It’s been a while and a few hectic weeks here. In case you haven’t gotten the story from me here’s how things have been going down for me the past few weeks.
About a month ago we got word down in Greenville that shit was going down and all of our contracts for our Aero group got canceled. At first we thought it was just temporary, but it quickly became apparent that there would be no work for the majority of us working down there. We had the option of going to work in East Hartford CT or Cincinnati, OH. I chose Cinci since it was much closer to home (which is sounding like the right choice, East Hartford sounds like not a great town).
So three weeks ago our company brought us up for a week to scout out the Natti and find a place to live. I decided to drive up myself to go to a family wedding the weekend before the week in Ohio. Once we started working I got together with two other of my co-workers and we found a house together in East Wallnut Hill, which is roughly in-between Hyde Park and Mt. Adams (both very cool neighborhoods). After our week in Cincinnait, we had to go back down to Greenville to gather our belongings and get something of a work week done (nothing got done). We got everything packed up into a Budget truck and headed up to Cincinnati the next Saturday. We moved all our stuff in on Saturday and went to work that next Monday (I think that’s the 25th we’re at now).
The first weekend I went up to Lakewood OH and Milford MI for a few crits that went really well as evidence here:
I wrote a more detailed report for the Panther website that you should check out
if you want more info. I should start figuring out some Mark Cavendish victory salutes if I keep the streak up
Anyway the chaos has somewhat subsided for now. I drove up to Chicago for Tour of Elk Grove but missed my start on Saturday due to a faulty website (believe it or not this is the first time I’ve ever missed a race).
It was a really frustrating weekend for a good number of reasons. It’s a bad sign when the best part of a race weekend is going to a Carnival to see the worlds best cover band
One especially tough part of the move has been the commute. In Greenville I was only a few minutes from work, but here it’s a 20-30 minute drive. The hour of driving was really killing me. Instead of reducing my training volume like most normal people would probably do, I just rode till 9 pm most nights then made dinner and went right to bed, which as you can imagine sucked a whole lot.
So the obvious solution is to commute by bicycle to work. This required quite a bit of planning. First there’s nothing of showers at our office, so we had to get a membership at a racquet club next to the office. This worked out well, since all my roommates got a family membership and we got a killer deal. Second there is literally nowhere to lock up a bike, thankfully my bosses are cool with me keeping my bike in my cube (which is huge), when the weather turns foul that’ll be a whole other challenge to tackle another time.
So today was my first day of riding to work, and it went great. Even though I was pretty well prepared I was more nervous riding to work than I am before a lot of races. Regardless at 7:30 am today I rolled out into the unknown world of bike commuting.
The route to work is great considering it spans most of the metro-Cincinnati area. It goes through a parkway near Xavier University campus, then by a Jim Bean factory, then there’s an entire 5 mile stretch with not a single stop sign or traffic light. All in all it was 12 miles this morning and took 40 minutes.
Now time for a little score keeping (I’ve been doing a lot of excel at work lately, I’m in the mood). Per day I normally drive an entire hour to and from work. Today I essentially took all that time and put it into riding, since it only takes me 40-45 minutes to ride to work I tacked on only an additional 30 minutes to my daily commute. I can discount my showering in the gym since I shower in the mornings anyway, plus what ever time I’d spend getting kitted up in the afternoon would take place anyway, so why not do it at 5 when I get out of work.
Ok, so I’ve only done this one day, but today went great, I rode more after dropping my clothes off at home, and had 3 hours of riding in by 7:30.
Now it’s all a matter of self discipline…..which I have none