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    My challenge

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    After reading a whole bunch this week, I have decided to commit to 2 challenges. First, I will ride every day for 30 days. Any amount will do, I just need to get out there. Next, whenever possible I will ride my bike for any errand within 2 miles of my house. Commuting to work is more of just an excuse to ride as I am 25 expressway miles away and 30 miles if I rode through neighborhoods. I know myself and I know I just won't do it!

    So today, I rode to the grocery store and told DH I would pick up some taco bell for him on the way home. He said no, it would be cold by the time I got home (it's a whopping 2 miles away!). So I went on my merry way, picked up taco bell for myself and when I got home, my car was gone. He decided to drive to taco bell himself! So much for saving a little gas. Oh well, I got my bike time in!

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    Cool idea. i'm going to join you in the "every day for 30 days" challenge, since I need some extra motivation on some days. I'll count today as Day One, as I did a short (10 miles) ride with friends early morning, and did another short (7 miles) ride later.
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    I can't actually claim this idea as my own. I read it elsewhere on this site and it sounded like a good idea to me!

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    Love the challenge - Every day for 30 days. I think I will try that as well. Of course, I didn't ride yesterday but I did take a hike but hey today is a new day. I don't commute as I live above my store but I do take stuff to the post office on my bike, all the time
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    Day 2, did 38.3 miles!
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    Love the challenge. I'll join you- except I'm going to Boston this week for business, so I won't be near my bike- but I'll start once I get home!
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    Way to go!
    Keep at it, who knows, maybe you'll inspire him to give it a try.
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    good for you, slowspoke! I love the idea of setting days and a distance barrier. It's so much easier if you don't have to consider and re-consider every time, but just do it. Great way to go at it.
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    Good for you! All the best. I think the main link for the project is here - http://www.30daysofbiking.com/ - I am planning on doing the September one. It's a great idea doing shorter errands by bike rather than car, as those journeys are the most inefficient and uneconomic ones to do in a motor vehicle.

    Slightly o/t - as I couldn't do the 30 days of riding challenge this month I'm instead logging and blogging all my journeys for 30 days - where, how, how much, how efficient, how happy they made me and so on. I'm barely a week in and it's already interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hebe View Post
    Slightly o/t - as I couldn't do the 30 days of riding challenge this month I'm instead logging and blogging all my journeys for 30 days - where, how, how much, how efficient, how happy they made me and so on. I'm barely a week in and it's already interesting.
    hebe, do you have a link to your blog?
    edit: never mind, it's in your sig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melalvai View Post
    hebe, do you have a link to your blog?
    edit: never mind, it's in your sig.
    Glad you found it The first week of stats are going up tonight.

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    I just got back from a ride with my dog. It was cold and windy! Due to work and heavy rain, I have not been able to ride every day. I have ridden every day that I could! My dog's route is just 3 miles. It was cold and windy enough that by the time I got back, I felt winded and slightly light headed. Weird. Tomorrow I am either riding with my sister or going to the local bike trail for a nice 20 miler (assuming the weather holds).
    DH still rolls his eyes every time I want to ride by bike for an errand. Eh, what can I say. You can't save everyone! LMAO
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    After awhile, you won't notice your hubby's reaction to your daily cycling errands trips.

    You'll be feelin' too good from cycling.

    There have been some months in some years where I did cycle daily for 30 days.

    But then, we don't have a car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowspoke View Post
    DH still rolls his eyes every time I want to ride by bike for an errand.
    Mine gets his feelings hurt when I go for a run. He feels judged & criticized that he isn't fit and working out. Poor guy. He's awfully sensitive. And I'm awfully inconsiderate. I try! (So does he!)
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    I really like your blog - I think that as I get into commuting that I will resurrect my old blog, we will see. I might just start a new one since I've not even looked at my old one for close to 2 years.

    I did take the challenge for April and failed miserably...but next month is a new month. Part of my problem is that there ARE no short trips for me, so it is either heading out to the country for a long ride or commute to work (~31 miles round trip depending on route). I admire you for sticking to it and finding ways to do it - even if your DH does roll his eyes

 

 

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