The thing about cycling to work, no matter the justifications, is that you actually have to get home again. There were times today that I seriously considered just taking the bike on the train, but I’m glad I didn’t

So like any beginner at something, during that Unconscious Incompetent stage (you don’t know what you don’t know), bright eyed and eager, I decided to actually cycle home with Phil my “cycle buddy”

Then we headed off, and on this particular route, the way route home is easily twice the distance with a huge increase in up-hills. I can honestly say that without Phil, this would’ve been too daunting. I just would not have known where to go, how to handle different crossings, or what (hills, traffic, etc) to prepare for.

Unequivocally I’d recommend doing this. Get out, fix up that old bike, or better yet, get a new one. But do diligently consider the cost – your personal fitness level, the added time to work, need for shower facilities, navigation of the route, refresher of those old bike safety skills, yes the pain too – and ensure that you build in the support network you need.

At the end of the day – I made it. No heart attacks (although I worried for a while), and for tonight at least, I can still walk.

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