What have you come as???

tailwindhome
tailwindhome Posts: 19,257
edited October 2008 in Commuting chat
First commute today!!

Enough of the auld excuses: no more "building up the fitness", no more waiting on parcels from Wiggle, no more examining the weather forecast and certainly no more lurking/posting on a commuting website without actually commuting

Alarm was set for 6am though I coudnt sleep knowing I had an early start (what's that about?)

Ate my Weetabix (3 for luck), squeezed my chubby carcass in to DHB tights( think maternity wear for men), hi vis on and hit the road 6.40am (here we go!)

6.42 back to check the door was locked

6.45 hit the road and a bit less of the OCD


6.46 First Lesson - when commuting leave some clothes at work, Jeans+Shoes+Towel+Lunch soon adds weight, we don't need any more of that)

6.55 Second Lesson - Don't wear too many layers, warm leaving the house is too warm after the first mile.

7.30 Nearly there - sun coming up over the Glens of Antrim - hard to beat

7.35 Realise missing breakfast with Kids (wahoo! - seriously its like Breakfast in Basra)

7.40 Third Lesson - I hit a wall (fizzylogical not literal) - must bring a drink

8.10 Arrive at work to be greeted with the Norn Iron classic put down - "what have you come as?"


Feels great to have started, less embarassed now


Commute in numbers

Distance 13.08miles
Ride time 1.15.28 (I know, but its a MTB and I'm fat and it was windy)
Roadkill avoided 3
Fluffed gear changes too many to count
Times swerved to dangerously to the right while wiping (ahem) sweat on glove 1
Times encountered Mad/Bad/Dangerous drivers 0
Times encountered courteous drivers 3


Now 3 hours kip and I'll try to go home
“New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!

Comments

  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    6.42 back to check the door was locked

    How many times have I done that......

    Of course the flip side is me lying in bed last night thinking "of course I locked the garage" to find that I'd left it wide open last night (and thankfully unplundered).

    It's the logistics (kit, towels, shirts etc) that let you commute easily, well done.

    Also - what did you come as, if it was "smelly bike commuter" then fair dos but I'm thinking Norn Iron's finest would go for something spicier - wonder woman perhaps?
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
  • Great stuff Wheezy! Well done!

    It'll only get easier and better from here!
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Excuse me, but 1:15 for your first 13 miles is impressive. Don't think otherwise.

    My first 14.5 miler took 1:15 in and it's an easier ride (it HAS to be, I have ONE hill) - I have got that down to 50 mins as a personal best (in 6 weeks)

    Oh, and warm at home is pouring with sweat after 1 mile! :shock:

    Take a drink before you leave, it's better than during as you can overdo the drink and feel bloated.

    Have everything prepped for the ride the night before - this helps the OCD :wink:
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • Jen J
    Jen J Posts: 1,054
    Well done.

    How was everyone's reaction to the hi-vis gear?

    Did you get the oh-so-hilarious 'no-one's going to miss seeing you, are they'?

    That *is* pretty much the point of hi-vis...
    Commuting: Giant Bowery 08
    Winter Hack: Triandrun Vento 3
    Madone

    It's all about me...
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,257
    Excuse me, but 1:15 for your first 13 miles is impressive. Don't think otherwise.

    My first 14.5 miler took 1:15 in and it's an easier ride (it HAS to be, I have ONE hill) - I have got that down to 50 mins as a personal best (in 6 weeks)

    Oh, and warm at home is pouring with sweat after 1 mile! :shock:

    Take a drink before you leave, it's better than during as you can overdo the drink and feel bloated.

    Have everything prepped for the ride the night before - this helps the OCD :wink:


    I've missed a trick here, you guys have no idea what the route is like!!!


    A bit of uphill to start (but it feels like the Alps to me) - flat roads :oops: :oops: :oops: for 10mile
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    I imagine all the stopping to paint murals, bang drums and burning stuff really cuts into your average speed though.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
  • linsen
    linsen Posts: 1,959
    well done and all power to you. You will get quicker. I have shaved 5 minutes off my commute time in just 8 rides - fitness can be gained quickly if you stick at it.

