Rode my bike to work this morning, even though it was cold and dark when I woke up. It’s going to be about 50* F today so the ride home will be excellent. But it’s still hard to want to wake up at 5:30am to hit the road by 6:30am.


I’m just not a morning person.


+5 points for Gryffindor: I wore my winter cycling shoes, thermal liners, and thermal insoles. Toes were chilly but definitely not cold or worse, frozen. Conversation was great. Re-acclimating to Lady Rainicorn was smooth. SPD pedals made me very happy (no more toe clips here!).


-100 points: forgot my lock.




(at least I didn’t forget my pants. or underwear. That would be awkward.)


Fortunately my commuter friend keeps a lock on the rack at his office, which is across the street from my office. And the day is saved.


Author: Laura

wife. mother. kick-ass girl. all mountain, all road adventurer by bike.

14 thoughts on “Surprise!”

  1. I like commuting to and from work by bike. It’s refreshing, lets me go for a lunchtime ride to de-stress, and, paradoxically, saves me time. It takes twice as long to get to work, but about the same amount of time to get home, compared to driving; mostly uphill going to work, and there’s bad traffic in the evenings. But I feel compelled to get some exercise, and if I don’t commute by bike (it isn’t always practical in Seattle), I need to go for an evening ride, or to the gym. On the other hand, if I’ve commuted, when I get home the rest of the evening is mine, to do with as I please.

    1. I love bike commuting! Clears my mind for the day, get a little exercise in, and it’s built-in time with friends. My commute is 15-16miles each way – downhill to work, uphill home – so it triples my train commute time (and decreases how much time I have for the 8 million other things I do). I’ve found it to be totally worth it though and try to get out as much as possible.


      1. That’s a really good distance, not too far, yet far enough. Hopefully on nice quality roads too.

        I’m missing my long commute, but I tend to go a bit extra on the way home finding little hills to tire me out.

      2. It’s great – but sometimes I wish I was less than 10 miles by bike because then I wouldn’t need to get up so early. 🙂

        Thanks for commenting!

      3. You must start really early?

        When I did commute 22 miles it was a 9AM start, which actually meant getting up later than you do 🙂

        10 miles is the perfect distance, far enough to be worth bothering with, but not too tiring. Mine is 4 miles at the moment, barely worth bothering, yet too far to go in my work clothing, which is frustrating.

  2. I have done the forgetting the lock thing on too many occasions. You get all the way there and bam, no lock! I’ve been lucky on those occasions, there is a good hiding spot for my bike where I work 🙂

    Up by 5:30 and out by 6:30 is a killer, way to go on that!

    1. What I need to do is buy a second U-lock/cable combo and keep it on the rack at work. That will reduce my backpack weight by (however many pounds my lock weighs).

      Lady Rainicorn doesn’t currently have a rack for panniers yet – she doesn’t have rack eyelets on the rear triangle. But I’m taking her to the local shop that specializes in tinkering and older bikes – hoping they have a way to rig her up safely! 🙂

  3. I LOVE that you are giving yourself + points and – points for things…I believe I do have to start that for myself. Woooo woooo, I can add to my spreadsheet yet another column. (Damn I am too feckin geeky!)

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