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Old 05-05-23, 10:01 AM
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Major change to the commute.

After moving closer to the office, I was hoping to be able to ride to work more often. (I went from 5 miles from the office to just over 1.5 miles). I was already riding the old commute when weather and schedule permitted but I was laid off from that job and found a new gig working from home full time. Now my 'commute' is my lunchtime workout. When the kids are done with school this month, I plan on getting my rides in before work. At least I no longer have to lug my computer around when I ride.
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Old 05-05-23, 01:09 PM
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After 28 years of a 9 mile (each way) commute my job ended and I worked for myself from home for 18 months. Knowing myself, I knew it would be difficult to motivate myself to ride "nowhere" every day. Plus, unlike commuting, I could cut the ride short and head back at any time. I knew this would be a problem based on how I used the treadmill at home in the winter before getting studded snow tires...I could just stop at any time without immediate consequences.

I solved my motivation problem by buying a project bike (a 20-inch folder). That got me interested in riding it as I modified it. And then I found that in the winter I could ride during the warmer early afternoons, rather than the dark, frigid mornings (and evenings).

The biggest challenge for me was the mornings I would wake up to client emails and projects. I tend to jump on them right away, and if I wasn't careful I missed lunch and riding.

FInally, I found a new office job, only 6 miles from the house, and with a few less route options for variety.

I miss the infinite route options for variety available when riding out and back from a home office, but I appreciate how having to be somewhere is my main motivation for riding. (Your mileage and motivation may vary).
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@BobbyG, six miles isn't bad; I'll bet you could find ways to make it longer a few days per week.
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Yes, working from home is unhealthy, even in a factory it's not so bad
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