Shorter Bike Commutes are Harder?

it might surprise some of you, but I don’t get paid to ride my bike.  Think about that though, wouldn’t be nice to somehow figure out a way to get paid by the mile?  It would be one helluva an incentive to hop on the bike no mater how cold and wet it is outside.  Maybe I can post something on Craigslist, “Well ride for cash!”  Hmmm

Sorry I digressed.  Since I don’t get paid by the mile, I have a job that pays me enough to be able to ride.  I work in the training department of a Northwest insurance company.  I help train the new claims folks.  One of the best parts is that I can cycle commute.  Its only 17 miles to my house from the front door.  Just a good stretch of the legs.

This week, I am learning that a much shorter commute is actually harder!

We have an office 5 miles from our house, and this week, they had 2 new employees coming on.  Instead of making them come south to Seattle, I decided to train them up north.  Since it is much closer, I decided I needed to ride to and from work to try to make up some of the miles I was losing.  This as NOT been easy, as I have gotten wetter these last two days and dealt with the harsher winds than any other time this winter.

But hell that’s way they invented gortex!  The weather hasn’t been the hard part.

Honestly, it’s harder to have a 5 mile commute than a 17.

Normally, I look forward to my rides at the end of the day from Seattle.  Rain, wind or freezing cold, I am changed and ready to take it on.  After a hard and stressful day, I know I have over an hour of time with the wind blowing in my face.  It clears the mind, gets rid of the cobwebs, and puts me in a great mood when I get home.

Gotta love my work shop glasses for dark and wet days!
Gotta love my work shop glasses for dark and wet days!

At the north office, I’ve decided NOT to trust the bike rake.  Even though it is in the garage, we share the building with other companies, and they have customers coming and going.  Losing one bike makes one paranoid.  So I’ve been bringing it into the classroom.  This of course starts conversations about my cycling.  More than once I’ve heard “Must be nice to be closer to home.”  It just isn’t.

Even though its a shorter ride, I still have to do all the prep work of packing clothes, shoes and layers for the weather.  I then have to take the time to change and get ready for the ride.  So all the work of a longer ride.

So, after all the prep work, its only 5 miles.  Hell I don’t even break a sweat.  After getting there in the morning, I don’t even bother with a shower.  At least on the way home, there is a killer hill climb, helping get these legs in shape.  It almost feels like a waste of time.

I shouldn’t complain, I know.  All exercise is good exercise.  AND by cycling I missed being stuck in one of the biggest back ups ever on Monday.  But when the end of the day hit today, I just flat wasn’t excited, even after being blessed by the weather gods.  All day I had watched it pour on us, and the windows rattled with the wind.  But 10 minutes before I left, the sun came out (wind stayed strong though)

For the first time ever, it felt like a commute.  (yes I know I am whining)

The good news, is that its only for this week.  And Sunday I am riding the Chilly Hilly, 33 miles around Bainbridge Island.

So maybe I am not that smart, or a glutton for punishment, but I’d rather ride 17 than 5 any day!  But then I’d rather ride 40 than 17 given the choice!

I must just be a cyclist!


4 thoughts on “Shorter Bike Commutes are Harder?

  1. I don’t always get a chance to read but I thought I would check out your posts for a change since you are always nice enough to read and comment on mine :)) I haven’t biked in years, living in the core of Toronto I would be a bit fearful riding in to work. Great post about shorter bike commutes :))

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