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Bike commuting, day two [May. 23rd, 2005|09:44 am]
Zoethe
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Biked in again this morning. Again it was a gloomy, forbidding-looking day that turned out to be just fine. I finally have a valid distance one-way: 11.65 miles. So 23 miles and change, roundtrip. I can't bike in tomorrow or Wednesday, and I want to aim for doing this at least two or three times a week, so today was definitely the day.

Carried my change of clothes in a sling bag I picked up for cheap the other day. An okay solution, but not great. I want to get the panniers we ordered from e-bay onto the bikes. Must look at those this weekend. It was a little after 7:30 by the time I got out the door, and a little after 8:30 by the time I arrived at the office. So I need to aim at a 7am departure time instead. I was, actually, but was having some organizational issues.

I chickened out of riding on Lake, since riding home on Lake was kind of scary on Friday. It's not really four lanes wide, but people drive on it as if it were, so some of those cars buzzed me mighty close. I rode Clifton, which is three lanes in either direction, until I got to where I could drop down onto Edgewater, which is much more leisurely. Clifton is so rough, though, that my wrists are kind of hurting. I may have to revisit riding on Lake.

It was cool and foggy and very still at Edgewater Park, and the lake was glassy. The part of the ride that actually travels along the shore can't be more than five minutes or so, but it feels like such a reward for the rest of it.

Do you ever have that strange, out-of-body sensation when you are doing something new or different? Both Friday and today when I first got on the bike my reaction was, wow, this is really happening; I'm really doing it, and then it hit me again at different landmarks: getting to the Starbuck's where we picked up the other group; getting to the park; riding across the bridge. A sort of self-surprise that I'm actually accomplishing something that I wouldn't have done before. Eventually it will become matter-of-fact, and I will not feel compelled to write about it; the people at the office will not express amazement at my accomplishment. It will be part of who I am.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2005-05-23 01:52 pm (UTC)
I completely understand that feeling. I just had it a few minutes ago - I'm trying to take a 2.5 mile walk with the kiddo 3-4x a week. The path I take is marked every quarter mile. Every time I hit a sign saying I've walked X far, I get that "I'm making the right choice. WOW!" moment.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 01:54 pm (UTC)
Good for you!
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2005-05-23 03:34 pm (UTC)
More importantly, good for you! Biking over 20 miles in a day? You ROCK!
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2005-05-23 02:01 pm (UTC)

wow, this is really happening; I'm really doing it,

Enjoy the newness.....we as personalities get accustom to the activity which is good but I love that feeling.....2 years ago if someone told you you'd be doing this you would have probably thought " You're crazy!"...I'm glad you are enjoying it!!
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[User Picture]From: molkovia04
2005-05-23 02:15 pm (UTC)
...as ever you're an inspiration on the good-habits-to-start front!
I hope, once I've moved a little closer, that I'll soon be able to start biking it to work.

All that post-finals momentum has found an outlet!
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[User Picture]From: molkovia04
2005-05-23 02:17 pm (UTC)
..your post-finals momentum I meant to say!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 02:24 pm (UTC)
I understood
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 02:24 pm (UTC)
Evening are amazing, wonderful things! You can DO stuff during them!!!
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[User Picture]From: crystalrowan
2005-05-23 02:16 pm (UTC)
I continue to be impressed. Great job! (And awesome icon by the way). :)
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2005-05-23 02:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's so amazing that you're doing this. I always hated the thought of biking in because I would be so sweaty and icky by the time I arrived (pretty lame excuse, eh?). On a brighter note, I made Andrew walk to the movie theatre with me yesterday instead of driving. It was (roughly) 40 minutes each way.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 02:59 pm (UTC)
That's a decent hike! Good for you!

I am a bit on the sweaty side when I arrive, but it's not hard to do a little sponging-off in the restroom and reapply deodorant (haven't biked on a HOT day, yet, though, so we'll see how it is then). Ferrett has been walking to the grocery store, and now that we have bike locks I think we will be driving even less for errands. Alas, the school year makes it necessary to drive (dark when I get done, and all those books to carry), but I'm going to try and use the Rapid more so that I'm only driving a couple miles to the station instead of all the way into town. Trying to be healthy AND earth-friendly!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 05:04 pm (UTC)
Did not think about it, I must admit. It's way cool, though!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-05-23 05:02 pm (UTC)

ooops - thats me- Paulius

sending kudos and the bike-safe link. http://bicyclesafe.com/
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 05:09 pm (UTC)

Re: ooops - thats me- Paulius

Well, I will have to take a left on 25th and come by to see you one of these days very soon! Though I can't promise that I will be dressed for the elegance of the VTR!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-05-24 02:09 am (UTC)

Re: ooops - thats me- Paulius

Get a LiveJournal, you!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 05:11 pm (UTC)
It's threatening to be a very wet ride home, which I don't mind as much as a wet ride in. I do need to acquire lightweight raingear at some point soon.
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[User Picture]From: barelyproper
2005-05-23 06:07 pm (UTC)
I do get that... It can be a good thing to have the perspective.
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[User Picture]From: lou_zer
2005-05-23 06:15 pm (UTC)
what did you do with your bike today. did they let you sneak it inside again?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 06:57 pm (UTC)
No, there is actually a bike rack in the garage that's attached to this building! I brought a lock this time.
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[User Picture]From: lou_zer
2005-05-23 07:10 pm (UTC)
ah, okay. i thought from your first ride-in that there wasn't anything, but i forgot that the issue was you not having your lock with you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and I didn't actually know that there was for sure a rack in the garage until this morning.
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[User Picture]From: lou_zer
2005-05-23 07:19 pm (UTC)
Some of our buses here have bike racks attached to the front, like a folding cow catcher, so you could live out in the burbs, bike to the nearest transit station, and then bus into the city.

i imagine that in the evening the bikers may cycle the whole way home, thus avoiding the "sweat/odor" problem during the day.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 07:21 pm (UTC)
All our buses now have the same thing, so if there was truly inclement weather and I had ridden in I could put it on the rack to take it home. Which is another reason this is now feasible.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 06:59 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't have to get up any earlier than I do already - if I don't bike, I work out in the morning. It's more a matter of rearranging the time for my shower and breakfast.

What floor?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-24 10:21 am (UTC)
Hard as it may be to believe, I am not by nature a morning person. I have had to discipline myself to this regime, and sometimes it really sucks. But I realized that if I don't do it this way, I don't do it at all. And I was going to die of the not doing, if I wasn't careful.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-24 04:42 pm (UTC)
It's true; I am a goddess.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: dramatic_flower
2005-05-23 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hi,
I stumbled across your journal and hope you don't mind my commenting.
I just wanted to congratulate you on all the progress you have made in getting in shape. You have completely inspired me to start biking again!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-23 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm having a great time getting there myself!
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[User Picture]From: cathawk
2005-05-24 02:33 am (UTC)
This sounds awesome...good for you!!
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