#30 Days of Biking has now ended. I did quite well for the first 2 weeks, but the number of days that I rode dropped significantly after that. First the chart:
And on the 15th day, she gardened.
Day 16: Monday 4/16 Distance: 12 miles
Regular commute. Rainy commute, but at least my new plants got some water. ‘Cause I forgot to do that after planing them.
Day 17: Tuesday 4/17 Distance: 12 miles
Regular commute. Seattle Survival tip #2: Always bring your rain pants.
Day 18: Wednesday 4/18 Distance: 12 miles
Regular commute. Sun. Bike. Good.
Day 19: Thursday 4/19 Distance: 6 miles
Half a commute. Discovered my front tire was flat just as I was about to head home on my evening commute. Had evening events and just didn’t have time to change it, so I called for back up. As in, calling Mr. Jen and whining for a ride.
Day 20: Friday 4/20 Distance: 0 miles
Vacation day. Took the train to Portland!
Day 21: Saturday 4/21 Distance: 3.5 miles
Rented a family tandem bike from Clever Cycles and rode to a nearby park and coffee shop. It was hardly an extensive tour of Portland, but fun never the less.
Week 3 Total: 45.5 miles
Day 22: Sunday 4/22 Distance: 0 miles
Portland is exactly as bike-crazy as people say, but I was just an observer, not a participant.
Day 23: Monday 4/23 Distance: 0 miles
Had a neighborhood greenways event in an unfamiliar neighborhood after work, so I took the bus. Oh, the irony.
Day 24: Tuesday 4/24 Distance: 0 miles
Took the bus to work. Eventually fixed the flat tire, with the help of a kind co-worker. Then discovered that the back tire had a scary-looking bulge in it. By this point, I’d had enough, so I took the bus home.
Day 25: Wednesday 4/25 Distance: 12 miles
Regular commute. Took the city bike to work. Getting caught in the rain doesn’t take away from the fun of riding after so many days away.
Day 26: Thursday 4/26 Distance: 12 miles
Regular commute. City bike!
Day 27: Friday 4/27 Distance: 0 miles
Telecommuted. Good lunch time plans, but they didn’t involve my bike.
Day 28: Saturday 4/28 Distance: 5 miles
Took my son to tee ball via the Piccolo. It was a fun trip, but my shifter broke on the way home. This has just not been my month.
Day 29: Sunday 4/29 Distance: 0 miles
Errands by car, including fetching and fixing bikes.
Day 30: Monday 4/30 Distance: 12 miles
Regular commute. And the month ends with a tail wind!
Week 4 Total: 41 miles
Monthly total: 218 miles
Sometimes schedules, life and mechanical problems keep me off my bike. I miss a few days every month for one reason or another, but this was unusual to have so many issues in a two month period. In retrospect, I’m surprised, but not disappointed. When I decided to participate in 30 Days of biking, I decided to document how I use bikes for transportation & fun, but not to make a special effort. That meant no rides around the block to meet an arbitrary standard*. Are there any lessons? Well, sometimes you need to be flexible. It really helps to have back up transportation options – being able to take the bus home or get a ride with someone else can make difficult days go much more smoothly. Even if every trip can’t be made by bike, far more trips can be than I ever imagined a couple of years ago. Finally, though I need to get better at changing flat tires, I hope I don’t have the occasion to do so very often.
*See? That was a guiding principle, not laziness. Honestly.