Just a quick update on things related to biking. Once I did my first tri (South Shore Tri) at the end of July, I kind of backed off on the cycling to work for a little while. There were a few reasons:
- It was hot, and I get sweaty easily
- Work has been crazy
- I’m moving into marathon training mode
I would bike maybe a day or two, but life in general was busy and I always had something else going on after work that I needed to be presentable for. I did bike to work once the week before my marathon, but that was an “emergency” (stupid valet at work closed before I got my keys, and I had to cab it home that night. Biked to work next day, then drove car home. Haven’t parked my car w/ that lot since then).
Following the Fox Valley Marathon, I actually switched out my bikes. I’d been riding my trusty mountain bike all summer for my duathlon & triathlon training, and whenever I wanted to bike to work. But in early August I had actually made an “impulse” purchase of a “hipster roadbike” – a blue 80’s roadbike. A trip out to Mount Prospect one night, and $140 less, and I have a road bike! It’s single speed, which is cool for my neighborhood, although I probably won’t be doing any triathlons or races on it.
But it’s excellent for commuting. I had taken it out on weekends in August to go to street festivals, and I began using it the week after the marathon to bike to work. I had to get used to the drop handles, but after that it’s pretty comfy and I feel a bit more hip while commuting to work.
I rode into work today, after 4 days last week I couldn’t ride because I had to go all over the city for work. I remembered today why I enjoy biking to work:
- Avoid the traffic. Or more accurately, glide through it while cars are waiting.
- Spend some time outside. 15 minute ride each way (same amount of time I’d be in the car)
- Get a little exercise. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s good for the body.
- Feel like I’m doing good for the earth.
- Force myself to leave work at a decent hour in order to avoid biking in the dark.
- Feel like a hipster!