Wednesday, July 31, 2013
First off I have to say I'm very lucky to live very close to a great (long) bike trail that runs along Lake Washington. I only have to bike down about 1/2 mile on residential roads to cross the major road (use cross walk at the light) to get to the trail. THEN, my work is also, just a 1/2 mile off the trail and most of that is the drive into the complex/campus.. again, just have to cross a major road (not too major) but there is a pedestrian cross walk if I can't merge easily with traffic.
So 7 miles door to door, when I've mapped it ages ago.. I should remap and just double check.
I've only ever had a mountain bike (cheap one from Target) and boy does that make for a long ride.. well, not that I ever knew it.
Now, I am borrowing a road bike from a co-worker in preparation for the sprint triathlon, and I feel GREAT! fast and smooth!
So, what's it like to bike in the morning into work?
hmm.. lately I've been driving in with the bike (say Monday) and I bike home.. then I bike in on Tuesday morning and then drive home and repeat for Wed/Thurs.. then I work from home on Friday..
this is a great way to save on gas, get in a bike workout too!
But, sometimes the morning start feels hard. I've been leaving extra clothes and food at the office, so I can keep my backpack minimally light. today only breakfast and a peach in the back pack, plus wallet, phone etc.
It's pretty chilling in the morning..right now it says 55 degrees.. but I stick with my short sleeve shirt and bike shorts.. (actually tri-shorts) because although the air feels cool at first, you do work up a good steam later!
I only had a cup of decaf and a banana (about 10 mins before I left).. and a little water.. so I always attribute the morning ride as 'harder' due to hydration and nutrition levels..
Ah.. morning exercise.. kind of dread it, but then when you are done, you really feel good! That is me this morning!
I am usually only a summer cyclist for the commute.. It gets too dark here in the winter after daylights savings time.. and I'm not that comfortable biking in the dark.
I'm pondering next week to go to the full commute.. bike in, bike home.. I did this a few times the other week and it was exhausting! because I was also working out during lunch.. hmm.. might be a good triathlon conditioning approach?
do you bike? do you have a bike? you should get out and take a spin.. it is fun and burns calories and builds muscle!