Tuesday, 23 March, 2004

Riding to work

One benefit of my new assignment is that the building in which I'll be working has showers and lockers.  Downtown Austin traffic being what it is, I'd much rather ride my bike to work than take the car.  At 25 miles each way, it's a manageable bike ride:  about 2 hours each way with shower time included.  I can get my workout and my commute done at the same time.  I'm hoping to ride two or three times a week.

I'm not sure which part I like best:  riding to work in the morning or coming home at night.  In the morning I'm usually off the road by 7:30 so I miss most of the traffic.  I also don't have to rush my morning ride like I would if I had to go back home and shower.  The thought of riding home sometimes seems daunting, but by the time I'm five miles down the road, I'm relaxed and have forgotten about whatever was bothering me at the office.  I'm a little tired when I get home, but I'm in a much better mood than if I'd been fighting traffic in my car.  If the office was a little closer (less than 20 miles), I'd probably ride to work every day.