I took a more leisurely pace, only kicking it out to make a couple green lights, and the commute was still under 30 minutes. This is awesome. Today I biked in one of my workout shirts and packed a light sweater for work--I generated enough body heat to be comfortable and kept cool. Also, I filled up my Sigg bottle and brought it in the bottle holder I had drilled into the frame of my bike.
That's important because I bought this Sigg bottle to help me stop using glass or plastic bottles. Glass, because that's a depletion of resources, and plastic, because of the BPA-leaching. Don't need it. But it's not practical for me to walk around all day, doot-dee-doo, with a big red Sigg bottle in one hand. Whichever hand that is, I need it for action.
But! Today I mounted it on my bike and brought it to work! And I've been drinking more water because of my return to food-journaling, and two plastic bottles of water represents four servings of water (out of a daily recommended eight), so I was drinking half as much water as I required (which was still over twice as much as I usually do) but tossing out a lot of plastic bottles--health issues aside, that's a lot of waste.
But now I have my reusable steel bottle! I filled it up at home and I can fill it up at work! I'll stop using glass/plastic bottles and get enough daily water intake! Another couple problems elegantly resolved by biking to work. What's the total now...
- Getting my required 45 minutes of required daily exercise.
- Using absolutely no gas (car or bus).
- Cut travel time by at least ten minutes each way.
- Practical means of carrying Sigg bottle around.
- Starting to meet my recommended water intake.
- More energy (last night: mopped kitchen and bathroom, washed two loads of dishes, vacuumed bedroom and hallway, on top of grilling hamburgers (and put grilling supplies away in timely fashion)).
- I think it's mitigating my depression.
Interesting article: Minneapolis rates fifth worst city in the nation for road rage.