Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Things I learned from my bike ride to work:

1. I clearly work at a higher elevation than I live. Didn’t seem like it at the time, but my commute to work on my bike yesterday was totally up hill. My commute home was a breeze. Literally. At one point I was going so fast down hill I felt as if I was going to go headfirst over my handlebars.

2. The break-in period for my bike shoes is officially over. They felt a little pinchy at first – probably because of their stiffness. So either I’m used to that feeling or they have stretched enough to conform to my foot.

3. I’m a klutz. I knew this before, but it was extremely evident yesterday. It is so bad, my boys now say my theme song is ‘Clumsy’ by Fergie - because I’m always trippin and stumblin and fallin. It is also partly why I have the Bumble on the top of this blog. (Bumbles bounce!). They think it is hilarious.

I fell twice yesterday on my way home. Both times I was at a complete standstill – foot off the pedal and all. Just lost my balance. The first time, no one was around. The second time I was at a red light with several other stopped vehicles. I probably scared the crap out of the car drivers. Luckily, as I said, everyone was stopped. However, my elbow and knee took the brunt of the fall.

4. I am capable of riding 40+ miles on my bike without pain in my neck or back side. Just not in a row.

5. My bike is the right size for me and it is fitted correctly.

6. The people at work think I’m crazy. The best response I got was ‘I don’t even like to drive 20 miles let alone bike that far!’



  1. congratulations! That is honestly an accomplishment. I still can't ride 15 miles without my rump in serious pain. I need to just put more time in I guess to get over this hurdle?

    My wife and I plan to commute to work at least two times a month this summer :)

  2. That's so cool. I'm so impressed. I really don't have the courage to bike on Atlanta roads, so huge kudos to you.

    As far as falling down goes -- I bust my butt almost every time I ride. Johnson & Johnson Tough Pad bandaids are my new best friend!

    And if I had a nickel for every time I've heard "I don’t even like to drive __ miles let alone run/bike that far!" I would be retired and on a beach in Tahiti!

  3. Very cool I want to start riding to work but work in NYC and feel like it would end up me fighting for my life more than enjoying the ride :(