That’s right. This Sunday (30th) I decided to say FU to winter and ride my bike to work.
However, mother nature said FU right back at me and the morning commute was awful. Even though it was 0 degrees, when you are going 32km/hour on a bike with wind it felt like -30 (and after this winter I am very familiar with what that feels like)! Since I was wearing my helmet I couldn’t wear a hat and my ears and face were frozen. Tears actually started streaming down my face. I had two pairs of stretchy gloves on because I didn’t want to wear bulky mitts and my fingers had mild frostbite. By the end of the journey I was so cold and shaking so violently I actually toppled the bike and cracked my “trunk”. Lesson learned.
On the way home I had the freaking best time of my life! It was great. I rode along in the sunshine with my music on (at a low-level). When the ground was level I would pedal for a while and get my heart pumping and legs working and then I would take a break and just ride. A few people actually honked and waved at me 🙂 About one-third of the way in I started singing at the top of my lungs (who cares who hears) and it felt good. It was like all the cobwebs inside me that had developed over the winter were getting cleared out and my body was cleansing itself.
The commute only took me about 45 minutes which is shorter than I expected. When I got home I felt so good, and I was on a good mood and had so much fun playing with the kids. It did start to hit me a bit when we walked the dogs (the stroller seemed particularly heavy) but even today (the morning after) I still feel great. AND I WANT MORE!!!
Here are a few of the things I learned on my first ride:
1. Riding a bike is so much less stressful than driving because I just putter along doing my thing.
2. The roads in Toronto have been ruined this winter. Half the time I had to practically ride in the middle of the road because of al the huge potholes in the road.
3. Time is relative. It usually takes me about 25-30 minutes (give or take depending on traffic). I drive the DVP where the limit is 90 km/hour. So, I figured since I would be riding at an average speed of about 25km/ hour it would take me at least an hour. Not so. It took me 45 minutes which makes sense since the commute is about 17km. Just goes to show how much time gets eaten up by sitting in traffic.
4. Due to the horrible conditions of the road, using the coffee cup holder I installed did not go so well. Even only half full I arrived at work covered in coffee. I hadn’t planned on using it but near work I was so frozen I had to run into 7-11 to get something hot because I was dying).
5. I love the banana seat! It is so comfy and because it is so long it actually ended up supporting me and my backpack (which is great for my back).
6. I have to wait until it warms up more to ride again 😦 It is going to be really hard now that I know what fun it is, but that morning experience definitely taught me a lesson.
Oh, and I apologize to all the drivers I probably pissed off. You were expecting me to go fast because I was on an e-bike and then because I was pedalling I was only going 17 km per hour. A girl’s gotta get her exercise!
Have a great day everyone!
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