Archive for November, 2017

30 Days of Action: Day 20

Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Life

Productive day, today. I got through all of the biological psychology reading I wanted to, as well as working on my development psychology presentation and applying psychology portfolio. Plus, a bunch of non-psychology stuff:

I’ve added all of the new photos I wanted to my new book and printed out a new copy to give to my editorial review team (Elina).

I’ve filmed five new videos for Worfolk Anxiety. There is still editing to do. I have commissioned some new logo intro videos on Fiverr, so I am waiting for those to be done before I do all of the cutting up.

I’ve created captions for the first five videos of my Get More Restaurant Customers course.

Finally, I’ve also mocked up four cover options for the new book. Go check my Facebook feed if you want to vote for your favourite.

GO TRI Braham

Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Sport

Hot off the heels of GO TRI Temple Newsam, I signed up for GO TRI Braham.

It was a different setup: less running and more cycling. The cycling was on the road and slightly less hilly. It was also more competitive: people turned up with racing bikes and separate shoes for running and cycling.

The competitiveness was most obvious on the road. I held my own on the run but I was overtaken by a lot of people in the cycle, even on the climb. The revised format made it a quicker course, though, and in the end, I finished 22nd, same as last week.

My time was 33:21

Despite being slow relative to the other athletes, I wasn’t too disappointed by my time. Despite being ill, I still averaged 24kmph. That is nothing to write home about if you are a cyclist. But, as I struggled to get my speed above 20kmph on the towpath, and kept telling myself I would be faster on clear roads, a little vindication did make me feel better.

The event was well organised and the results were online the same day.

30 Days of Action: Day 19

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 | Life

Tough day, today. I spent the morning in bed ill, before getting up for a “test walk” to see if I was feeling good enough to compete in GO TRI Braham. The answer was probably no, but I pushed through anyway, which totally wiped me out for the rest of the day.

However, some progress has been made on the book. I’ve written the new sections that I am planning to add and have picked out a selection of photos to use. So, I just need to add those in and send them back for review and the writing phase is done.

GO TRI Temple Newsam

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 | Sport

Last week, I completed my first triathlon. Except it wasn’t a triathlon, nor was it anything like a real distance.

It was the “GO TRI Temple Newsam”, a novice event designed to get people into triathlon that is organised by the British Triathlon federation. It took the format of a duathlon with a 2km run, 5km bike and another 2km run.

Despite a slow start, leaving me dead last, I managed to pull up the pace and pass most of the field. In the end, I came home in 22nd position, out of a field of 58. Not a total disaster for my first event.

My time was 37:07.

Coming off the bike was hard. I did a duathlon training session on my birthday, and for the first kilometre, I had no running legs. That’s not a huge thing when you are running 10k, but quite a big thing when you are only running two.

It was also a good reminder that my descending on the bike sucks. I lost a few places coming down the hill because I was on my breaks and other people weren’t. Luckily, what goes down must come up, and I was a faster climber than everyone who overtook me.

Event-wise, I think it was good. It felt a tad disorganised at times, but that didn’t really matter: everyone knew what was going on and there were marshalls at all of the key points, so that is all you need.

My only criticism is that we were promised a secure transition area for our bikes. But, that turned out to be the middle of the field. Not a problem when you are riding a Halfords-own-brand bike, but if you brought your £1,000 bike (which is pretty common if you are into your cycling) you would probably be quite annoyed.

It was good fun and I would do it again. Especially when it warms up a little bit!

30 Days of Action: Days 17 & 18

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 | Life

Yesterday was a write-off. Venla was ill again, so I spent most of the day looking after her. The time I did get free I spent at the gym and doing biological psychology reading. I think that means I have technically failed the challenge. Thanks, Venla.

But some of the work seems to be paying off. Four people requested a personalised report yesterday. It’s not currently hooked up to my mailing list, as I wanted to monitor people’s behaviour before I do that, but so far it looks like it could be a valuable source for reaching new people.

Paying customers are coming through on the Mindfulness for Social Anxiety course, too.

Today has been a little better in terms of work. I’ve queued up week 8 of WAM’s Running for Anxiety course and scheduled the email announcement, too.

Second, I went through my new book with my editorial team (Elina) and made all of the corrects. I still have some further editing to do but things are looking to be in good shape.

30 Days of Action: Day 16

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 | Life

On Thursday, I started with everyone’s favourite task: software upgrades. WordPress has released a new version so I went around securing all of my installs with the latest software.

I then moved on to closing a website, and a small chapter of my life, in the form of Mountain Wallet. The store is now gone.

In more exciting news, Worfolk Anxiety now offers personalised reports to anyone who completes the mood assessment. After you complete it you get your score and a short explanation, and you can put your email address in if you want a more detailed PDF.

Finally, I have also written some scripts for a set of new videos I am going to film for WAM.

30 Days of Action: Day 15

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Life

Yesterday I finished course pages for Mindfulness for Social Anxiety and my existing 5-Day Mindfulness for Anxiety course and then went through and deep-linked any relevant blog post back to these pages.

It doesn’t sound like much, but I’m reasonably pleased with it for a day’s work (in between a full day of lectures and looking after Venla) as writing good sales copy is really hard. And, in my case, writing mediocre sales copy is hard, too.

30 Days of Action: Day 14

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 | Life

Today was a grinder: four hours of back-to-back lectures in the morning, a quick lunch, and then four hours of back-to-back labs in the afternoon.

Despite that, I’ve got some business stuff done. First, I’ve re-done my actionable priority list. This is essentially my short-term business plan for things I think I can get done this month.

I’ve finished off the PDF generation of the personalised reports for WAM. I am now looking at how users can sign up to get access to them.

I have also gone through the recent blog posts and cross-indexed them with the site content.

I’ve also added a new courses page to WAM and added a new page for the new course which links off from that. Currently, there is very little information on the website about our courses, so I’ll be fixing that.

30 Days of Action: Day 13

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 | Life

Yesterday was filled with uni work and volunteering with Anxiety Leeds, so not the most productive of days.

However, I did write two new newsletters for Worfolk Anxiety. One was my weekly newsletter, this one looking at tryptophan and cognitive reappraisal, and another that is reminding people to register for Mindfulness for Social Anxiety.

Metrics on Udemy have been promising. More people signed up for the new course yesterday and three people wrote reviews of my courses yesterday, too.

Bingley Five Rise Locks

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 | Sport

If you know what a canal lock is, you can probably work out what Bingley Five Rise is.

It’s quite a climb on a bike. I’m not pretending that it’s long, or it’s anything like what the professional racers are tackling on grand tours (for kilometres at a time). But, compared to the rest of the canal, the 18 metres of climbing is a lot. Wikipedia pegs it at 20%.

Indeed, having done around Eccup and the airport, I would say it’s as short, steep and nasty as anything that Leeds has to offer.

I haven’t been beaten by a climb yet, though, and this one was no exception. A bit of first gear and some riding out of the saddle and bingo, you’re at the top.

Except you’re not at the top. Because, when you get to the top, you run into a gate. Still on the hill, so you can’t just comfortably put your foot down and wheel yourself through. You’re still on the climb, trying to navigate this stupid wooden fence.

And yet, if I were to take a chainsaw to that wooden fence, in the eyes of so-called British justice, I would be the one in the wrong.