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Nº179 Pin it to win it! 📍📌

Hey! What are you doing Dec 13th? Hopefully celebrating 5 years of Twotone with us here in Amsterdam
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Nº179 Pin it to win it! 📍📌
By Jon Woodroof • Issue #179 • View online
What are you doing Dec 13th? Hopefully celebrating 5 years of Twotone with us here in Amsterdam! Updates about the party below!
Though I can’t say the past 5 years have gone by particularly fast but 2019 surely has. And speaking of long stretches of quick tempo with bursts of of bareknuckle acceleration, I’ve been pinning race numbers & getting back in the groove of bike racing on the track & in the mud recently.
Not only have I been suffering mid-pack but sharing some funny race recaps too: last week at Sloten, the week before at Spaarnwoude, Twiske & Excelsior. Thank you for all the filming Brayden!
It’s great to be back as mostly in the past two years, I thought I was too busy or exhausted to ride and certainly not fit to race. But, of course, I knew being chronically stressed meant I was doing something wrong. I think most people share the goal to build a remarkable life, if so, then busyness and exhaustion should be your enemy.
There is this classic post by Cal Newport entitled If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers. It is Cal’s interpretation of this paper written in the early 1990s by a trio of psychologists who descended upon the Universität der Künste, a historic arts academy in the heart of West Berlin. They came to study the violinists. Cal emphasises the distinction between hard work and hard to do work:
• Hard work is deliberate practice. It’s not fun while you’re doing it, but you don’t have to do too much of it in any one day (the elite players spent, on average, 3.5 hours per day engaged in deliberate practice, broken into two sessions). It also provides you measurable progress in a skill, which generates a strong sense of contentment and motivation. Therefore, although hard work is hard, it’s not draining and it can fit nicely into a relaxed and enjoyable day.
• Hard to do work, by contrast, is draining. It has you running around all day in a state of false busyness that leaves you, like the average players from the Berlin study, feeling tired and stressed. It also, as we just learned, has very little to do with real accomplishment.
There are a few lessons in his post but as many of the 310 comments echo: the elite players actually got more rest. I’ve written about this a lot.Rest is best! So for me, ensuring that I deliberately balance work (hard work & hard to do work) & life (responsibilities & fun) + getting enough rest has meant getting back into racing not only felt possible but sparked more stoke & vigor for everything else too!
As always, thank you for reading!
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