August 8, 2013
Day 3 of riding my bike to work. I didn’t decide to ride my bike for health reasons or to get more in touch with nature, reduce my carbon footprint; I have been riding my bike so our sitter can take the girls to Nature Camp.
My children are valid reasons for sacrifice, especially when I end up learning something about myself in the process. So far I’ve learned:
- If it is raining outside in the morning I should bring a change of pants.
- Be prepared to sweat a little (or a lot) upon arrival.
- I need to lower. my. expectations. regarding my hair style. Bike helmets are not meant for beautiful hair ‘dos.
- Remember to lift my butt off the seat when going over bumps. My hooha appreciates the extra consideration.
- Riding into work is tougher than riding home because I’m going uphill most of the way and still waking up.
- My thighs are tired.
- I’m a lot more lazy than I thought. Riding my bike to work isn’t that hard or that far, but I still wish I could drive my car.
I’ll have to see if I stick with biking to work after this. I honestly see no reason I shouldn’t continue while the kids are at home. Once school starts I will be dropping them off and picking them up at daycare and before- and after-school programs. I’m not zealous enough to do all of that on a bike, though I know it is possible and in a place like Portland not considered bizarre. Still, like I said, I’m a lot more lazy than I thought.
I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned. I think they help me understand myself better, and luckily I’m not judging myself on any of these qualities. I’m just observing.