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.
If 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.
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?