    Keep us posted :D
    Emerging from under a big black cloud. All help welcome
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    So 3 miles of hills? Errrr....... I have a 'hill' which is a disused railway line - something like a 1 in 100. It only serves to arrest your freewheeling (and assist in getting a great cadence on the way home) Admittedly it is for over 4 miles but you barely notice it. Then there is one little hump and it's a huge downhill run.

    It takes me an hour ish to get home at the end of the day (that huge downhill run causes issues back up!)

    1:15 for 13 miles is GOOD, trust me on this.
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • Jen J
    Jen J Posts: 1,054
    linsen wrote:
    well done and all power to you. You will get quicker. I have shaved 5 minutes off my commute time in just 8 rides

    I'd be so impressed if I could do that, as it currently takes just 5 minutes anyway...
    Commuting: Giant Bowery 08
    Winter Hack: Triandrun Vento 3
    Madone

    It's all about me...
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,257
    Greg T wrote:
    I imagine all the stopping to paint murals, bang drums and burning stuff really cuts into your average speed though.


    This will be know for generations as my TRADITIONAL ROUTE even if I move house or change job I expect to travel the route unhindered.
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • linsen
    linsen Posts: 1,959
    Jen J wrote:
    linsen wrote:
    well done and all power to you. You will get quicker. I have shaved 5 minutes off my commute time in just 8 rides

    I'd be so impressed if I could do that, as it currently takes just 5 minutes anyway...

    Yes that may well involve riding in another dimension!

    Mine is 11.8 miles and started off taking 52 minutes or so. Saw today it was 47.12 and after two time checks on the way that were pretty average I can only assume there has been a landslide over the weekend and Winchester is closer to sea level now....
    Emerging from under a big black cloud. All help welcome
  • Belv
    Belv Posts: 866
    2 things:
    1. No one i've ever met who was 'building up fitness' has started the activity for which they claimed to be 'building up fitness' for! (and the limit of most of their 'building up fitness' training is watching a tv programme of the activity they hope to do).
    2. You did it - end of story. I'm sure half your colleagues will chuckle at how long it took and the other half have cycled twice the distance in half the time in their imaginary younger days, but today you actually did it. Congratulations.

    Regarding heating: i always prefer to dress slightly warm and undo zips, roll up sleeves or stop and remove a layer than to go out in what i'd wear once warm. It's a personal thing, but if i don't warm up as quick as i expect then it can take hours to get the cold out of my bones once i get to work.
  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    Excellent WMC, I'll light a petrol bomb tonight in your honour.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
  • Well done mate, keep at it and the time will come down, also it will take you less time to recover when you get to work. Just one thing if you left home at 6.45 and arived at work at 8.10 does that not give you a ride time of 1hr 25 mins.
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    You know if your collegues keep making stupid comments, you only have to stab one of them and no-one will ever say anything about commuting again.

    Being seen as a psycopathic loon does have it's advantages...
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,257
    harleyrott wrote:
    Well done mate, keep at it and the time will come down, also it will take you less time to recover when you get to work. Just one thing if you left home at 6.45 and arived at work at 8.10 does that not give you a ride time of 1hr 25 mins.


    RIde TIme is per the cycle computer thingymadoda . By the time i had figured out getting the bike secured and removed anything pinchable it was 8.10am


    Not much gets past you!

    I may have got off and walked across the road at a couple of big scary roundabouts :oops:
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    I may have got off and walked across the road at a couple of big scary roundabouts :oops:

    I'm going to get annoyed at you :wink:

    I almost got killed at one big scary roundabout. I refuse to ride it now and take the slower cycle lane option.

    Having a lorry drive straight at you because the driver has failed to see the 6' tall bumblebee gives you pause.
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • sc999cs
    sc999cs Posts: 596
    Congratulations on the ride.

    Remember there is nothing wrong with getting off and pushing if the conditions demand it. Better to push across a road than have an accident. On my commute it is paradoxically safer to cycle around the roundabout I come to than cross the adjoining roads, mainly due to cars not indicating as they leave the roundabout but it all depends on the conditions where you are.

    My question is did you have fun? If the answer is yes, nothing else matters.
    Steve C
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    Not quite true - often the toughest efforts are the ones which leave you feeling the most fulfilled.
  • girv73
    girv73 Posts: 842
    Congratulations on the first ride WMC!

