Goals for 2012
-Ride more, like I used to before I had my scooter and motorcycle. I’m starting a new job on Wednesday; I’m going to drive the first few days while I get settled in but really try and ride every day.
-Eat better–more real/unprocessed food, less sweets. This will be tough, especially the less sweets.
-Be a generally more positive/optimistic person.
-Use my camera more
-Be a generally more positive/optimistic person.
This was just added to my list!
As someone who bike commutes as much as possible but expects to slow down in winter, I’m entertaining the goal getting through the month of January on the same tank of gas in my increasingly decrepit Corolla. Obviously, help from the weather will make all the difference with this but so far so good.
Sometimes I kick myself for buying a car that’s actually fun to drive, but I think with my mostly flat commute I’ll be able to still convince myself to ride.
So with one day down, how are people doing so far?
I’m on track so far, but the first day is always easy. Been doing some reading on resolutions, and I think I’m one of those abstainer/daily people. I find it easier to do something every day rather than intermittently, and I find it easier to cold turkey rather than moderate. But I married a moterater/easy-does-it kind of people, who do maddeningly well with slow, gradual change and moderation.
well I didn’t work yesterday, so not eating food from work is going swimmingly
Didn’t leave the house though…
Also, I took my bike to the shop, so bike-related goals are out for a few days.
So far, I’m holding to the one-ride-a-week goal. Rachel’s letter-writing campaign fits nicely into this, too.
One new one: I’m calling it Crush The Commute. Simply put, for five consecutive work days, I will bike both to and from work without help from either the bus or the family car. In the three years I’ve been really trying to make bicycling happen, the best I’ve done is six one-way trips in a seven-day span. Usually it’s bike in, bus home, or at least bus to West View and bike 3 miles.
The inspiration is Crush The Commonwealth. For me to do this kind of CtC, though, I’d be riding 100 miles a week, itself something I don’t think I’ve done more than a couple times, ever. The shortest and least-traffic way home is Federal Street. Can I do that five days in a row? Or mix it up by taking, say, McKnight? Or climbing the James Street or Rising Main Avenue steps?
Not to belittle, but some commutes aren’t as simple as others.
I’m really glad I have a whole year to accomplish my goals… Living at grandma’s for a week put a wrench in the “new routine”
Stu, I’ve never heard anybody accuse any of your commutes of being anything close to simple. You can totally do that, though.
Stu, doesn’t one of your routes involve fording a creek? Nowhere near simple…
No goal news but I did walk for a considerable time in cold miserable rain in my new Showers Pass Portland jacket, acquired with the commute in mind. It’s like freaking rain armor! So happy. Now I need something for the pants area.
I’d totally hint at this for valentine’s day if I were you: http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/men/mens-pants/storm-pant
Nothing says “I love you” more than rainpants. Nothing.
I’d totally hint at this for Valentine’s day if I were you: http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/men/mens-pants/storm-pant
Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of rainpants. Nothing.
Anyone ever bike in wellies? If I can find a pair downtown in my size, I am totally getting them. My commute in today (on foot and by bus) was totally miserable. I have waterproof hiking boots, but opted not to use them today. I can be such an idiot!
I have a set of rain gear for the motorcycle. I’ve used them once, on my trip to Buffalo last summer. I spent 10 minutes getting into it at the first hint of rain going up Route 8, then sweltered in sunshine for the next 75 miles. The boots look like they might be worth trying out on the bicycle on a wet day, though, and I might give the whole shebang a try on a cold morning.
About rain pants – I got these for myself.
I wore them to ride on Friday morning in the rain. On the Carson St sidewalk by the West End Bridge, a truck WHOOSH hit a giant puddle and sent a huge wave of water over me, up to my hips.
Got to the Y to do my morning thing and jeans were completely dry. These rain pants fall in the “products that changed my life” category. Love them.
@pinky I also love my rain pants. keeps me dry, that is, until I start sweatin in ’em.
(apologies for my double post earlier, turns out a post using the words “mens” and “shower” with a link in it gets filtered)
I was really tempted to ride the Vespa today given the weather but I didn’t want to spoil my “perfect month” of riding to work every day. Looks like the last time I accomplished that was January of 2011. I also topped 100 miles in a month for the first time since August.
* >=1 ride/week? Check.
* Contact elected official? Check.
* Contact building folks? 1/2: Have name, drafted letter, not yet sent.
* Group ride? Icycle Bicycle.
* Get someone to ride? Fuzzy; definitely had some interest from two people, but no action yet.
* Car-Free Calculator? Check.
* Mileage: 88 miles for January! Woo hoo!
* Bikes? Nope. Oiled the chain once.
* Car bike rack? Not yet.
* Growler? Not yet.
Not bad for the first month.
Only one of my resolutions has so far been kept up to levels I would call successful, my “Fix The House” resolution. I completed February’s in January (bathroom plaster repair), January’s will be done tomorrow (steps and banister refinishing), and March’s is already planned out and waiting on execution (master closet organization). Unfortunately my husband accidentally added a 13th month to the list this morning (replace cracked glass pane in door).
