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Old 02-07-06, 12:01 PM   #1
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First Commute!

Just got to work from my first bike commute! I drove home on lunch and rode back afterwards, about 6-7 miles...not as bad as I thought it would be. I just started riding again last week, so the hills kicked my butt a bit, but that will stop soon.

Now I need help, any ideas on how to get my lazy butt up 20 minutes earlier in the am???
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Old 02-07-06, 12:05 PM   #2
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Cool. How to get up earlier? Sorry, not much practical advice from me. But if you're having fun on your bike, you may find it worth it just so that you can be riding. That might help a bit.
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Old 02-07-06, 12:05 PM   #3
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20 minutes? I shower the night before and lay out all my gear. It does take a few minutes to dress and throw the panniers on the bike. Still, I wake up at the same time as when I drive.

You could try an alarm
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Old 02-07-06, 12:07 PM   #4
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Just show up to work 20 minutes late. That's what I do.
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Just show up to work 20 minutes late. That's what I do.
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Actually, i get up one hour earlier than normal when i commute. And i arrive to work about 30-40 minutes earlier. This way if i end up with a flat or need to call for a ride if it's something i can't fix, I won't be late. And i get to relax for a bit when I'm early before starting work.
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Old 02-07-06, 01:09 PM   #6
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Where I work, some start at 7 am, some at 8 am. I'm an 8 am'er.

One day I arrived a little late, and my boss asked, "Hey, do you know what time we start work around here?". "No", I replied, "by the time I get here, everybody's already working".
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First ride for the year this morning. Close freind had heart attach yesterday. Makes you think. I have to get my butt back on the bike and lose a few pounds. As long as there is no snow on the roads I am going to keep riding. Got to work and worked out in the gym for 45 minutes also.

We will see how long I can get up at 5:00 AM.
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One day I arrived a little late, and my boss asked, "Hey, do you know what time we start work around here?". "No", I replied, "by the time I get here, everybody's already working".
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Welcome to the club. Based on my ride distance, I get up 45 minutes earlier than when I drive (40-45 minute ride). You get used to it. The fresh air really wakes me up.
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wow congrats! My first commute was three weeks ago. Been doing it since. Loving everyday even more
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Welcome to the Happy Healthy Commuting MuthaF*ckas Club. Now that you're 10x sexier than your co-workers, please use discretion when they fling themselves at you.

As for getting up 20 minutes earlier, it's physically impossible.
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Thanks for all the positive comments and support guys. Hopefully some of these hills start getting easier sooner than later!!

I almost made it on time today too! I think I have resigned to the "I am just going to be 5 minutes late" school of thought.
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