I didn't want the day to be a total waste, so I decided to commute by bike to and from a 2 hr meeting that I needed to attend at church this morning.
Thoughts and observations from my first commuting attempt
- First and foremost, I had a BLAST riding this morning for some reason. Maybe because I left the Garmin at home and had no training expectations from the ride.
- I had planned my route so as to avoid too much traffic. I only had one traffic light to contend with, and cut through several parking lots to get off the road where it made sense. That was a success.
- It only took me about 5-7 minutes longer to ride there, than to drive (speed limit is 25-30mph most of the way there).
- Bike spedometer says it was 10.25 miles round trip, 15.6 MPH avg speed. Is it possible that focussing on fun (rather than speed and distance) is a critical piece that I've been missing?
- The sling backpack we got from a baseball game a few weeks ago was perfect for carrying my books, paper, pens, etc. Would be good for going to pick up a few light groceries too.
- Good thing it's a 'come as you are' church...I showed up in tights and had forgotten a change of clothes. OOPS!!
- I did remember a head band to try to disguise helmet hair as an intentional hair style.
- I brought a lock, but ended up parking the bike inside the building.
- I enjoyed riding to/from my meeting soooo much that all I could think of when I got home was riding my bike to/from work one day this week to see how that goes.
- I better not forget a change of clothes though!!
- Also, it will be a little trickier because I'll have to bring my laptop which is heavier/bulkier than what I was carrying today.
- And there will be no parking the bike inside the building, it will have to be parked and locked on a rack outside.
- What if... I like it and decide I want to ride to work more often? My current bike was really intended to be a commuter bike, not a race bike. Maybe after my races in May I can set it up better for commuting if I get serious about using it that way.
- And maybe, just maybe... I might be able to justify getting a better bike for racing for next season...