Lately I’ve been contemplating a transition to bike commuting. Distance-wise, I think it’s possible. I live about 3 miles from the clinic where I have class, and about 4-5 miles from my summer externship/doctor’s office. My issues however, are these:
- I carry a TON of stuff to school everyday
- I don’t want to ride in the dark
- On the days I have clinic, I actually have to look nice, and I travel around the city
- Traffic scares me.
As it is, I don’t think I can manage commuting to clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays because I have to carry even more things and I have to go to different Headstarts across town. However, since I don’t have to be at H.S. until 10, I could probably use my bike to commute to and from the pool for a workout. I guess at this point, school commuting on Tuesdays/Thursday is really a logistics issue. Maybe I could get a basket and hybrid tires for my mountain bike? Thoughts?
Also, here are my weekly totals:
Sunday: 1.24 miles…already reported
Monday: 20 minute trainer ride- felt good, wasn’t a push this time like it was last week but my legs were sore from the day before
Tuesday: .86 mile run- legs still stiff, the plan said .5 miles but I’m bad at judging distances. Took it slow
Wednesday: 25 minute trainer ride- I freaking love my trainer.
Thursday: 30 minute trainer ride- I decided to switch up the end of the week schedule to accommodate my budding social life
Friday: Off. My social life has officially thrown off my routine.
Saturday: Tim is coming into town and wants to run together. I can’t decide whether to make this my “long” run or not. It’ll be 1-2 miles regardless.
I’m starting a swim routine next week which will change my schedule a bit. The pool doesn’t open until 7 am making early morning swims somewhat impossible. Since Mondays and Wednesdays are my latest starting days, I’m going to make those my swim/ run or bike days. Mondays will be swim/soccer (run) days and Wednesdays I’ll swim and bike. That’ll make Tuesdays bike days, Thursdays run days, and Fridays swim/bike day. Saturday will remain an off day while I’ll keep my long runs on Sunday.
Finally, without disclosing too many specifics yet, I have a list of potential races for 2010.
February: Cow Town 5k
April: Bike Tour, Half marathon
May: Sprint Tri
June: Sprint Tri
September/October: Olympic tri
I haven’t planned anything beyond October yet. Just a couple comments: Yes I know the schedule is ambitious, no you probably can’t talk me out of the half marathon, yes I know I’ll be broke. That’s all for now!