Happy Hump Day!
I’m pretty sure the excitement of bike week/month got to me because after work last night I hit up the gym for a quickie workout before The Biggest Loser and instead of jumping on the elliptical as planned I went straight for the bike.
I pretended I was in spinning class, zoned out to my tunes and busted out 5.50 miles at a level eight in 20 minutes.
From the comments I received from my last post, many of you have quite the commute to work and do not have the option to ride a bike to work. And that is understandable.
My challenge was for you try a new mode of transportation at least once this week – whether that be to walk to the store, bike to the gym, etc… This does not have to pertain solely to your commute to work.
See if you can’t find a new way to get around and if you can include your bike you get bonus points! I realize that I am pretty lucky to live only a few miles from my work and I should be taking FULL advantage of it whenever possible.
Speaking of my bike commute, I thought I would share a few tips that helped make my bike to work experiment more succesful
- Waking up earlier and leaving for work earlier if your bike commute takes longer than your drive
- Test out your bike route on the weekend so you know exactly how long it takes and which way to go
- Pack your work clothes the night before
I suggest laying it all out to make sure you don’t forget anything.
- Body Spray
- Work Shoes
Having a backpack helps with the transportation process, I currently only use my HUGE basket. But when I start bringing my lunch I will definitely need a backpack to carry all my stuff.
I usually workout after work, so wearing my gym clothes as I ride to work is killing two birds – I don’t have to pack extra extra gym clothes and if I get sweaty on the ride to work I have fresh work clothes to change into
Another tip is to leave some stuff at work at the night before. So if you know that tomorrow you are going to ride to work, bring extra snacks, extra change of clothes in your car today and leave them for the next day. (It will be less that you have to struggle with on a bike).
Also – do not forget your car keys, wallet and cellphone (but ditch the purse itself it takes up too much room). I almost locked myself out of my apartment on monday because I knew I wasn’t driving so why do I need my keys. DON’T FORGET YOUR KEYS!! 🙂
I do not have a locker room or shower at my work …..
- Wait until you get to work to apply your make-up to avoid streaks or sweat messing it up
- Bring baby wipes and/or a small gym towel
- Body spray & deodorant are lovely even after a short ride
Also, I tried to wear my hair in a messy bun, so it was out of my face while I rode, but still looked presentable when I got to work.
Always check the weather the night before – for someone like me who does not have fenders on their bike a ride in the rain would be miserable. But if you are super hardcore, then you would just need to prep some waterproof riding clothes the night before.
I found that my ride to work on monday was not a hassle at all. It took a little extra time to switch outfits and freshen up, but it was exhilarating to have gotten in that extra little work out.
I hope those tips were helpful – let me know if I missed any that you can think of.
P.S – Biggest Loser Marathon anyone?
I always get so confused when they challenge them to run a marathon when you never really see them running on the show. I know they can’t show all their workouts on the show, but still. I do have to say though, that all the contestants did a great job. And I may or may not have cried a little. The marathon show always gets me. It just instills in me that if these people can become athletes in 5 months and complete a marathon, my year of running and summer of training will get me through too.
Did I mention that I officially start marathon training in less than 4 days? 🙂 YIPPPPEEEEE!