I fizzled out on my 30-day Shred challenge, motivated by Well Heeled Blog. I think I just got bored of the same video; I know my husband was tired of hearing the music over and over again. However, this month I’ve set a goal that I’m pretty sure I can complete: bike to work 2 times a week, totaling 24 miles. Before December, I was very dedicated to riding my bike. But then, the cold, wet weather set in and the slightest cool breeze or dark cloud gave me reason NOT to ride.
Now, with the clear skies and warm temps becoming the norm, I have no good excuse not to ride at least twice a week. Riding on the days I go to school is even more motivating: I don’t have to pay a parking fee! And it’s much easier riding directly to the door, rather than hiking a mile from the parking lot lugging my books on my shoulder. Some benefits I hope to see during this two month challenge:
- No more tummy bulge. I used to have a six pack. However, after a few too many six packs, that area has become slightly jiggly. My husband is kind enough to say he likes my stomach more now than the earlier version, but I think he’d prefer our stomachs to match :).
- Stronger legs. Compared to my wimpy upper body, my legs are superior. I recently helped unload a very heavy fountain basin and used my legs to do all the work (i.e. push it out of the back of our car). Since I have little hope of ever achieving super-woman arms, my legs will have to take their place. So,the stronger,the better.
- Limit the wear and tear on our single vehicle. Last week, we replaced our rear brakes. Luckily, we’re very diligent about car repairs, so only the pads needed replacing. My bike riding will limit the car being used, decreasing the span of time needed for our next set of repairs.
- My husband won’t feel stranded. As a single car family, when I have the car, my husband feels a little stranded. Since he works at home, he rarely needs to go anywhere on the spur of the moment. However, that doesn’t mean I need to hog the car all week.
- Save gas. Biking riding is one of the most efficient modes of transportation. I’ve noticed that gas prices are beginning to climb a little. Biking means I won’t have to fill up as frequently.
I’m clearing out my cycle meter tomorrow and will update my progress on my right side bar. Beware, drivers!
Do you use alternative transportation to get to and from work? Do you ride your bike to work or school?