    Don't knock it mate, it's a definite achievement that you've worked towards and had the guts to finally tackle.

    13 miles is nothing to sneeze at and the average speed ain't bad for a MTB. Is it 13 there and 13 back? That's pretty serious. The "wheezy" and "chubby" will soon disappear if you stick at it and your slaggy workmates will soon STFU. Some of them may even become attracted to you.

    Cycling is pretty big where I work. We've maybe 10% of staff here that cycle in and arrive in various states of wreckedness and lycraness. I myself arrive (after 9 miles) as a glob of sweat contained in lycra that slowly reforms into a human. No-one bats an eyelid. Maybe you can encourage a few more of your lazy (but oh-so-smart) ass workmates to get on their bikes too and the comments will stop? I expect they'll get bored anyway once you become a regular sight.

    RE lessons:
    1. true, clothes add a lot to the backpack. I keep jeans in work and bring everything else by bike each day. I'd keep T-shirts in work too if I could. One day I week I take the car/bus and do a swapover. I hate those days. I wonder if I could post myself clothes at work :lol:

    2. true also.

    3. I usually have a drink at home before leaving and carry a small water bottle on the bike.

    What's your route? Maybe we can start a spinoff series "SCR: NI" :lol:

    Anyway, I hope your route doesn't cross my own TRADITIONAL ROUTE or else we'll need an interface zone complete with concerned residents committee, some spides to riot around it at night and "community leaders" to "condemn" it all on UTV Live.
    Today is a good day to ride
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    girv73 wrote:
    Cycling is pretty big where I work. We've maybe 10% of staff here that cycle in and arrive in various states of wreckedness and lycraness.

    1. true, clothes add a lot to the backpack. I keep jeans in work and bring everything else by bike each day. I'd keep T-shirts in work too if I could. One day I week I take the car/bus and do a swapover. I hate those days. I wonder if I could post myself clothes at work :lol:

    Here's a thought: as so many cycle, why not lobby for a communal washing machine facility at work? (assuming there's a lot of people working there)

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • girv73
    girv73 Posts: 842
    SecretSam wrote:
    Here's a thought: as so many cycle, why not lobby for a communal washing machine facility at work? (assuming there's a lot of people working there)

    Don't think we have that numbers to make that work. It's a mostly empty building at present so perhaps in the future when it fills up...

    Also, it would involve me doing laundry.
    Today is a good day to ride
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Have you got a local shop that does laundry?

    We have a sainsburys right next to where we work. Would it be cheaper to get them to clean everything over the weekend and pick it up monday morning?
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    If I was an employer I wouldn't want dozens of staff wasting dozens of man-hours weekly doing their washing!
  • Littigator
    Littigator Posts: 1,262


    RIde TIme is per the cycle computer thingymadoda

    The most important thing is that you're getting the hang of the complex technical language eh? :wink:

    But well done WMC...your mates won't take the p*ss so much when they see how much weight you're dropping in the next few weeks and months.

    ps ride-whenever you are never EVER coming to Friday drinks :shock:
    Roadie FCN: 3

    Fixed FCN: 6
  • girv73
    girv73 Posts: 842
    Have you got a local shop that does laundry?

    Student land is in walking distance and there's an actual laundry. I dunno if they do service washes though. Hmm, interesting idea.

    TBH I need to take non-bike days at least once a week due to after-work scheduling, amount of stuff to carry to/from home and the fact that I'm not fit enough to cycle commute 5 days a week anyway :roll: I still don't like those days though.
    Today is a good day to ride
  • sc999cs
    sc999cs Posts: 596
    biondino wrote:
    Not quite true - often the toughest efforts are the ones which leave you feeling the most fulfilled.
    But that's the sort of thing I find fun!
    Steve C
  • Wrath Rob
    Wrath Rob Posts: 2,918
    Well done! Now work out your FCN and get over to the SCR thread :twisted:
    FCN3: Titanium Qoroz.
  • symo
    symo Posts: 1,743
    Well done WMC, awesome now you have no excuses not even rain. The answer to their question is "I've come as someone getting fit, whats your excuse for looking like that?". Those narky comments will stop within a couple of weeks.

    I only do 4 miles a day and already I have noticed a massive difference to my fitness. Keep it up.
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