CSX66 wrote:1 Month today since my first ride!
I've covered 288KM for the month. I've been steadily improving in the speed I can maintain and my time to get to work has been reducing. My round trip to work now is about 31KM now and I've been riding 2 to 3 times a week.
I'm still enjoying myself on the bike and reckon I'll stay motivated to keep going. Finally found some exercise that I actually enjoy.
Today's ride was fun riding in. Cool, clear and crisp morning with a bit of a tailwind in some spots. You can just enjoy zipping along.
The ride home was a different story. I got held up at work so didn't leave till late. It was getting dark and cold and drops of cold rain were biting as I pedaled along (I'm still in shorts pants and sleeves). The morning's tail wind was now a headwind and had picked up a bit. You can see by the way the surface of the river is whipped up. So I was grinding along but surprisingly I was still enjoying myself. Having ridden the trail a few times now I know the land marks and ticked them off as I went, each a small achievement. I finally crested the narrow wooden bridge and coasted down towards my car waiting at Riverside park with a sense of satisfaction of having made it.
It's probably old hat to you guys that have been riding for years but I really like that feeling of "I've done it!" as I arrive at my destination.
I've met some nice people on this forum and on the road. I was chatting with another cyclist at the lights on the ride home to day. She had some nice words of encouragement before zipping off down the trail ahead of me. One day I'll be able to keep up with some of these folks that pass me.
Good on you Michael, nice to see your still enjoying it 1 month in. There is no reason you wont be still enjoying commute riding all through winter. The main thing is to be dressed appropriately, it's not so bad to be cold, it's not so bad to be wet but it's horrendous to be cold and wet. There is a saying that there is no inappropriate cycling weather only inappropriate clothing.
With your situation of park and ride make sure you have a good wet weather plan for when you get back to the car, wouldn't be good driving home getting seats wet then finding out your seat is still wet next morning. I had to pick up our car from mechanic one afternoon in torrential rain and ended up putting the floor mats on the seat to keep it dry.