5:51 a.m.: I woke early – kind of unusual for me. Typically, I can wake without an alarm just minutes before my selected time.
5:55 a.m.: Wanting to go back to sleep. I still can get another hour plus before my wife and three kiddos wake up!
5:59 a.m.: My work brain is full speed ahead. Once this happens, there is no going back to sleep.
6:09 a.m.: Contemplating my exercising options for today. I can’t ride to work; got bikes to return! I’m running tomorrow, so I don’t want to do that two days in a row. Tonight’s swimming with Tri Club, but I have not swum since the Redman almost four months ago. What to do …
6:13 a.m.: Time to go make coffee! Decision time. I always thought the darker roast had most caffeine. Recent reports suggest the lighter roast has more, so I have been trying out breakfast blend and sharing with my wife. Going for taste today.
6:30 a.m.: Head into my home office, turn on the morning news and hit the emails!
6:40 a.m.: Feeling overwhelmed just looking at these. This is my to-do list, and it looks a mile long. Prioritize, weed out and delete, delete, delete!
7:12 a.m.: Need more coffee. Wife and older kids are up. Time for morning greetings.
7:20 a.m.: Back to work. Review art on shop jerseys, look at January sales figures, send some follow-up emails.
7:35 a.m.: The 3-year-old is now awake. He is the most receptive to me and gives a nice smile and a, “Hi, Daddy!” My daughter, on the other hand, is not very warm to my greetings: “Daddy, go away.”
8:37 a.m.: My wife is texting me, asking if I have heard from the contractor who is helping us with our new café wine bar. I avoid the reply, as it’s not good news.
9:30 a.m.: Ready to leave the house, and my youngest son is having a nuclear meltdown.
Our sitter won’t let him watch TV without first finishing his breakfast. Glad she has to be the bad guy, but I am having to hold to rules.
10:10 a.m.: At the shop.
10:27 a.m.: Another quick check of emails while on the road. Don’t worry, I’m not reading them, just purging my inbox quickly of unwanted stuff that is cluttering.
10:42 a.m.: Listening to will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout.” Perfect timing. I think I’ll scream along!
10:58 a.m.: Text the contractor for the café to see what his schedule is for starting the patio.
11:05 a.m.: Hit the showroom floor and help with customers both in-store and on the phone.
12:05 p.m.: In my office finally to work on my to-do list and place orders.
12:18 a.m.: Will the emails ever stop?
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Placing orders, emailing vendors and following up on phone calls. Have to roll with the punches.
1:40 p.m.: Hungry. Calling in a small Hideaway pizza. My office faces their sign – not a good motivator for eating healthy.
2:10 p.m.: Meeting with a new, up-and-coming business owner. He is a good customer and friend I am trying to mentor. Trying to help him avoid many of the headaches we experienced.
3:10 p.m.: Back to the computer for more work on my to-do list.
4:18 p.m.: The term “email hell” comes to mind!
5:15 p.m.: Working with our performance director, Aaron, and our newest bike-fitting tool. This special-fit bike looks like it’s right out of Star Wars.
5:50 p.m.: The rain is making it easy to be lazy. Just realized I am booked both before and after work with meetings tomorrow. I might have four off days without training. I get really grumpy after just missing two days.
6:01 p.m.: One last purge of my emails, and then I am gonna try to disconnect for a while.
6:16 p.m.: Time to skip over to my favorite watering hole, McNellie’s, for a quick beverage to help round off the day and take off the rough edges.
7:30 p.m.: My wife is requesting my ETA and informs me she doesn’t have the ingredients needed for the dinner she planned – asks me to pick up something on my way.
7:48 p.m.: Watching the Thunder on TV. It’s great to see after the Washington loss a few days ago.
8:05 p.m.: Looks like I’m doing Iron Starr tonight.
8:30-8:50 p.m.: Spending a little time with my oldest kids before bed. I really need to work on this. They are getting older.
9:25 p.m.: Reevaluating my meal choices. The food is awesome, but is forcing me to overeat! No training today. I did not earn this meal.
9:40 p.m.: My 3-yearold is pretty much on my schedule. I get some fun time with him.
10:10 p.m.: Time for a little TV with my wife.
10:40 p.m.: One last survey of the house. Then to bed.