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By marvin (Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 04:43:03 PM EST) bike (all tags)
First bicycle commute of the year. Still a few patches of snow on the front lawn, but the roads are all bare and dry with sand on the shoulders. Didn't get killed by cagers. Yet.

Distance (inbound): 24km
Time: 70 minutes
Net Elevation Change: 235m drop

Distance (homebound, return to bus): 5.5km
Time: 15 minutes
Net Elevation Change: 60m drop

Distance (homebound, from Webber bus stop): 1.5km
Time: 10(?) minutes
Net Elevation Change: 70m climb

Overall, I'm in considerably less pain than expected, especially since I didn't bicycle commute at all last year, and gained 20-30 pounds as a consequence. I shall avoid wooden chairs for the next day, though. Perhaps will ride again on Friday if I recover, driving to a conference tomorrow.

On a road bike, with a higher level of physical fitness, the inbound ride took me <60 minutes. All things considered (particularly my waistline), 70 minutes is a respectable time.


  • work up to 2-3 bicycle commutes a week by end of March
  • aim towards riding the entire distance home for first time this year by early April
  • lose most of the spare tire by July
  • increase chocolate consumption by July
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Us cagers have a word for you too by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 03:06:26 AM EST
"10 points".

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
Awww by marvin (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 04:33:34 AM EST
And here I thought I was worth more than that to you. At least 15, maybe 20 points.

You've shattered by self-confidence now, you big meanie.

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Knee length Spandex unitard and fixed gear. by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 04:42:35 AM EST
That's your 20 point score.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
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Damn by marvin (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 04:56:32 AM EST
Converted my fixie back into a geared bike in 2006. And I'd look teh ghey in spandex. Actually, more teh bulge, at the moment. Eeewww.

Can I at least have some honorary points for saving your eyes from the sight of me in spandex?

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