I know the phrase is, "put up or shut up," but for some reason I haven't felt like blogging while putting in my greatest amount of miles to date. I started bike commuting to work a few months ago. I started riding my bike to the bus stop which is a very short distance with the idea to ride home after work when I was more awake. You see, I am not what you'd call a morning person. I morosely drag myself from bed as if leaving the arms of a sweet, sweet lover. I try to brace myself for the day with a hot shower and my customary bowl of tea, but still it's morning--too early to do anything. Unfortunately, that includes catching the bus. Public transit in a time of budget cuts means buses run less often: I'm either going to be really early for work or nearly late. These are not great options for the punctually-changed so I looked to Betty as something of an equalizer.
In making a morning commute I have discovered many things.
- You don't have to be a morning person to ride your bike to work in the morning.
- [For a short commute] you don't have to have the optimum breakfast.
- You don't have to have the optimum amount of sleep the previous night.
- You don't have to be in optimum physical condition.
- The weather does not have to be perfect. You will warm up/cool off/dry off pretty quickly with the proper layers.