1 Year Milestone
1 Year ago today I got on an old POS MTB and nearly died of exhaustion riding to work for the first time. It took me about 50 minutes to do the 9 miles ride and I felt such a sense of accomplishment, as well as a pain in my b..tt, when I got back home.
A year later the pain is long gone, but the pride is still there! It now takes me an average of 30 minutes to get to work, I have biked 3500 miles (2500 commuting miles), completed this trip 138 times saving approximately 100 gallons of fuel and $1000 in tolls...
I took up cycling as a way to get in shape and lost over 40 Lbs. I completed my first century last month and am now raising money for MS by riding my next century on October 17th.
This forum has helped me tremendously in getting started, finding the right bike for me, and keeping me motivated during the long cold winter.
I will keep going as long as I get this feeling when I cross the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of a storm, or when I race down Broadway in the lights of Time Square, or yet again when I see the smiles of my fellow riders amidst the chaos of lower Manhattan traffic... This feeling that I shouldn't be here on a bike, yet, that this is where I belong.
If someone had told me a year ago that I would be doing this, I would never have believed them. Neither would my friends or family, yet here I am... ready for year two!
Please support me as I fight MS in the 2004 NYC MS Bike Tour.
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Very cool! Your comments raised a bit of my own nostalgia. I too can still vividly remember those first commutes -- how they seemed so difficult and took so long. It makes for a nice comparison when something like this thread invokes those memories and I can see the progression of my daily commuting over several years -- how much quicker, stronger and persistent I've become.