There are also many people who ride their bike to work. Whether the ride is 5 minutes or an hour and a half, the bike commuters are a hard core group. They are not only trying to save money on gas, they are making themselves AND the earth more healthy. So I thought to myself, why don't I ride my bike to work? I can get my training in and save the world all at the same time. Never mind my job is more than 70 miles away, at a ski area, and I would start and end my ride at elevations higher than 8000ft. in November. Riding to work...it was motivation. It was a goal.
This is how the day of my "commute" went:
-Wake up to frost and freezing rain
-Get a warning call from the Mom-"I called The Hard Rock Cafe in Empire and it is cold and icy there". (Grrreat)
-Receive second warning call from Josh- "When you exit the dirt and hit Coal Creek Canyon it is SLICK! So if you hit the deck, you can't blame me". (fantastic)
-Have another shot of espresso.
-10:25am start the commute and seek out all the gravel on the road so as to not slip and fall down.
-Sometime after that-stop and take off middle layer of clothing
-Sometime after that-change gloves (it's hard work trying not to fall down)
-12pm-arrive at the I-70 frontage road. Call the Dad and tell him I am alive, eat a Stroop Waffle. All is good.
-Idaho Springs (half way point)-the SUN comes out. Get some seriously strange looks at the truck stop. Eat another Stroop Waffle.
-1:33pm-Feel the bonk coming on (I swear I have been riding up hill the entire time). Eat a banana, chocolate covered espresso beans and another Stroop. I am getting tired.
-2pm-the Dad drives up behind me and asks if I want a ride. "um...ok. Yes please."
-Up and over Berthoud pass in the car.
-2:20pm- get out of the car, and ride the rest of the way "home" (Mom and Dad's house).
-3:00pm- stuck laying on the floor, in my chamois, hungry, wet, tired and a small feeling of failure because I had to get a ride.
The good news. I had an amazing training ride AND I have the opportunity to do it all over again on Sunday when I get to ride back home.