This sucks. Â Apparently going on a 25-mile ride after not having biked for two weeks, then adding a week’s worth of daily commuting trips was too much for my right knee. Â It started to hurt about a week and a half ago, so I purposefully did not ride at all for six days. Â I figured that would be enough to give my knee a rest and let it heal.
Well, apparently I was wrong. Â During my commute to work today, my knee began to hurt almost as soon as I left home. Â Yes, it was a victorious commute, as I broke a record for cold-weather cycling, but a sore knee is still no fun. Â And with all the group rides I have coming up, apparently I need some time off the bike.
So I’m going to get in touch with some friends who are much more experienced cyclists and ask their advice. Â Let’s hope that I’m back up and biking soon. Â In the meantime, I plan to continue to my writing here, only not doing much riding.
I was really excited when I watched the local news last night. Â The weather guy was predicting a really cold night here in Memphis. Â This means that I would have a really cold ride to work this morning. Â And the weather did not disappoint.
This is a screenshot I took with my iPhone as I was leaving for work.
Yep, 18Âº Fahrenheit. Â Pretty frickin’ freezing. Â Actually, the bike ride was not that bad. Â My knee has been bugging me so I rode rather slowly, but when I got to work I was feeling rather toasty. Â Comfortable even. Â (Read more here about my cold-weather biking gear.)
I can’t say I’ll be disappointed when the weather warms up in the spring, but I am enjoying these frigid temperatures while they’re here.
I haven’t watched it yet, but there’s a new documentary on Vimeo. Â It’s called “Mind the Gap” and it’s about sustainable urban transportation. Â One of the topics the webisodes covers is biking. Â As soon as I get a free few hours I’m going to give it a watch.
Anyway, here’s the link. Â Note: I had to open a Vimeo account to subscribe to the webisodes, but I think you can watch it without subscribing. Â Enjoy.
I don’t remember who or what first motivated me to begin biking to work; it might have been my brother, who regularly bikes to work from his home in Seattle. Â It might have been the realization that I was driving 3.5 miles one way to work (about a 10-15 minute drive, plus time looking for parking), when I could easily walk that distance in an hour. Â (I’ve still never tried that.) Â It might have been the sinking feeling that as I sauntered through my 30s, my metabolism was not getting any faster, and that if I wanted to avoid becoming fat and feeble in my old age, I needed to get my exercise on, and fast. Â Or, it might have been a desire to cut down on my carbon emissions and contribution to traffic congestion. Likely, it was a combination of all of those factors, plus some I’ve forgotten.
Whatever the case, my first challenge in biking to work was planning my route. Â I’m a planner by nature; I love maps, spreadsheets, numbers, labeled files, and having an organized life. Â So after spending hours poring over Google Maps, this is the route I came up with.