Cycling to work
I'm thinking of cycling from home to work at least some of the week. I live about 11 mile from work. How realistic is this considering I'll then have to cycle home in the evening?
The only way you'll know how realistic it is, is by giving it a go. Sorry if that sounds unhelpful, but the truth is if you are already fit it will be a piece of cake physically, whereas if you struggle for breath as you huffle from the sofa to the fridge, it's going to be really tough. Your job may be one that leaves you completely wiped out by the end of the day, it may be one that is nice and restful. Only you know these things, we don't.
With cycling to work though, often the reeal challenge is not in pedalling 11 miles there and back, but rather in the logistics. Where can you park your bike? Is it safe there? Have you got a locker or something where you can store your gear (you definitely want a helmet if you're on the roads at commuting times, cars don't see you, don't care about you, and some are even deliberately agressive towards you when you're on a bike)? What if you need a shower from being all sweaty? Is there somewhere to dry out your jacket if you cycle in on a wet day? Etc etc.
Like I say, you'll have to just try it .
"Only mzungus run along the paved road" Chris Cheboiboch, Kenya.
Thanks for the comments Rob. I can say yes to most of what you say - showers, locker, bike shed (it's a school and cycling is encouraged!). The reason I am thinking about it is I need to get to work earlier and so won't be able to get to the gym before work. I'm worried that I won't be able to maintain my fitness levels so am thinking cycling to work might be a solution. I think the time factor, the really busy road there and having to carry books to mark in the evening are my main worries.
My work colleague cycles to and from work everyday and she must cycle about 10 miles there and 10 miles back each day. I don't know how she does it but she looks great, it must be a great feeling knowing you're doing so much exercise and getting a lot fitter with it. :)
Hi. I've just investigated another route which is only 7 miles and avoids a really nasty dual carriageway. Have got one huge roundabout to avoid and then I'm sorted.
I cycle to work and it's about 10 and half miles each way and it's not as hard as you think. the first few weeks I was pretty tired but I'm okay now. If you can avoid the dual carriageway though I would advise. I cycle along one for most of my journey and it gets pretty hairy at times.
Yeah,Cycling is good exercise.I think after workhour,We have no time to go gym to do exercise.Wehave to tired to do this.It's a best idea.Thanks for sharing it.
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