New Commuter Advice
Just started riding to work a few weeks ago, sporadically at first. 17 mile round trip, mostly on trails. Terrain is paved at the start and end with a big chunk of dirt/gravel in the middle. It's almost all flat, but I get a lot of headwind going home. I'm riding a new hybrid.
For now, the demands on my time and routine are such that I can only do this 3x a week, and those days are fixed at Tue/Wed/Thurs. I don't have to ride on those days, but I really can't make riding consistently work any other days.
My goals are:
1) To get my commute time down in the short term, to help foreclose on the possibility that I get into a spot where I get too squeezed for time to keep going consistently.
2) To get into a place where I can ride reasonably fast, 5 days a week. I'm expecting my morning routine to get more flexible on Mon/Fri, but not for a few months.
This is my first week trying commuting three days in a row like this, and this morning I was definitely feeling a much lower output. Took a long time to warm up, and even then I felt like I had to keep it one-two gears easier throughout the ride. Any advice on how I should be riding, within the constrains above? Should I be skipping one of my days for now? Should I be taking it easy all three days, or varying my effort throughout them?
Thanks in advance!