On a personal note, hereâ€™s little stuff on how to keep yourself sane during harvest. I usually have a couple of things going. I like to sneak in a work out when I can. Either a run with Tracy and the dogs, or ride the bikes down to the gym and get in a workout. Maybe I get a chance to do that once or twice a week, but when I do, it feels really good.
Mentioning bikes, my slight passion this year has been taking Tracyâ€™s old mountain bike and making a fixed gear bike out of it. Fixed gear meaning a single gear that doesnâ€™t allow for any coasting. If the bike is going, the pedals are going, you are going. It puts you in touch with the bike. Itâ€™s good for your cadence; a lot of racers do some training on fixed gear bikes. For me, itâ€™s just a lot of fun. You have to be more in touch with your balance and be thinking ahead all the time. Itâ€™s not a simple matter of getting on the bike to start, or coming to a stop. Iâ€™ve been working on getting the bike in shape, since it was a little beat up. Iâ€™m going to stop by the bike store on the way home to get a spoke wrench to fix the wobbly front wheel. Maybe Iâ€™ll look into some new brakes too.
Those are the kind of things that can take your mind off of what you are doing. It gives me something different to do. It keeps me from thinking and worrying all the time about grapes. You have to put a lot of thought and planning into harvest, but if it absorbs your whole life, you can get yourself in trouble.
The other thing I started to do a little bit of is to write some Haiku. Itâ€™s pretty fun. One of the nice things about Harvest is you are out early in the morning, all day long, and sometimes late at night. One of the things I like most about Harvest is you have a chance to see things most people donâ€™t get to see. There are beautiful vistas and views of vineyards and wineries, or just nature. The beauty of watching so many things come together, that have to work together, to make things right. So Iâ€™ve been writing a couple Haiku like poems. Iâ€™ll put them here so you can have a little laugh at my terrible artistic leanings in the writing and poetry category.