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Woo hoo!

Me on August 30: I have kind of a tentative goal of being able to cycle to and from work most days AND do my grocery shopping on Clyde within a year.

Yeah, well, I'm off till January 5 now, so my commuting year is done, and look! I sort of exceeded my goals.

December Bike Log

This is not a testament to my mighty powers so much as to bike commuting being much easier than I thought and way more fun than I could have imagined.

There was only one morning in December where I had to force myself to get on my bike. That day, the vision of this big shiny 100% being some paltry 93.2% or something tweaked my almost-nonexistent competitive streak. Every other morning it's been nothing but a pleasure.

The benefits so far:
  • Surprisingly firm thighs
  • Mood! Lack of bad ones!
  • Parking money saved based on my bad habit of driving to work on bad-mood days: at least $200
  • Bus fare theoretically saved if I hadn't already bought an annual pass in May: around $100
  • Freedom from negative self-image (yeah, priceless)
  • I see my town at times and from angles I've never experienced before
  • A whole new socioeconomic and political Thing (with concomitant slew of new blogs to read and new Twitterers to follow
  • Smugness. Seriously. It is AMAZING, the power of self-satisfaction (get your mind out of the gutter! Not that kind...)

And what about the downsides? To be fair, there are a couple.
  • My knees and hips hurt a little more than when I was complete slugbait
  • Bike-hatred. It exists. It's a whole minor subcategory of uglymind. And now I know about it and can't unknow it
  • A few purchasing mistakes while I was enthusiastically finding my cycling style
  • And, um...
Nope, that's it.

So far neither rain nor cold nor dark of night has stopped me, and yeah, yeah, that's all very well, but WHAT ABOUT SNOW AND SLEET? Well, to quote Jayne, that'll be an interesting day. They do make studded bike tires...


Dec. 25th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. The next test will be Vacation: The Idle Days of Winter. We'll see how I do getting on my bike when there's no compelling daily reason for doing it.



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