So tonight I told my wife about wanting to commute to work and getting everything set up so I could. She basically told me she does not want me to do that because she will worry about me.
I honestly don't understand her reason behind that thought. I had a motorcycle and sold it to get my mountain bike. I even told her that I am not wanting to stop motorcycling, but I choose cycling over motorcycles. She was thrilled, all excited that "she won't have to worry about me anymore". She was constantly worried about my making it to my destination safely when I had the motorcycle.
Now I said I was wanting to commute, she played the worried card again. She even mentioned rush hour traffic and how dangerous it is. I simply stated that since I work night shift, I will be going against the bulk of the traffic, so it shouldn't be a problem.
In the end she just got quiet, not wanting to talk.
My question to you is, what would be a good way to get her in my corner? I can't play the money card because I know she would say "I'd rather spend extra money knowing you get there safe". When, in all honesty, I am just as likely to get killed in a car as I am on a bike. I also know that when I leave work, I am exhausted half the time. I've had to slap myself in the face on occasion to keep awake. On a bike, you get your blood flowing and you are wide awake for the ride home. Also I am more alert and observant in general on a bicycle than in a car.
Any ideas? I just don't want her to shut down on me, I want her to support the decision. I mean I like riding so much I want to do it on the way to work, I don't see that as a bad thing. Plus if traffic gets bad, I have plenty of sidewalks/shoulders I can get on to get out of the main flow.