In July I challenged myself to walk or bike to work every day. I think I only walked one day per week and the rest was biking. Here are my results and thoughts on that challenge, which I successfully completed!
We pass the El Segundo Library and El Segundo High School. And you get to see my office and the area I work. All while listening to Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe.
- Roundtrip distance: 3.4 miles.
- Miles walked/biked: 66 miles.
- Time on bike: 8-10 minutes. Walking: 28 minutes.
- Pounds lost/gained: +2 (seriously WTF? And no, it’s not muscle. I wish!)
Thoughts on the challenge:
If I had to give this challenge a grade, it would be a B-. Why a B-? Isn’t biking/walking to work great? Wouldn’t MMM be proud that I’m not driving a clown car, or whatever he calls it?
I think by nature, anytime I feel like I have to do something, it starts to feel like a chore. I’m just built to be kind of rebellious. I also started to not enjoy not looking “put together” every day at work, and had my hair in a ponytail for a month. Yeah, in general I don’t really care what people think about my hair, but sometimes you want to look less…sloppy? So sue me. 🙂
I also found that because I biked to work and therefore it was a “workout,” I wasn’t as motivated to go to the gym or do any other kind of exercise before or after work. 3.4 miles on a bike is NOT that much.
I also brought my lunch to work every day, which is frugal of course, but I found myself snacking mindlessly on those godforsaken bad-for-me work snacks, while I would put together my lunch. I know, I know, I’m a grown-ass woman. Just keeping it real!
During my challenge I also experienced one crazy woman, who came up beside me to yell that I should get off the road (most of the ride is on a residential side street), then she backed off and I heard her rev up the engine in her car, then pull up really fast on the side of me, inches from hitting me.
I did lose my cool at that point (not very wise) and called her a few not-so-PG-names, and then she proceeded to drive erratically, trying to run me off the road and screaming at me. Eventually she turned her car down another street, but word to the wise: let the car win! You aren’t going to convince a-hole drivers you have a right to be on the road.
So that’s my recap. I enjoyed shooting the footage and had actually done a standup while I was riding my bike to talk about all this stuff, but somehow the file got corrupted. So you get Pearl Jam instead. Probably better anyway! 🙂
So how much did I save riding my bike? I would say about $32 this month. I guess I’m willing to spend $384 per year driving and occasionally (maybe 2-3 times per week) cycling or walking to work.
Have you ever done a bike or walk to work challenge? Did you continue after the challenge was over?