Telling people about my progress in sticking to a commitment definitely helps keep me on track. I saw that in 2014 when I set myself up to post a word and picture every day of #30DaysofBiking. I managed it in April 2013 and September 2011, another year that I made extra work for myself by writing a blog post every day. And now 2017 is on the books. Possibly not my most fascinating blog posts ever, but I’m staying accountable.
Monday April 24: Dragged my bike with me in the car to Olympia, then didn’t use it, so when I got home it’s a good thing Sweet Hubs was available to go for a two-wheeled coffee date. 1.5 easy miles.
Tuesday April 25: Rode downtown to the Cascade Bicycle Club Bike Everywhere Breakfast, a great celebration of advocacy wins and programs that get people rolling. 11 miles.
Wednesday April 26: Rode to work again under cool gray skies. 8.5 miles.
Thursday April 27: Another of those “okay, I checked the box” spins with Tessa around the driveway.
Friday April 28: Torn between riding home and catching the bus, I realized I’d left too late to catch it, but maybe if I rode really fast I could catch it at a stop down the line. Or I could just ride the route for as far as seemed interesting, then stop and wait for the bus. Thus I discovered how bad 4th Ave. South is for the stretch south of Pioneer Square, with lots of fast car traffic, no bike lane, and a nice sidewalk that comes to an abrupt end so that’s not really an option either. I sprinted south for a while, then decided I wasn’t having enough fun to continue. I’d only gone a couple of miles and decided I’d turn around and zip back to catch the bus where the whole adventure began. At least it was sunny. Around 4 miles.
Saturday April 29: This was my big day — the most mileage I’ve ridden since that little elbow business started. I did the Ride for Major Taylor, a fundraiser for a super Cascade Bicycle Club program. It was 24 challenging miles — lots of hills on the route that circled through several neighborhoods south of Seattle — and got colder while we rode, but it felt great.
— Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain) April 29, 2017
Sunday April 30: In a great finish to the month I put my bike on Amtrak Cascades to head to Vancouver for a conference and road from the train station to the hotel. An easy 1.5 miles to round out the 30 Days.
— Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain) May 1, 2017
30 Days of Biking helped me firmly embed my bike habit and got me all warmed up for the #BikeEverywhere Challenge. Happy pedaling!