravel put a grin on my face that lasted for miles!
Song of the day. For some reason this popped into my head somewhere around Clifton Ings & didn't go away.
average speed 10.4 mph