Bike Commuting Challenge: Week 1
For the most part, I had excellent weather to ride in all week. 85 and sunny every day except for Thursday. Thursday was the real challenge. When I first saw Thursday's forecast, I was pretty optimistic. There was only a 30% chance for thunderstorms. But come Thursday morning I woke up to thunder, lightning, and pouring rain, and already on Day 4 I was rethinking this challenge in a big way, wondering what the point was and whether it was worth getting completely drenched on the way to and from work. But then one of the other voices in my head spoke up and said that I couldn't quit a 17-week challenge in the very first week. So I sucked it up and headed out and survived my first not-so-ideal two-wheel commute to work. The weather on Friday was amazing again, and I soon forgot about my wet Thursday ride.
As far as being organized goes, I don't even notice much of a difference anymore. I grab an outfit, underwear, and shoes and put them into my work bag. It really is that easy. I've placed a hairbrush, deodorant, and wet wipes in my desk drawer at work and spend about five minutes freshening up and changing into work clothes once I arrive at work. Time-wise, it takes me maybe ten minutes longer to commute. I give myself thirty minutes. Some days it takes nearly that long by car depending on how many red lights I hit on the way.
Water bottle in one cage and travel coffee mug in the other
Summer temps mean light summer dresses that roll up easily into the ChicoBag daypack
Total Week 1 Mileage (work days only plus a few errands before or after): 81.71.
I know these warm sunny days will soon be coming to an end, and I already am preparing for that. But for now, I am happy with the challenge and continue to bike on to Week 2.
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