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Old 06-30-11, 03:33 PM   #1
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I made it!

A few weeks ago I made a post about riding to see my friends almost the distance of my commute (13 miles to where I was going). I've done that a few more times, and set everything up so today I could make the 2 extra miles and see how the 15 mile commute felt. I left around 6 and, with a longer than normal break (I forgot deodorant, had to stop and get some), I got to work at 7:20. 40 minutes to cool down, which was great.

On the way there it was great. Since it was so early it was nice and cool (around 65), and I left early so I could take it at a relaxed pace. Riding in I was barely sweating, which for me is quite the feat (I break into a sweat just sitting around). The way home was a bit hotter (85) and I went through both my water bottles by the end of it. On the last mile or so (which thankfully is a quiet road with a large shoulder that I ride on) I could feel myself getting exhausted. Got in, showered, and here I am 30 miles more under my belt (and saving about 7 dollars in gas!)

Unfortunately I can't do it every day or believe me I would. But I'm gonna try for twice a week over the summer. It's really the ride in I was worried about because I don't care what condition I'm in getting home in the afternoon, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Old 06-30-11, 05:55 PM   #2
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Nicely done, glad you enjoyed it. Just keep on keepin on.
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Old 06-30-11, 06:43 PM   #3
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Good job! My commute is only around 6 miles one way that i do every day but the ride to visit my parents is 15 miles. I do that atleast once a week now but was very hesitant about it at first. It is now something I look forward to on my day off.
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Old 06-30-11, 07:22 PM   #4
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Congrats man !
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Excellent work, good job!!!
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Awesome great job.
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Old 06-30-11, 09:15 PM   #7
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Good for you. I have been walking to work since I work about 0.9 mile from work, and think that it is too close to take a bike. There is also no good place to put the bike when I get to work. I don't want to lock it up outside.
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Old 07-01-11, 07:01 AM   #8
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Clap, clap, clap, clap! Keep it up!

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I'm betting you won't last the summer doing it only twice a week! Good on you!! You have the same commute distance as I and I sometimes get up early and make it a 30 mile ride in with a different route. It's addictive! Again, GOOD JOB!!
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Way to go. Keep it up and stay safe!
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