Happy Earth Day!

So what did you do?

I cycled into to work – again 😉

I first tried it last week, on my mountain bike outfitted with puncture-resistant street tires, fenders/mudguards and lights (although the lights aren’t needed, with the sun rising before 5 AM and setting around 7:30 right now). I was thwarted by an unexpected road closure (not even the sidewalks are open), which cost me about half an hour, but I got to work just over 2 hours after I started. 2:05 for 17.4 miles, not bad for the first time! Just under 9mph. And not a terrible amount of cramping and saddle soreness…

Today I took a different route, shorter but scarier (crossing a crazy busy 3-lane roundabout), with a gel saddle that let me sit down more. Plus I had a big breakfast before I left, so I didn’t have to walk or stop once, making up and down the hills much easier than last time, and I did the ride in just about 90 minutes, for an average speed of 10.3mph. On the way back I made the same time, even with a bigger hill to climb, but again I didn’t stop and made it all the way.

Yay for me 🙂

The plan right now is to cycle in at least once per week, on average, but this depends on my carpooling buddy. I might decide to drive in to about 6 miles from work, and cycle in from there. The average cycle commute I’ve read about in the UK is 5-6 miles but this is mostly urban commuting, and I have to drive through countryside and city roads. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet but this is a fantastic way to exercise during the summer and keep eating what I want.

If I had to drive home, then get on the bike I don’t know how far I’d be able to ride. I suppose with the sun out for a long time in the evenings I could easily do several miles, and I am going to get a cycle computer while I’m in the States on vacation, so I’ll just take it week by week for now and see how it goes. Right now I think I could cycle in again tomorrow, I’m not sore and aching like I was last Thursday!

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