At last my back is starting to ease up a bit. Of course it could be the painkillers, but I prefer to think that it’s easing up 🙂
We’re having a new sofa delivered today and we had to get the two old ones out of our flat. The first one had already been removed by myself… there’s suspicion that this is what started the back pain, but I’m not convinced.
In order to get the sofas out of our flat we have to dismantle them. Now while I’m certainly not a DIY extraordinaire, I’m also quite experienced in DIY.
Like you, I have a toolbox in my cupboard which I went and took out, possible for only the second or third time this year, in order to take apart the sofa.
Unfortunately, on further investigation, this sofa turned out to be rather well made with the result that it had to be sawn into pieces in order to fit out through our hall.
While I have quite a range of tools, what I don’t have is an electric saw. And so…
…I spent a good hour sawing through our sofa with the kind of half-blunt hand saw that we all own.
To be honest, I was pretty pleased with myself by the time I’d finished. That is until my back went, which I’m still not convinced was caused by the sofa.
But I was left with a problem. A big one.
Today we have our new sofa being delivered but I still had one of the old ones in the living room.
There’s no way that the new one and the old one would fit in the room together. Quite simply I had to get the old one out.
I called upon the quickest communication tool of our time, Facebook, and sent an urgent request to friends asking for help.
My plea was responded to and yesterday two friends came over to help me move the remaining sofa out of our flat.
Remember when I said that I am not a DIY extraordinaire? Well Rob is what I would call an extraordinaire at DIY.
He can, quite literally, build anything. He recently rebuilt his house!
He turned up first and refused any of the choice beverages that I have in my kitchen (including rather a lot of beer left over from my wedding) and said he wanted to get started because it was only going to take about 20 minutes and then he would relax and enjoy a drink.
I silently chuckled into my cup remembering the hours it had taken me to get the other sofa out.
So while I was making myself a drink, it’s always important to have a drink if you have to watch someone else work, I suddenly heard this loud noise coming from our living room.
I dashed up the corridor, if you can call it dashing when you move a step at a time to prevent your back from giving way, and there was Rob with an electric saw and a sofa in three parts.
Damn him, he’d actually taken it apart in less than 10 minutes!
It took another ten minutes for him to take it out and he was sitting down with a beer before our other friend had even arrived.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with racing, but it’s crucial.
It’s something that we should regularly remind ourselves of…
If you’ve got the right tools then you can do a job properly in a short amount of time. If you haven’t got the right tools then the same job can take hours and end up being done poorly.
When we analyse a race we need to make sure we’ve got the right tools in place. Not just things such as a quiet room, form guides etc…. but also the right tools to analyse the way we want to.
For example there’s no point trying to analyse speed if you haven’t got access to good speed ratings, or collateral form if you don’t have a quick way of accessing it.
It’s very easy for me to say what the right tools are for me, but I want to know what the right tools are for you.
So leave me a comment telling me what the right tools are for you below.