No more sidewalks for me. I'm going back to running on the street, at least when I'm down on 2nd - the sidewalks just aren't even enough for this lady who barely lifts her feet at all while walking or running.
The bits of good news:
- I didn't swear at all.
- I didn't stay on the ground for more than 5 seconds.
- Three steps later, I was back to running.
I rode my bike to work this morning for the first time. It was AWESOME. It's a spectacular way to start the day, hearing the birds and breathing the morning air. The Arsenal bridge was a bit of a sensory overload, as there were not only a whole bunch of cars on level 1, there was also a train crossing on level 2. That's a lot of noise on an all-metal bridge. Awe inspiring.
Here are the things I did that I learned from my Chicago bike list to make the ride work:
- Didn't wear makeup. Just packed that in my bag to do when I got to work (why start with sweaty makeup?)
- Also packed wet wipes and my extra blow dryer for the sprucing-up upon arrival at work.
- Rode at an easy pace (5-10 MPH) the whole way so as not to get excessively sweaty (the back of my hair was still drowned, but that's what the blow dryer is good for, along with fixing my "helmet hair.")
Lulu was a huge show-off about it all, catching the attention of everyone I passed as I came into the workplace. She drew commenters like flies to honey, all the way in, all the way up the elevator, and even as I was stuffing her into a closet people kept stopping for a look and a "WOW!" Oh yeah, she liked it a lot. I reckon she'll keep that up until people around here get used to her.
I haven't bought a bike basket for the commute yet, and I can't find my little canvas bag that fits the bikes, so today I'm enjoying a huge salad, fresh fruit, and a bit of cottage cheese all from the Bistro. Hopefully I'll find that tote tonight and can juice for lunch tomorrow.
In other news, I had to re-pick clothes 3 times this morning because stuff kept being too big. Umm...