Thursday, December 13, 2012

Biking to Work: Winter Edition

So, it's December 13th.... and I am still riding my bike to work. In Chicago. Because I actually love riding my bike, I've accidentally become a bicycle commuter. And just about four miles each day makes for 8 miles a day. The weather has been unseasonably warm, and that motivates me, too, but I am committed to riding through the winter, as long as there is no snow and the temperature is above 30 degrees.

The main reason I ride my bike to work is because there is something glorious, to me at least, about setting off on a bike in the morning light. I love love love my route: Logan Boulevard to Milwaukee Ave., and then straight down Milwaukee for 3 miles. Though I may be chilly when I first set off, after about five minutes, I am breaking a sweat.You would think that I would be ravenously hungry after all that I do in a day's work and 8 miles of city biking, but it actually curbs my appetite. That said, I don't feel that I have to pass on, say, sugar cookie dough, or raclette, because I burn enough calories in a day to cover the extra over-the-holiday's caloric intake. I haven't weighed myself in forever, but my clothes fit just fine and I'm pretty sure I haven't lost or gained weight. What I have gained is muscle power. I feel... strong.

I really do need to research better clothing and outerwear options for winter bike commuters, but let me tell you, I do feel very merry with my red gloves and green bern helmet (which I finally broke down and bought at the Bike Lane).

I also swear that I am going to buy myself a new bicycle in the springtime. My pink Schwinn is lovely, but it's time for a more serious bike. Regardless, if a mom of two on a pink Schwinn bike can commit to riding 8 miles to and fro work every day - so can you.

P.S.: I would so love to see this on very bike busy Milwaukee Avenue.


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