May is National Bike Month and this week is actually BIKE WEEK- which made me feel a little guilty that ‘Sea Breeze’ has been cooped up inside my tiny apartment all year month.
So when I arrived home on my lunch break yesterday and inspected the more than PERFECT weather I realized that Sea Breeze and I would have our first official ride of the season to celebrate bike month/week.
Now, this is the first time I have introduced Sea Breeze on the blogo. I don’t consider myself a cyclist, more like a Cruiser. Yes, like my Cruiser bike I too am a cruiser by nature.
I am skiiiird to ride on the roads and don’t like to go fast. (Lucky there is the lovely green belt path for most of my commute). I just jump on the bike and go for a leisurely ride.
Well yesterday, I decided to turn on garmina and actually track how long it would take me to ride back to work. Why drive when I can cruise?
The timer was a ticking and I clocked in at 18:05 and 2.21 miles.
I realized that I am making this trip at least 2 times a day (I usually go home for lunch). That is bad for the earth & bad for my wallet. Yeah 8 miles is 8 miles – but seriously, think of the positive impact that could be made just by cutting out a few trips in the car.
I calculated if I rode my bike to work 7 times a week (so including some rides back and forth to the house for lunch and counting each ride to work as a trip) and cruisin’ instead of driving to the gym I could save up to $40.00 per month on gas. WHAT??? Right now I only spend roughly $60.00/month in gas. That is like cutting my gas bill more than half.
Duh! Why am not riding my bike everyday?
Well I am going to challenge myself to ride my bike to and from work at least 3 times a week for the rest of the month.
I would also like to challenge each and every one of you to try a new mode of transportation this week.
There are so many ways to live greener. Try walking, taking the bus, biking, or even carpooling to work.
Let me know if you are able to change your commute some how this week. And definitely check out that website and see how much $$$$ you can save by biking. Bike month is only half over, you still have time to join in the fun and bike it up!
After work I biked on over to meet up with the lovely ladies of the Will Run For Wine running group.
Once I began running with the ladies I realized I was doing my first ever BRICK workout.
And boy did I feel it, my legs were like bricks as we trodded along for 3.5 miles. Not to mention the heat was beating down on us. It was a tough run.
But afterwards I was glad I did it and joyfully jumped back on Sea Breeze for a lovely ride home.
Check back here tomorrow where I will have some awesome tips on how to commute successfully to work – cruiser style!