But, we don't ride five days a week. Andy and I usually drive in one day a week, most often on Wednesdays to break the week up and keep our legs from getting too tired. And we try to ensure that we match our errands up with that driving day -- so if we need to go grocery shopping, or stop by the post office, or bring a laptop to uni, we save that errand until we drive. Of course, some weeks we feel really tired, or it looks really windy outside, or we come up with another reason not to ride in at least 4 times. We always feel a little guilty, but get over that pretty quickly.
Not at all related to this post, but I don't have any photos that do. And look how cute!
Last week I finished the Commuter Challenge, ending the week on 524.4 kms. This took just under 4 months, but included a few weeks that we were away for our wedding and honeymoon, and a few weeks where I took a few days off uni.
I'm going to keep my own commuter challenge going until the end of the year. My challenge is to ride 500 km in a shorter period of time than the first 500 km took me -- which shouldn't be too hard, but will motivate me. The target I'm setting for myself is 3 months, so I will be less likely to convince Andy that it's too windy to ride, or that our veganity means our carbon footprint is already low enough.
I realise that serious cyclists would probably complete this challenge in less than a month, but let's face it -- I'm not a serious cyclist, and I probably never will be. I like my bike for transport, but I don't go on long rides for fun. But, given the health and environmental benefits, not to mention the cost savings, I'm happy to keep motivating myself to ride.