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Bicycle commuting, day 8

Monday, June 06, 2011

What a great day! I completed a round trip on my bike. I still need to improve my strength, but I'll get there. I'm not even feeling exhausted. My muscles feel as if they've really worked, but they are not sore.

Since no day seems to be complete without it, here is the minor mishap of the day: I was already on the trail at least a mile from my car when I realized I had forgotten my helmet! Oops! It was late, and I really didn't want to turn back. I was hypervigilant for the rest of the trip. As soon as I got downtown, I went straight to the bike shop that helped me out on Bike to Work day, and I bought another one. It was probably a good thing, too. It turns out that I was wearing my old one pretty loose because I had never really been taught how to adjust it. Now I know what to do.

I'm leaning toward having two sets of gear: one for commuting, and one for leisurely weekend rides, because I'm terrible at remembering stuff when I have to keep switching it from one bag to another. (My commuter panniers are just overkill for weekend rides).

I'm also putting some thought into developing a personal checklist that I can use on weekdays mornings, so I don't get stranded without a snack, a drink, a charged cell phone, a flat tire kit, and so on.

I also biked yesterday but I held back (30 miles, at a very leisurely pace), because I didn't want to be too tired for my weekday commute. I tried to go out Saturday as well, but I got an urgent "Come pick me up" call from my daughter after I had gone barely a mile. Oh well!
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  • TIGGER622
    You are awesome! Checklist sounds like a great idea :) way to go!
    3511 days ago
  • RUTHIEBEAR
    I think having two sets of gear is a good idea. I am a checklist person. I have lists for everything. I am impressed by your determination even when things do not go smoothly.
    3511 days ago
  • BILLALEX70
    I can tell you from my experience this past week that it's not a bad idea to have a second helmet. My main helmet broke and I couldn't ride all week until I could go get a new one.
    3511 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2112467
    Awesome! I would love to get some time like that on my bike!
    3511 days ago
  • LAURIET7
    I've been enjoying your series of bike commuting posts and I'm delighted you are feeling so good and energized and confident in yourself. You go girl!!!
    3511 days ago
  • SUZYMOBILE
    You just keep learning new things and new skills! This is great! It must be like taking a course in cyclery. In fact, I bet there are cycling clubs with beginners' subgroups.
    3511 days ago
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