One of the challenges of being able to stay fit, and do endurance rides is being able to get out there. I didn’t have this challenge before, because I typically was able to have my weekends free to ride. However, lately, that has changed. My weekends have been occupied by either a weekend on call, a weekend visiting dad, or a weekend free to myself, biking. This rotation is a 3 week period, so as you can see, my weekend to bike is once every 3 weeks. That is tough to keep fit, especially if I do all these double centuries.
This means having to squeeze in whatever I can during the week. I would have to really prepare myself on how I commute into work. You may ask, in what way? Well, consider this schedule:
Monday: Commute in with my normal commuting bike (with panniers, maybe carrying my laptop with me)
Tuesday: This is the day I usually have my mid-week ride, with the Meetup group. I usually bring my Volagi, and stash my change of clothes in my backpack. When I take off for my Meetup ride, I leave my change of clothes in the office
Wednesday: Ride my Volagi into work, wearing a T-shirt as a base layer (this is Silicon Valley, and as a tech, a T-shirt is my normal work attire). On my ride home, I take my change of clothes with me, in my backpack.
Thursday and Friday: Take my commuting bike into work. Friday, I put the laptop in my panniers.
This sure is a lot of prep work to get in extra miles during the week, but it is necessary. Even then, the amount of miles I’m able to get in is not that spectacular. Yesterday, I was able to accumulate 40 miles (10 in the morning, 30 on my evening ride).
Now that it is getting darker earlier (by 6:40 pm), I also have to be well equipped with blinding light display. It is pretty cool, to get out there, enjoying the night scenery, while everyone else is stressing on getting through rush hour traffic to get home … Me? My struggles are to lug myself up that big hill, so that I can get these great views.