Last term I pushed it hard. I work on a small software project for school on the side of teaching, leading a teaching group, school clubs and all the other periphery which goes with modern day teaching. I pushed it too hard, in a bid to make push through some large updates.
As a consequence, by the time the last day arrived I was tired to the point of total exhaustion. With the relief of finishing term, on the last day I cycled home after going to the pub (for orange juice and lemonade) with collegues, and lost it. Not in the crying, chair throwing, uncontrolled emotional "lost it" I occasionally see from my pupils, but in the ability to cycle. I crashed out.
This is what burnout looks like-
As a result of the damage, and a loss of confidence in the bike (it is a weird match of components), I have ended up with a new bike and more safety gear. But more importantly I have learnt the value of stopping, and not working too hard. Hopefully I can learn it well this time.