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New Job: Torn by the new Commute!

Old 11-16-05, 02:25 PM
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New Job: Torn by the new Commute!

I've been commuting to my job since early may. Until the spat of bad weather related to the tail ends of various hurricane's it had been an every day affair. The ride is 12 miles one way (24 round trip) and I had piled up almost 3000 miles. At first, the distince was daunting, but now I enjoy it. Sure, there are times when I want to be home a lot quicker after work and the longer commute makes winter riding more difficult, but for the most part I enjoyed the commute. And the miles - boy did I like piling those up. Miles are the currency of bike riders, afterall.

Over the course of the past year, I've grown tired of my job. I have been looking for a new one in the last few months and recently signed on for a job at a great company with great pay. And it's only a mile and a half away, to boot! Oh wait - it's only a mile and a half?

You see my dilema? I'm going from 120+ miles per week on the commute to 15. The advantage is faster travel time, a greater ability to commute year round, and, of course, a better job. But I'll need to make time to ride now, whereas I got it all in on my commute before. Extended morning rides are probably out of the question because the new job doesn't have a shower facility.

I'll have to go for after work rides come spring time and will really have to pack on the weekend miles if I want to keep pace with this years mileage. I had been aiming for a 4250 mile year next year, but I think I'll have to just hope I can get to 3000 once again. I'm confident I'll make time for my mileage because I really love to ride, but I cant help but feel a little disappointment in my short commute.

Just wanted to share...
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Old 11-16-05, 02:31 PM
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Congrats on the new job.

To keep your mileage up, you could take the "long way" to work and home or throw in a few side trips during the day.
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Old 11-16-05, 02:37 PM
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I hear you. I'm changing jobs too, and my commute is going to drop from an already thin 5.5 mi to something in the neighborhood of 4. That's hardly worth getting out of bed for.
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Old 11-16-05, 02:46 PM
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I hear you too. I went from ~17-18 miles RT to zero... (you figure it out) At least I can ride the road bike during the day now!
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Old 11-16-05, 02:51 PM
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Just a thought: What about an early morning spin, followed by a shower and change at home, followed by a leisurely commute in work clothes? Heck, if you have a dedicated commute bike that just wouldn't cut it for non-utility rides, you might even be able to justify buying a new bike!
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Old 11-16-05, 04:58 PM
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I vote for the 30 minute long route to work.

Keep your commute long as needed, and have make up days for the days you dont ride.

Mileage is the currency of the cyclist .... I like that A LOT!!!
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Old 11-16-05, 05:02 PM
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I jus went through a very similar experience, just moved from 5 mile away from work to 0.9 miles from work. The short commute is great for being nice and casual (I feel like a kid riding to school again) but I do miss the miles.
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Old 11-16-05, 05:08 PM
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If you enjoy riding during the evening commute time, then I would recommend using the evening ride for real exercise (add some miles in a loop) and using the morning ride just to wake up. If you shower before your AM ride, and ride easy, you shouldn't need a shower when you arrive at work.

jnbacon's advice is also excellent. Riding hard in the AM before your commute will ensure that you'll have the bike ready for your commute. After you get that out of your system and take your AM shower, a slow ride into work will feel good.

I find that my local traffic is more friendly in the early AM than PM. But ymmv.
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totally relate. i seem to be looking at the same kind of thing, although for me it's still kind of theoretical right now.

depending on where the new job is, you might still be able to get your extra miles in the mornings by showering somewhere like a ymca or health club? if the morning rides are the ones you like best, it's a shame to lose them. i know that for me, longer evening rides probably wouldn't happen even if i made a plan to - too much other stuff to get home to. so that's one angle i'll probably be looking at if i end up in your shoes.

the other alternative i've been thinking of is to go for evenings after all. this may depend what kind of person you are, but in my case . . . the big appeal and satisfaction of a commute for me is that it has a destination and it accomplishes something that i'd have to be doing in my life anyway. just racking up miles for their own sake wouldn't work for me, personally. so when i think of working somewhere much closer to home, one of the things i start thinking about is post-work detours that would take me through some of my errand areas. basically, making groceries my destination instead of work.
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Originally Posted by tokolosh
the other alternative i've been thinking of is to go for evenings after all. this may depend what kind of person you are, but in my case . . . the big appeal and satisfaction of a commute for me is that it has a destination and it accomplishes something that i'd have to be doing in my life anyway. just racking up miles for their own sake wouldn't work for me, personally. so when i think of working somewhere much closer to home, one of the things i start thinking about is post-work detours that would take me through some of my errand areas. basically, making groceries my destination instead of work.
That's me exactly. I like the grocery idea, especially since we've been meaning to cook more.
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