With my road bike out order and with a need mostly to keep up base fitness, I've started doing a weekly or so bike commute to work.
My first ever cycling coach called rides like these "junk miles". They're not specific enough to give you good training results, and can leave you tired, so less receptive to proper training sessions.
I've done a bit of thinking about this and I've come to the conclusion that "junk miles", right now, are not junk.
My junk miles are too useful to be junk.
- I save $8 a day in parking.
- I'm pretty much even on time spent commuting.
- It keeps me riding a bike while I'm waiting for my road bike to return. More on that in a future blog post.
- I get to work feeling great.
- I get home from work feeling great.
- It's all my body will let me do at the moment and it's better than sitting on the couch. More on that in a future blog post too.
- I'm making a small dent on my carbon footprint.
- It's much less lonely riding your bike than it is sitting in a car by yourself.