Yesterday, I chose to go for a bike ride inside of take a lunch break. For reference, I am starting my training for a half Ironman race later this year – so this wasn’t a leasurely stroll on my Beachcomber… I drove over to the bike shop where my bike is stored, changed into my biking clothes, clipped in and away I went.
Why is this ‘blog post worthy’? Well, normally I would sit at my table at home and eat lunch while checking emails, taking conference calls or working on some type of project. If I was not at my home office, I was in the main office doing the same thing. I never disconnected… I never flipped the OFF switch.
My dad has always told me to take up golf, go to the shooting range or something… anything to get out and around people DURING the work day. He started our company in 1972 and worked to make it what it is today. I feel, over time, he realized what he missed by never taking his foot off the gas pedal. Honestly, I am the same way – I am half owner of our auction company, a broker with our real estate division and a full-time professional fundraising auctioneer (in my spare time!).
I totally believe in a strong work ethic… start a project and follow it to fruition… even if you finish the task at 1:30 am and have to get back up at 6:00 am to start all over again. You. Get. The. Job. Done.
So, yesterday, I wanted to try my dad’s theory… get out and do something. Now, as I was riding an average of 13.5 miles-per-hour, there wasn’t much interaction with others except to greet them with “on your left”. BUT – I flipped the off switch. I left my phone at the bike shop. I did not have any music with me (part of the Ironman training – major faux pas in the real race). All I had with me was the bike, helmet, sunglasses, gloves and bike clothes…
No one died.
I missed three phone calls… one left a voice mail, one left a text and the other, well, who knows?
No one died.
The ride was great… I am getting used to riding ‘clipped-in’. The learning curve added to my disconnection with the work world. I was so focused on “road crossing coming up, get ready to unclip right foot while applying right brake handle, look for traffic” that I completely forgot about work for the hour and fourteen minutes of the ride.
No one died.
So, since the Ironman is swimming, biking and running, my plate will be full of opportunities to flip the OFF switch.
Give it a try… and let me know the results.