This morning for the first time in weeks we had blue skies and sunshine (2 hours later skies are gray and rain is on the way. See location.). So I was feeling pretty mellow and decided to just relax and enjoy the commute this morning. So I downshifted and took it easy up my hills and downshifted in the wind. This didn't affect speed too much but was much easier on my legs. After my short 4 miles I could have done it all over again... and again.
See, usually I try to keep it in high gear and hammer it to work to really work up a sweat. But this got me to thinking about you guys with long commutes. Do you play over the gears a lot more to conserve your energy spend?