Cycling, is a lovely sport, perfect recreation, great for the mind, great for the body, great for making friends, ideal for getting around. Cycling is a passion, there is something very satisfying about being on my bike, on the road or on the trails, with friends or by myself it doesn't matter because whatever it is, it helps me connect to something in my soul. The hard thing is that I clearly have many passions and not enough time to give all of them the time I'd like to give them.
I'm determined to fit cycling and running back into my life consistently. I have a strong desire to be at least 75% car free in my life. One of the problems with that is that my living situation is a bit wonky. I have my room I rent from a friend close to downtown, even still the majority of the time I'm at my Fella's house and he lives a solid 45 minute bike ride from downtown, where I work and where I teach yoga, not to mention my schedule is very tight even with driving everywhere like I do at the moment.
I know that to make this bucket list dream a reality, then I'm going to need to start biking into work from Cullen's house more often. Realistically I can only do this on days that he can let the dogs out after work and days I don't have too tight a work/yoga teaching transition. Don't forget Cullen and I are both responsible for keeping our canine friends happy and I need to make sure I'm pulling my weight. That aside I know I can start by biking into work 1 day a week, maybe Monday's and see how that goes, if it goes well, then I could incorporate Friday's too. That will be about 18 miles round trip and will be a good start. There are things I have to navigate, like no showers at my place of work, and people from other departments looking at me like a crazy nut in my cycling gear hauling my bike up the elevator in spandex (my department has already seen me do this and they accept me and my outside the box adventures for what they are, luckily my floor JP12 seems to embrace it).
Wanting to ride your bike to work, one day a week or many days a week may not be outside the box where you work and live, but unfortunately it is a Lincoln, but every time I do it I'll be challenging the box and helping people to think differently. Either way I get healthier and maybe the people around me get healthier too. Greensboro needs people who are willing to do something different right? If I don't try to change things in my life then they will always be the same. In my cubical at work I have a picture of Gandhi, and I try to remind myself "Be the change". It's true, you have to be the change. You must be the change it if you want it no one else can do it for you. If you want something go for it even if it feels nuts at first.
Back long ago when I biked to work, I was only living a mile from work, I could walk or bike and it didn't make a difference and the route was so short I didn't need wear bike clothes, I would ride in sporting high heals and dresses. Yup, I definitely did that and would do it again.
Now it's different, the ride in is much longer and will require more planning ahead and will definitely require bike clothes. I'm thinking I'm also going to need to keep baby wipes at my desk to help freshen up after the ride in. I'm determined to start, my new biking adventure will begin the first Monday in March when the fella is back to help me with the dogs.
Do you bike to work? Have you thought about biking to work? What is holding you back? Want to make a pact with me to ride to work one day a week in March and see where it goes?