As a competitive cyclist, my life is never boring. Quite the contrary. It is a constant balancing act between staying focused and achieving my goals in training and at races as well juggling the million curve balls which school seems to throw at you. It’s no easy feat; but here are ten points which I’ve drawn up along my journey which may be of some assistance to those in a similar situation to myself.
 

  1. Always try to keep a level head; as much as cycling is a demanding sport - you also need to be realistic about school work and completing it on time in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed by it.
  2. Set realistic goals for yourself, both on the bike and for your academics at school.
  3. Keep your head above water; if you miss any school work because you’re away at a race or attending an event, make sure you make a concerted effort to catch up all missed work before you get back to school.
  4. Procrastination is not your best friend; as much as cycling is fun, try to avoid getting too distracted by all the fascinating cycling related media over the internet and social media.
  5. Self-discipline; allocate specific study/work times before or after a ride and stick to that plan, this way you’ll be more productive in the long run. 
  6. Learn about the importance of both academics and cycling; there’s a saying that goes, “Education is important, but cycling is importanter.” For this reason, it’s vital to understand the doors which education and cycling can open for you and keeping this in mind while you try to keep that balance.
  7. Quality over quantity; while cyclists tend to have less time to devote to their academics than normal students, it’s necessary for us to utilize our limited time as much as possible in order to be as productive as possible.
  8. Bikes before books; in this case, I’m talking about the advantage of completing a ride before tackling work. Often an early morning ride can clear your mind, and so you can be more focused and productive once you do start your school work/studying.
  9. Life is not all about bicycles, and it’s essential for cyclists to have non-cycling friends who they can socialize with off the bike. This way, they will feel a little less reluctant to complete school work at school or attend school for that matter, knowing they have good friends there too.
  10. There are only 24 hours in a day; although we may feel like superheroes while sending a massive jump down a trail, we’re really not. Sometimes you will simply not have enough time to fit everything into one day, that’s okay. Tomorrow is a new day.

 

Although this balancing act may require sacrifices - you must remember that we all make mistakes, as we are all human too.

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