After being without the bike for a week, while it was in the shop for some spoke repair, it was good to back on 2 wheels again for the ride in to work. It is really surprising how much I missed it. It is a funny thing how something can become so much a part of your routine that even though it takes some effort to do it, NOT doing it leaves one feeling incomplete, for lack of a better term.
I am often asked by people, “How do you manage to get up so early?” The fact is, when I first started working here, I asked myself the same question. After a while, it became my routine, and I stopped thinking about it–I just did it. It certainly didn’t happen overnight, but eventually it did. And as it became part of my routine, I didn’t notice it. One day, it dawned on me that I do this (getting up at a ridiculous hour) without thinking about it. Now, when I take some time off, I don’t necessarily miss getting up that early, but I miss what I do at that time. It’s nice to have a job you miss when you’re away. I feel pretty lucky that WBJC is part of my routine.
Anyway, back to the bike: It really did feel good to ride in to work, and I actually took about 3 minutes off my normal time. Perhaps that was because there was no wind, or perhaps I was a bit charged up about having my bike back. Either way, it was a great ride. We’ll see how things are going home. Tomorrow looks to be pretty rainy. With any luck, they’ll (the weather astrologers) will get that one wrong.