It occured to me that since I started riding to work I seem to have slowed down. I know there are people who try to "beat their time" to work and at first I was the that way, too. Faster is the key, but I think about how I was when I was driving and how I am now. For example:
I always tried to find shorter, faster routs to work, too. "If I go this way I will have one less light and two less stop signs."
When work is over I used to rush out to my car so I could be one of the first ones out of the parking lot so I wouldn't have to wait in line to get across the intersection.
Now, When I get up in the morning I start out slow I go a longer route to avoid a hill. I don't worry about stops, just "how can I avoid traffic?"
After work I sit in the shade and wait for the traffic from the three plants letting out at the same time to let up so I can get home without fighting cars. I go an even longer route so I can get some riding time in and I don't worry about when I get home.
Does any one relate to this...or is it just me?