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Old 02-04-15, 05:46 PM
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Teleworking Kills Commuting

The past four years I've been teleworking Mondays and Fridays and going in on a bicycle the other three days. Sometime in the future I plan on teleworking full time. I'm also a runner and work out with weights and what not so exercise is not a problem. My concern is when will I fit in cycling and what will it look like. Anyone dwindle down there commuting like this and if so what did you do for cycling time?
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Old 02-04-15, 06:10 PM
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Not communing frees up tons of travel time. That time that was spent communing can be used for cycling.

However.. Working at home eats up more than cycling time. Most people use working for the bulk of their socializing as well. You might be able to get away without exercising for long periods of time. But contact with people is absolutely needed.
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Old 02-05-15, 07:29 AM
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On telecommuting days, get up in the morning, ride halfway to work then back home. Repeat in the afternoon.
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I've been working from home full time for thirteen years. I get my rides in at the time that I would have been commuting to work. I typically leave the house fifteen minutes before sunrise. On mornings like this morning when it is raining I go at lunch time or late in the day.
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Old 02-05-15, 11:34 AM
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I work for myself, and it used to be out of the house. The transition to doing that was difficult for me after having had a bike commute my whole life, not to mention being by myself in the house all day. So I started going to coffee shops to do any of my computer work, just to give myself somewhere to go. It doesn't have to be the closest coffee shop.
I've since moved my business out of the house and now I rent a studio that's only 3 mi from home, which is the shortest commute I've ever had. On the one hand I do appreciate that less of my day is spent wading through traffic - my old job was 7.5 mi away, which contained no less than 42 traffic lights and consequently took 45 minutes each way, or more if the traffic was bad. But on the other hand, I really do notice the reduction in mileage. So I've bee trying to get myself to walk sometimes.
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Originally Posted by takenreasy View Post
The past four years I've been teleworking Mondays and Fridays and going in on a bicycle the other three days. Sometime in the future I plan on teleworking full time. I'm also a runner and work out with weights and what not so exercise is not a problem. My concern is when will I fit in cycling and what will it look like. Anyone dwindle down there commuting like this and if so what did you do for cycling time?

The good part of working from home is that you can go out for a ride on lunch breaks.

My job is pretty flexible too, so I go out for 2 hours on lunch and work the extra hour at night. This is also very beneficial during wintertime, since you no longer have to ride in the dark or during rush hour.
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This is also very beneficial during wintertime, since you no longer have to ride in the dark or during rush hour.
That's what I'm thinking.

By the end of June, I'm going to transition from a bike commuting to an office 5 days a week, to working from home 5 days week. I've had a lot of thoughts on my biking after I set up at the home office. I plan to ride daily, keeping up my daily mileage (~20 miles per day) by riding to coffee shops to work on projects, or riding to lunch destinations, and just go for a ride. I plan to use Strava/VeloViewer to motivate me to find new routes, I've been locked in on just a few commuting routes for years, variety will be fun!
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When I worked from home I would do a lunch ride and join a group ride on Saturday mornings. In the summer a ride before work can be nice. I would go where traffic was not.
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When I worked from home I would do a lunch ride and join a group ride on Saturday mornings. In the summer a ride before work can be nice. I would go where traffic was not.
This is pretty much what I do; I fit some riding around meetings/con calls/whatever.
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This is some really good input. I especially like the notion of no more darkness during winter and adding variety. I only go one of two routes depending on time of year and how I feel. Riding home during November-January gets me a little down because of the darkness. I think it's just the tunnel vision though and not some form of SAD.
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I ride a lot more when I can work from home. I can plan my ride, and use lunchtime to get a good center cut tenderloin of the day. I can eat at my desk when i return.

I absolutely detest coming in to an office. My job is purely SSH and RDP remote access and e-mail, so my lard does not need to be in a cubicle, except to satisfy some pinhead manager's insecurities and outdated 1920s notions of productivity.

Being able to pop on my rollers for 40 focused minutes on a rainy or snowy day would absolutely improve my productivity, morale and health. Commuting by bike with the homicidal road warrior asshats is not good riding, in my book.
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except to satisfy some pinhead manager's insecurities and outdated 1920s notions of productivity.
Luckily these types of DAs are becoming out numbered.
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Luckily these types of DAs are becoming out numbered.
I sure wish that someone would inform hiring managers in the IT industry. For a field which builds and enables the technologies to provide encrypted network tunnels and audited tools, they definitely subscribe to antiquated ideas about physical and virtual worker productivity.
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I sure wish that someone would inform hiring managers in the IT industry. For a field which builds and enables the technologies to provide encrypted network tunnels and audited tools, they definitely subscribe to antiquated ideas about physical and virtual worker productivity.
Unfortunately the long road to smooth teleworking has been littered with these types of neanderthal obstructionists. Even in recent times there are morons like Marissa Mayer who use telework as a weapon to whip new blood into shape. Luckily companies like AT&T have been at teleworking a long time. They have dealt with all of the nay sayers and have proven through performance gain that there is no looking back. Telework is and will always be a necessity.
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I telework. I start my day at 4 am so by "lunch time" I've got a full day in. I'm on the bicycle, often for the rest of the day.
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You....do what most people do and schedule your exercise?

When my commute was shortened by 5 miles, I started tacking on a couple extra miles and rerouted slightly to allow more quality in the rides.
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