I have been trying to bike to work since around January, but I need some creative help with some issues I am trying to figure out. I feel rather guilty that I don't bike to work and I would like to bike to work at least one day a week to start and then eventually every day, at least until the baby comes.
The distance is only 17 miles one way and I have already found a perfect route, so thoses aren't issues.
I am not looking for excuses to not bike to work, but I do have a few details to work out:
1) In order to get to work on time, even averaging 14 mph I would have to get out of bed around 4:45am to get ready and get to work on time. I am an early riser, but that is pretty early, even for me, and I don't want to go to bed at 8pm the night before to avoid being tired. Any thoughts or tricks to be well rested and not have to go to bed so early to get up so early? Maybe I could take naps in the afternoon after work? My wife is a napper and I get home by 3:30pm each day, so maybe that would work.
2a) I have a very high metabolism and if I don't eat, I get dizzy and would probably faint if I bike on an empty stomach. BUT, I have a weird stomach and if I eat within an hour of waking up, I would vomit everywhere. So, what are good foods to eat moments before I head out in the morning that could hold me over until I have my real breakfast at my desk at work (which is what I do now)?
2b) I would have to have a snack before leaving work so I don't pass out on the way home in the afternoon. I wouldn't have room to carry a meal, so what types of energy-specific foods can I bring with or snack on to accommodate this issue of needing to eat enough before I ride?
As far as freshening up when I get to work, I don't care too much as I will be riding in cool weather even during the summer mornings and it's not like my co-workers don't already stink as it is (maybe I am kidding about that part).
I think those are my only two issues: getting up so early and having enough food!
Thoughts? Thanks in advance!