I bought my bike to cut down the cost of my commute to and from work. At present it costs me $3.00 both ways if I ride during peak hours. This cost almost as much as gas in a car. Why am I willing to pay that and not own a car? Initially when I ditched the wheels it was $2.25 at peak times. I bought a monthly pass. But as I moved to bigger places my rent went up. Coming up with nearly $100 at the same time rent is due was not feasible. I bought a scooter first. I still own her, but she is not very environmentally sound. I should ride her more often but my environmental side balks at the idea.
I bought the bike when I was 6.5 miles closer to where I work. Three years ago I moved back to the Central Area of Seattle. Not the CD but close to it. I now ride that big old beast almost 20 miles a day round trip. Some days I go further to go visit friends, join in activities or go to the doctor. This would not be a huge issue, except that I live on Beacon Hill. It matters not which direction you come from, that hill is an obstacle. I have managed to make it all the way up from the South end twice and twice from the North End. Everyday when I get home, I am so tired I just want a drink some dinner and to fall into bed, but no, I have to clean cook, and do laundry. My knees often hurt, beyond belief. Tonight is one of those nights. I truly want nothing more than an ice pack some ibuprophen, a stiff drink and some dinner.
It is all I can do some mornings to get out of bed. The ride to work is not my issue, it is mostly downhill. On my way home I drag my feet. I stop at my partner’s place, sometimes saying screw it and staying the night. This week I am making an effort to fight that uphill battle and win. Once I get up the hill the rest of the ride goes by quickly. What I need is to motivate myself and challenge myself to get up that beastly hill on my beastly bike. If I can do it once it can be done, and if I do it on a regular basis that makes me a truly badass biker chick, right?
Disclaimer, this is not my picture, I just copied it off a website.