Everything else gets a fresh start tomorrow, when February is the New January and I resolve to begin again.
Wow, E! I am tired after just READING your january accomplishments.
But I feel better knowing that February is the New January, and I get to start fresh again tomorrow……
I’m pretty much on track to complete my October project in February. That’s a good thing, right?
And, no new projects get started until that project is DONE.
ha! ANY finished project is a good thing! always!!
I’m running on pure inertia at this point. I expect to collapse in a little heap at some point (maybe around Easter), but hopefully I’ll collapse instead of the house
Happy New Year 2.0!!
Another .5 today, whee! I’m liking this “winter”. I won’t keep posting every time, promise.
I was about 300 yards behind someone in a high viz jacket going up the evil Steuben street hill out of Crafton at 7:48 am. My killer instinct kicked in and I determined to catch them on the hill. Unfortunately my killer legs have not come in the mail yet. Swooped them through the West End Hypocycloid, though. Anyone here?
Also beat my 29 bus through the WEC, that had left my home stop 10 min before I left by bike. By a lot.
4 other commuters seen on my route this am. This is awesome.
I had fewer fellow cyclists this a.m., but an awesome PAT driver shared the road with me most of the way in. He caught up with me three blocks from the start of his route (where I had stopped to chat with a friend). I thought he would bury me when we got to the Brighton/Shadeland split, and I took the longer, slower flat route. But, I got downtown, parked my bike in the bike center on Seventh, started towards work, and here he comes, dropping his commuters at the corner of Seventh Street and Penn Avenue. I want to say whoo! But what I am really thinking is “this is the bus I might have to take starting in September. Dang, this route is SLOW!”
Ha Edmonds, I was followed on Tuesday up the Noblestown Rd hill into Crafton on the evening commute, but that wasn’t me today.
I saw two – TWO! – bikes on my way home on Tuesday. That’s a first for my commute. One of the two was another woman in a bright jacket on the WEC stairs.
Is it dorky to wave? It makes me happy to see other cyclists on my route.
Not dorky in my book. They might be thinking the same thing.
I usually nod, but don’t necessarily wave.
“One of the two was another woman in a bright jacket on the WEC stairs.” That’s probably who I saw this morning, they took the stairs, I took the ramp.
Also, I’ll happily say hi/wave at anything, bikers, little kids, old people, superserious lycroids, bark at dogs. Put me on a bike and I’m as dorky as Forrest Gump, and I just don’t care.
I usually wave or ring my bell for other cyclists.
There are a lot more of them than there used to be.
A lot of them don’t noltice my bell or a wave. Some are obviously way too cool to ever respond. Others seem to view any personal acknowledgment from a stranger as unwelcome. (shrug).
I figure that even with the increased numbers of cyclists, one person steadily greeting might make a difference in community habits.
On a country road, I tend to do the “wave-and-nod” thing to passing drivers. I feel neglectful if someone waves and nods and I just look at them. Same with biking in the city.
I always smile and wave if I can see the person’s eyes and act before they’re out of site (no matter the mode of transportation of either of us, unless it would confuse issues of right-of-way). In my neighborhood, if I’m on my bike, it gets me blank stares. If I’m walking my dogs, it gets me greetings and grins. My dogs are awesome and cute, but seriously? Even smiling and waving from my car is more acceptable than from my bike. I don’t get it.
Most other places, most people are nice and wave back, no matter the mode of transportation. Greeting people is just nice.
Sometimes I wave, sometimes I don’t. I find myself doing this out of habit on my motorcycle to people on bicycles as well. Almost always gets a positive response.
Given the above, I think I’ll give in to my urge to wave.
Kayla, I had a group of motorcyclists wave at me this week and it made me really happy to be acknowledged.
I’ve had some cyclists initiate the wave–especially true if I have my Chrome bag on my back.
So, on my way in today, I rode thru the west end circ, traffic was very heavy coming down the ramp and coming in from the right on W Carson. The side benefit was that it was congested enough that it was going sub-25 mph. So I just put the hammer down and took a spot in traffic, the whole way to the left at the Sta Sq driveway, merged to the left same as a car. Way cool. And that was on my tank bike, not one of the good ones. Probably inadvisable behavior for a man of my age, but fk it. I am bloody pleased with the way the year is going.
Stu when you want to go to east end for the growler let me know. Im always up for a trip to one of my favorite places in pittsburgh
E59- You are only as old as you feel! For me, some days I feel 20 years younger, and some days maybe my age.
Or maybe you are only as old as you act!
Or maybe as Groucho Marx said, “A man is as young as the woman he feels.”
I usually wave or ring my bell for other cyclists. … A lot of them don’t noltice my bell or a wave.
I try to wave or ding for other cyclists, pedestrians (including children) who are staring at me, or who have a messenger-type bag or a rolled-up right pant cuff. It makes me really happy when I hear another ding echo past me (sometimes with a neat Doppler effect) in return, but I’m always sad when they don’t seem to hear it.
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