March 9, 2015 by welshcyclist
I presume this is the same for all commuters, no day is the same? From the traffic, drivers, weather, time taken, how one feels, different levels of elation, all these and more, to the one I feel now and then, tiredness.
Some days, no matter the weather, I feel like I’m flying, moments that are soon put into context when a suited and booted roadie flies past me, as if I were stood still. That doesn’t bother me too much, except when they do so while climbing a hill! Boyoe, then it really hurts! A couple of days ago, a typical roadie flew past me, and then 10 minutes or so later another one, in total aero dynamic mode hissed past me, arms stretched forward on aero handlebars, wearing, what looked like a plastic gladiator helmet. A few minutes later, both were still in sight, on the straight road ahead, and I had the distinct pleasure of watching the first one being passed, as if he was stood still by the aero dynamic gladiator, and on a hill as well!!
That pleasure didn’t last though, I then struggled up the same hill, as I usually do.
Every commute is different for me, some pleasant some distinctly not so. Sometimes I am just tired, and struggle, but, still I do it? If I don’t commute on my bike, my day is decidedly worse. Sometimes, I am tired mounting my bike for the journey home, but that tiredness doesn’t last long, I still struggle on the hills, but when I get home I sleep so much better.
This last week I had the chance to commute in and back for four day shifts, I only managed three. On the third morning I overslept, so it was too late to pedal. That day felt much longer, and strangely, I was absolutely wrecked in the evening. Doesn’t seem to be logical, but I believe there’s a simple answer. Physical effort is good for me, and everyone, and is both tiring and refreshing,at the same time, especially when that effort is on a bike (for me).
What does my faithful reader think?