When I got this bike, I wanted it to change my life. Intentionally, I imbued it and myself with that power. I wanted to make it happen.
It’s been less than two months since I started down a new career path and challenged myself to begin bike commuting. Luckily, most of it is on a bike path. I still have to travel through downtown Seattle, but it’s not as scary as one might think. I adapted to riding my bike very quickly, as I usually adapt quickly to anything, and that may be innate, but I think it’s mostly because I want to adapt. I’ve always embraced change and pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone. Bike commuting isn’t comfortable. Of course, there’s a lot of traffic to watch out for, as well as other commuters. And the awkwardness of maneuvering the bike rack on a bus is no joke. None of it’s easy. But each time, it gets a little less awkward and a little bit easier. I don’t let it fluster me, stay calm, and just do my best.
In the morning, I pack a change of athletic clothes in a backpack and put my bike on the bus for the ride downtown. Once downtown, I get off at the first stop and bike the one mile to my workplace. After work, I change in the bathroom, slather on sunscreen if it’s sunny (not likely 😜), and bike from the office onto the bike trail towards home. It’s about 7.5 miles and takes me 40-45 minutes. If I road the bus home in rush hour traffic, it would take 1hr up to 1:30hr.
I began to love my bike commute right away. Being in the fresh air after staying in a cubicle all day is purely therapeutic. It’s a little scary, and so it’s exhilarating. It’s a convenient way to get my workout in, too.