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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Scheduling Fluke" Bonus Ride

Well, it was less a fluke and more a decision to simply leave work early so I could shoe horn another ride in. And a shoe-horned ride it was! Working in Boston means a minimum of 2 hours a day is consumed by commuting. Today I took the 1:50 PM train which got me back to Attleboro at 2:50 and to the house at 3:10. Plenty of time for a ride except because I'm home and my son has a late afternoon appt. that my wife will bring him to, we agree that I need to pick my daughter up at her school by 4:30. At least 4:30 is the target. We just don't want her being the last child picked-up on the day before the holiday. So I'm out on the bike by 3:25 (15 min. prep time not too bad IMO with all the winter gear on) and back home at 4:10...45 minutes of riding on a 12 mile loop. By the time I'm showered and out the door again it's 4:35 and I arrive at the school at 4:45...15 minutes late. The good news is there are at least 15 children still there including a couple of her no sad face when I show up. Sadly, this is a typical scenario for me for getting a short weekday ride in at this time of year. Truthfully, in the past I didn't have the motivation to make in happen...rather, it was all too easy to just decide there was no time for a "decent" ride. So far the fixie and the blog reading/writing has changed that dynamic. But how long will it last? I don't know the answer to that question but whatever it is it will be documented on this blog. Stay tuned.

I have a scheduled ride tomorrow morning, but my track record for following through on rides before family holiday events is best. We'll see how it goes.

Ride Stats

Bike: Fixie
Distance: 11.9 miles
Time: about 45 minutes*
Average Speed: approx. 16.0 mph (that's more like it!)
Next scheduled ride: Thur 11/27 - Thanksgiving morning (got to earn the 2nd helping!) Temperature at start: 42 deg F
Temperature at end: didn't notice, but never got cold on this ride

*Note: a don't intend on tracking time accurately on my fixie (i.e., no cyclometer wanted!!)

1 comment:

sarah said...

You may not ride the same amount all the time, but the blog is good for tracking riding over time. And, if you have slump like I did this year, you can look back at your past rides, see what fun you were having on those and feel motivated to get back into it! You are doing well to fit rides into your busy schedule! I think even a short ride is very beneficial. You can take it easy on some and treat others like a time trial. Happy Thanksgiving!!