Biking is Tedious

After typing my whiny post about being sick and wanting to get on my bike I changed my mind. Biking is a pain in the ass. I guess literally, and figuratively.

I live in a busy part of central Madison. There’s only one direction to go to head away from the bustling city. My first three miles of a ride are filled with annoying stops every tenth of a mile for a stop light, stop sign, a driver who is VERY IMPORTANT and cuts me off, or my favorite, the mindless runner who just stops out of NOWHERE and cuts clear across the bike path. There have been several occasions where I have to scream at a runner before I nearly smash into them at 20 mph–yes, I do give the “on your left warning” but they have headphones on or are daydreaming, I can not help this.

I can see why runners and cyclists have animosity towards each other.

UntitledIf I want to get in a decent, clusterfawk-free ride, I’m going to need to drive my bike out to some country roads. There’s a lot of busywork to prepare for a ride outside of the city during the week. I’d need to rack my bike to the car, pack my pump, a variety of clothes, shoes, socks, water, fuel/after work meal, helmet…Not to mention regular getting ready for work, which includes blow drying my hair to style, changing my outfit a dozen times (i HAVE to, nothing FITS), packing my vegan lunch which requires chopping vegetables in the wee hours of the morning. Then at work, unrack my bike & haul it into the building because I don’t trust leaving it on my car in the parking lot (Seriously, my car got hit and run in the DMV parking lot, humanity can’t be trusted). After work, change my clothes, re-rack my bike, drive in rush hour traffic to get to country roads, and finally get in that fantasy decent ride.

That makes swimming more convenient than biking.

Madness.

So there’s my whiny bike post. Just one ride in and whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.

There must be advice out there on how minimize the stress of getting ready for a ride?

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12 thoughts on “Biking is Tedious

  1. AS a runner on that obnoxiously busy bike path — I ALWAYS hug the edge of the path. Always. Even when it’s not busy. I hate when people needlessly hog the ENTIRE bike path — runner, walker, cyclist, whatever. However, thrice! on my run the other night, jackbags on bikes (not always an athlete — some just weirdos on bikes) whipped past me, literally brushing my f-ing elbow when there was plenty of room to pass reasonably. I wanted to rip their faces off. Basically everyone is an asshole always: runner, cyclist, driver, human.

    • I entirely agree with “everyone is an asshole” .. when I’m a runner on the path I’m annoyed by the cyclists. When I’m on my bike I’m annoyed by anyone not on a bike.

  2. I’m right there with ya. It’s so frustrating. I live right in the heart of SLC. It’s tough to get somewhere where I can ride a bike without stopping every .1 miles for a stop light, etc. Gah!!!

  3. I think almost all of us have to pack up and drive to get someplace where we can ride safely and without traffic lights/stop signs every block…..take heart you are not alone in having to pack up and drive to get a good ride. I just try to always make it worth my while….90mins or more cycle time if I’m packing up the car to do it….anything less and I stick to the trainer or its a recovery ride and I can deal with whatever is in my way here locally….

  4. My husband is my cycling sherpa, but sometimes I help by filling up water bottles. Packing to exercise and change before work is as bad as packing for a trip.

  5. Ha-ha, this is one of the main reasons I have a hard time “loving” biking… I feel exhausted from searching for/packing stuff by the time I actually hit the road! Is it less busy if you would bike in the mornings before work?

  6. I bike everywhere because, at 35, I still haven’t learned to drive, nor do I have much inclination to learn to drive. My only advice is to keep at it. Eventually, you’ll get used to it, and your body will read the road through the bike the same way your feet do while you’re running, and your peripheral will begin to pick out car-doors-about-to-open and the various kamikaze-attacks of commuters-on-a-mission. It gets better. Really!

  7. Suck it up buttercup! 🙂
    Training for an IM is never going to be convenient. Or easy. That’s why not everyone does it. It’s the badass in you that tells convenient and easy to suck your dust. Now get to it!

  8. I just had this conversation with a friend, about how it is SO hard to get ready to ride the bike. And neither one of us is training for an IM. I hope somehow along the way things get a little easier.

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