Monday, February 2, 2009

January riding report

402 miles accumulated, on 31 days of riding.

I bike-commuted to and from work all but one slippery afternoon when I took the bus home, and then rode the bus back in the next morning. That afternoon I walked to the bus stop, but the bus was running late. As I waited I threw a few snowballs and did some thinkin.' I thought about how I had rationalized that although the roads were bike-passable at the time, they'd probably be frozen and treacherous the next morning. But then I thought, "What kind of GIRLY-MAN am I turning into?!!" and headed back to the office, grabbed the bike and rode home. So far, at least, I haven't been back on the bus.


Anonymous said...

Hooray for the manliness of getting around by one's own power and will! I seriously think the manliness of cycle commuting should be more touted. It makes me sick that manliness is associated with the laziness of big trucks. What could be less manly than driving around in an extension of your climate-controlled house?! What sissies!

Unknown said...

Good job on commuting through January! There aren't many of us out there in this cold month. I tried to commute every day as well, but must confess that for the first time ever I actually turned around after the big dump early in the month. The next day I sucked it up and road in and just got used to the bike sliding around in the North End. Really happy about bike path in Boise being plowed!

db said...

Nice. I racked up 170 miles, drove only a couple days.

How's everyone feeling? I love research that backs up my theories:

Cycle commuters ill less often.

Bikeboy said...

db, speaking for myself, frankly I can't remember the last time I took some "unscheduled sick leave" from work. It must be at least 5 years ago. (And the boss always notes that fact on my annual performance review. Being reliable has value!)

Admittedly there have been a few days when I "went in sick" to work, but very few. And never so sick I couldn't ride the bike to the office.