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Bicycle Commute: Change in Plans

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One of the losses I've had with my ongoing use of blood thinners has been my bicycle commute to work. I've struggled with this and finally I think I have a solution that will "work"...at least on occasion. The reason I gave up my commute is that there is a stretch of road near my house where the shoulder is skinny, crumbly and it's just plan necessary to ride in with morning rush hour traffic to the left of the white line. This was hair-raising enough BEFORE taking a blood thinner...but after? Psychologically it just pushed the envelop too far for me.

The idea came to me today as I needed to take the car in for repairs. So I loaded up the bike, drove to the shop, unloaded bike, left car and rode off to work.

Loved the ride! Foggy, dewy, chilly...flat out in the highest gear, biggest ring most of the time. Despite shorts and a light shirt I was sweating mightily when I got to work.

If there's time after work I'm hoping to take a longer loop back to the shop to rack up a similar number of miles as I would have gotten by riding from home.

So why not load up my bike and drive to the north end of Otsiningo Park and leave my car so I can enjoy at least PART of my commute by bike and make up the difference when I can by looping through Hillcrest and Chenango Bridge after work?

Going to try my best to nail this at least a few times a week when I'm not working too late. I begrudge waiting for weekends to ride!

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