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Old 10-22-12, 02:35 AM
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First Actuall Commute and I Flunked Out

The good news is that I got a job!!!! Five and a half months off. I've leave the truck in the driveway and ride the bike to the stores and the Post Office with my eBay sales. The PO is quite a climb from my house. When I don't have do go anywhere special, I ride down to "town" then back up. That gets some, although not a lot of riding every day. There are NO flat roads around here.

The ride to work is only 4.5 miles and mostly down hill. Great, I wouldn't get to work tired. The going part worked fine. It was the hills on the way home that knocked me out.

I got up at 0400 to get to work at 0530 the first day for a 0600 shift. Then discovered I wasn't scheduled to start at 0600 but at 1800!!!! But, I had driven the truck for the first day so gettin' home was nothing, except I had slept all night and was ready to go. I managed to get about 2 1/2 hours sleep.

I hadn't done a bit of work in almost 6 months and this new warehouse job beat me up after having only a bit of sleep. I was dead tired, and sore, when the shift was over. I knew it would be a challange since it hurt just to get on the bike!! I made it two miles towards the house and had to "sissy" out. I called the wife at 0245 in the morning to come fetch my beat old butt.

I'd done the trip before starting.........I just didn't figure on getting 57 year old bones home after "working". I'm not out yet---just having to get used to working the riding. I guess it's just a matter of a higher fittness level.
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No such thing as fail. Only first try that will be improved upon until perfect.

Always nice to hear that someone got a job. Good luck!
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Sonatageek put it well; you found employment and you'll do better on the bicycle commuting.

Good job and good luck.
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You'll get "back in the saddle" soon enough. Take your time & enjoy,...you have no one to make happy but yourself!!!
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good on you. You are a lot tougher than you're giving yourself credit for. Keep it up.
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First Actuall Commute and I Flunked Out

Most at 57 wouldn't even dream of trying. You'll make it. Ride safe.
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Please don't say 57 is old. I'll be 52 in January.

Congratulations.
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Congratulations on the job, Greg!

Don't worry about the commute being difficult. It gets easier if you just keep on doing what you're doing now. Do the bike ride when you can, use the truck when you have to. If it's tough, do the half-commute by carrying the bike to work in the truck, leave the truck there and ride home. Then ride in the next morning and drive home. You'll get there.
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Originally Posted by bluegoatwoods View Post
Sonatageek put it well; you found employment and you'll do better on the bicycle commuting.

Good job and good luck.
Exactly, these are probably better problems than the ones you had before, and easier to fix too!
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Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
No such thing as fail. Only first try that will be improved upon until perfect.

Always nice to hear that someone got a job. Good luck!
I beg to differ. The second time I rode my bike to work, I endo'ed over the handlebars and bent my vintage, low miles Nishiki all to hell. It doesn't get more fail than that.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Please don't say 57 is old. I'll be 52 in January.

Congratulations.

I thought >50 was old.

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You are doing great! One only fails when one stops trying. so keep trying and before you know it, you'll be flying up those hills home!
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Keep trying I like the others think you are being too hard on yourself.
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Thanks to all.

I'm gonna give it another shot my next work week!!
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Thanks to all.

I'm gonna give it another shot my next work week!!
The fact you got on the bike puts you ahead of most people , But yes riding home after a shift is a killer some times.
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But yes riding home after a shift is a killer some times.
Yeah, I have a better ride going into work.
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I strongly prefer a 24 hour clock system. There have been a few mix ups on my job that added to stress like the one on yours. They could have been saved using a 24 hour clock.

And a night shift will take it out of you. The thing that helped me the most when I was doing them was to have light totally blocked from coming into the room during the day when I was sleeping. I would have a much better day time sleep. I was in a basement room at the time, and just had to put cardboard over a small window.
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The good news is that I got a job!!!! Five and a half months off. I've leave the truck in the driveway and ride the bike to the stores and the Post Office with my eBay sales. The PO is quite a climb from my house. When I don't have do go anywhere special, I ride down to "town" then back up. That gets some, although not a lot of riding every day. There are NO flat roads around here.

The ride to work is only 4.5 miles and mostly down hill. Great, I wouldn't get to work tired. The going part worked fine. It was the hills on the way home that knocked me out.

I got up at 0400 to get to work at 0530 the first day for a 0600 shift. Then discovered I wasn't scheduled to start at 0600 but at 1800!!!! But, I had driven the truck for the first day so gettin' home was nothing, except I had slept all night and was ready to go. I managed to get about 2 1/2 hours sleep.

I hadn't done a bit of work in almost 6 months and this new warehouse job beat me up after having only a bit of sleep. I was dead tired, and sore, when the shift was over. I knew it would be a challange since it hurt just to get on the bike!! I made it two miles towards the house and had to "sissy" out. I called the wife at 0245 in the morning to come fetch my beat old butt.

I'd done the trip before starting.........I just didn't figure on getting 57 year old bones home after "working". I'm not out yet---just having to get used to working the riding. I guess it's just a matter of a higher fittness level.
You sound like a guy I work with who is about your age.
First day was really rough for him. He took the every other day approach and within a couple of weeks he was riding every day.
For a month he had to walk the bike up one especially steep hill but soon he was riding up that too.
Best thing about it is now I'm not the only bicycle fanatic at work.
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I used to do the drive-in bike-back thing a lot. Then you get the benefit of resting longer between runs and you have it to motivate you on the way back in since you don't have your vehicle to fall back on. No shame in having to work up to it either.
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