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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today, I bought a bike. We only have one car and we live in the middle of town, so I figured it would be a good investment. It's pretty hilly around here, but I figured I'd get used to it. I biked the 2.6 miles to the library and back. Wow, with the sun and the humidity and hills and the fact that I haven't worked out in 8 days, it was quite an adventure! It took me an entire hour to go the 5.2 mile round trip and get my books (I had requested them, so it's not like I browsed around). Considering what goes up must come down (hills), I am not very proud of my time! I'll get better. I am hoping that by January when I start school, I will be good enough on the bike to ride the 4 miles to campus without huffing and puffing and getting quite so sweaty. I would not want to walk into class as nasty as I was when I came home! We will see. Anyone here bike to work/school? How do you keep from getting too gross?
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    Cynthia, that's not a bad idea and is definitely a possibility.
    3331 days ago
    uhhh, save your shower for school and sneak into one of the dorms' showers? Or their gym's shower? Don't know if that's possible, but it's something to look into.
    3331 days ago
    I have heart failure, and a couple of times I have ridden to the next town and back; a distance of 20 miles, the way over almost all up-grade. I do the 20 miles in about an hour and 15 minutes. Course I am well seasoned on bike riding. I sure didn't start out at that level. But, just want you to know, if a 59 year old with heart failure can 'work into it' so can you.

    Good huffing and puffing up them hills.

    3332 days ago
    Hopefully, in January your bike commute won't be so hot and sweaty. For me, I keep a stash of baby wipes, deodorant, and body spray in a bag. I may not be super clean, but at least I'm not super stinky either!
    3332 days ago
    Ah! Found some more tips and tricks!

    These are videos:


    Also, there are tips and tricks around if you search. I haven't found a perfect "how to ride your bike to work and look like you drove" article, but I have found some stuff woven here and there by googling "how to bike to work" or "bike work makeup".
    3332 days ago
    I did find this. Some of it is doable, but some of it isn't for a student (like keeping a pair of heels under the desk). Someone did point out that if you're fit, a 30 minute bike ride isn't going to make you sweat (and it should only be 20-30 minutes to school if I'm more in shape!), so that would help, too.

    3332 days ago
    I haven't figured out how to not be hot and sweaty when I get to work either, I've rode my bike a couple of times. Wish we had a shower here at the office. I usually walk at lunch, I work up a good sweat for that - baby wipes for a quick freshen up and a bottle of bath and body works spritz. Nothing for the really extreme workout, like biking it to work. Maybe once the weather cools down it won't be quite as bad. Kinda stinks that we want to ride and be physically fit but it doesn't quite fit into our daily routine very well, as far as hygiene is concerned. Best of luck in finding a solution. emoticon
    3332 days ago
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