Thanks to everyone who has provided advice the past two weeks.
I just finished my first commute. I just wanted to pass on how it went and what i learned.
It would be impossible for me to commute from my house. only one road towards my work and it is a 45 mph (that people go 60 on) and no sholders 2 lane road (very unsafe) lots or turns, canpony road.
So I had the bright idea of letting my wife have the car (we only have one car and i usually drive it) and i would just commute from her work (almost exactly 5 miles from my work) The roads are much wider (sidewalks and/or bike lanes on 90% of it).
So it took me longer then expected to get ready this morning but i was on my way at about 7:00. I wanted to be to work before 7:30 but i was already running late. I had to cross 3 major intersections which cause me to have to stop and wait for crosswalk signs. A major hill at 2.5 miles really killed me. But now i am thinking about all the downhill stuff that i am going to have to ride back up... sheesh.
Got to work at 7:30... I felt great when i knew i was only a block away.
Storing my bike in my office (99 Specialized Enduro Expert w/ new Armadillo nimbus tires.. thanks for whoever suggested thoses)
I brought a change of clothes, baby wipe, doderant and body spray. The baby wipe was a fantastic idea (we dont have showers)
I think its important to cool down before you change so you dont stink up your new clothes.
I feal better and more awake then i have in a long time. I hope i can keep it up.
A little history on me. 3 years ago i broke my leg (lengthwise, spiral break) and my ankle in two places. Playing softball of all things, sliding home. I was out. I also had just received a promotion (i worked for the state government) Two things screwed me due to this promotion.
1. Since I was consided new in that position (i had worked there for 3 years, only my title changed and the amount of money i made) they considered that i was on the standard 90 probation period. so one week after i broke my leg (i was at work with full cast, highly medicated and a 6 inch plate and 12 screws in my leg and ankle) they said that i was not working out for that position.
2. This one still urks me... Due to the promotion i was able to finally get better insurance. but due to slow processing by the state it was not active till 3 days after my accident. So I had to pay for all medical bills out of my own pocket (i would still have rather had that new sports car). If you do not have insurance, do not kid yourself on how much things might cost. I think in total it was about $40,000 and i will still be paying it off many years from now.
So i still walk with a cane and have only ridden this bike once (last week to test it out) since i broke my leg/ankle.
Thanks you everyone on this board for getting me back in the saddle.
Wow, congratulations on your ride in today! That is awesome. Sorry to hear of all your troubles over the past 3 years, that really really stinks. Keep up the good work on your commute, it'll do really good for you.
Congrats on the commute and coming up with a a good solution to the road problems. Keep it up! It's nice to have something you do have control over (the commute) as opposed to something it sounds like you don't have any control over (the last 3 yrs).