Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Commute +

We didn't commute to work nearly as much as we should have last year, and we're intent on improving things this year. I've set myself a wee goal of 2011 miles in 2011 (shamelessly stolen from Mary), and given that I did around 1500 in 2010, I'll need to do as much extra bike mileage as I can without ruining myself!

An extended commute is a perfect way for us to combine working out with being green, saving dosh, and saving time. It's between 27 and 30 km each way, depending on the route, and it's a great course for a bit of a blat (wide, smooth, fast roads), so it's not just an excuse for a cruise- actually, it's great training for time trialling! Because it takes us about half an hour to drive in anyway, we get an hour of training for only half an hour of getting ready time. Awesome. There's seriously no better way to start the day! I mean it- it's better than brunch.

Today's two-way commute was particularly awesome. It started with a pb journey in, covered 70km in total, featuring some neat city intervals [i.e. having to mission up hills to get out of the way, and rushing to avoid missing the lights], and ended with quiet country roads and Subway for tea.

4 comments:

Westy said...

Commuting is awesome!
Riding is riding (as long as you putting a bit of effort in) and the more you do the better... an hours commute is an hours training... but at no extra cost of time etc :-)

Casie said...

I love my commute. Fresh air, Vitamin D, no road rage. It's all good. Enjoy!

Vaala ◪ said...

I'd like to commute more but I'm terrified of riding on Ponsonby Road. I've seen pedestrians so close to being hit and cars seemingly deliberately cut off not just cyclists but anything on 2 wheels (scooters, motorbikes etc). Maybe I need to get up an hour earlier and walk to work (I wish...would actually be quite nice sometimes).

Kate said...

@Vaala: Ponsonby Rd isn't toooo bad earlier in the morning...You could get up early and ride! :) Then again- traffic in Auckland doesn't die down until about midnight...