I did a dry run of my commute to work tonight with my friend.
Total commute is 14 miles one way, so 28 miles. The first 5 miles are through city streets, mostly residential. Then 9 miles of bike trail through rural and then city areas, finally, a trip through a parking lot to get to work.
The commute was a lot of fun, but I would like some advice from the experts. :-)
First, after doing 28 miles , with just a 15 minute break once I got to where I work, I'm not in a LOT of pain, but my legs feel weird, and my fingers are kinda numb, i think i was gripping the handle bar too tight. I'm guessing it will be different when i commute into work, then work 8 hours, then commute home. Although, at my job, I am a supervisor at the Home Depot, and on my feet for 8 hours, running back and forth across the store constantly. lol.
Second, I noticed my average speed drops off a couple mph when I get on the bike trail. Is that normal? Is there anything that can be done about that?
It took a bit longer than expected. About an hour and a half on the way there, and an hour and 45 minutes on the way home. But we had to stop quite a few times as my friend was in a lot of pain. I dont think his bike is a good fit for him.
Let me know what you think, and any advice you might have! I loved every minute of it!