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Still here …

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

It’s hard to believe it’s been over four months since I posted anything here. It’s a travesty!

I’m still here, but school and my contract work have been keeping me busy. I haven’t been riding much. I was at least commuting most of the time through late February, but then I got out of the routine of commuting by bicycle for most of March. I did manage a couple road rides during that time, but nothing else. Instead of riding to class, I took the bus a lot, and sometimes even drove (due to an odd set of circumstances, we ended up with a second car, so driving is an option for me now, although parking is expensive near campus).

A number of my bike/blog friends are doing 30 Days of Biking during April, that is, riding every single day in April. I’m not doing that, but I have at least started commuting every day again. I’m a creature of habit, and I feel like I’m already back in my riding routine.

One thing that is interesting to note is that there is a massive amount of construction in Bloomington right now. Anywhere you drive, the construction is an obstacle. However, my bike commute route is completely unaffected. I guess those low-traffic roads just don’t need as much work, and they are less likely to be undergoing “improvement.”

I’ve also been having a few health issues, nothing serious but enough to prevent me from riding at times. Nothing serious, I think, but I have a doctor’s appointment coming up, so hopefully we can figure out some of the problems I’ve been having.

School is great, I’m loving it and learning a whole lot. It is, however, sapping all my energy. I almost got out for a ride on Sunday but then had to spend the day working on stuff for a project. I’m hoping I can get out for something more than a commute soon.

 

7 Responses to “Still here …”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Ironically, I just visited and was wondering if you’d given up. I’m glad to see you haven’t, even if there is a lot else going on. School IS great!

  2. Pondero Says:

    Great to hear from you again! I totally get the life distractions thing. I make a plan to ride X hours one week, and then spend 3 days on a business trip. I even take my bike but often these trips require much more than 8-hour days. So the bike stays in the truck. Every ride is a victory over busy-ness.

  3. John Romeo Alpha Says:

    If something is going to sap your energy, school is definitely one of the worthwhile sappers. You may have to sneak one in sometimes, as in, before you realize what you are doing, being tired and all, just go through the motions of getting ready for a ride, including the part where you get on the bike and start riding, without really thinking about it too much. I sneak one past myself all the time, and tend to feel less sapped once I get going.

  4. Jon Grinder Says:

    I am glad to see you back. Sounds like your riding schedule and mine are close to parallel, this year. Projects have a way of taking up all the “spare” time, don’t they?

  5. Tim S Says:

    We’ve come up with a new philosophy down here: “GearAcquisitionSyndrome or Excuses”. GAS or Excuses. It all boils down to one of the two. And you are decidedly using the 2nd card.

    =) At least you’re missing riding for something you enjoy. Imagine if it was only b/c of a miserable job.

  6. Steve A Says:

    See, you weren’t forgotten!

  7. John Says:

    I’m unintentionally on course for the 30 days of biking in April. Haven’t missed a day yet, but then again there hasn’t been any bad weather.

    Good to see your thinking of us also. Keep us posted.

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