I was just scrolling back through the blog since tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, because I couldn’t remember what I did for Lent last year. Not everyone partakes in giving something up or taking something on, but I tried to take it seriously the past 2 years. 2 years ago, I wrote around 40 letters. Why? Just because. Some were love notes to friends and family. Some were notes to “get things off my chest” that hadn’t been said. Some were hard to write. Some were easy. It was a really hard challenge though and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a really thoughtful activity. Last year I took on house cleaning (house had to be clean each Sunday to be prepared for each Monday morning to start fresh). That brought deeper meaning and discussion between David and I about house responsibilities which was a big take-away. (note the red below for some changes). I also gave up chips which sounds trivial, but I am not a huge snacker, but when I do want a salty snack, it’s usually chips (hello mexican restaurants!). So that was pretty hard too, since mexican is our go-to for sure.This year, David had the idea that we do something green for Lent. So we’ve discussed both riding our bikes to work during Lent. It’ll force us to unplug and be aware of our surroundings, it’s healthier than driving, it’s more energy efficient and cost effective, and it’s better for the environment.As of this second, I have full intentions to start that this week and I have to say, for whatever reason, I’m pretty nervous! Maybe it’s because I’m so reliant on my car, my morning NPR, my morning coffee, and my morning “time” that I will lose a bit of, but I am pretty excited to try something that makes me nervous. And y’all, the worst part. It’s like less than 4 miles. I should bike everyday. Our dog-walking loop is around 3 miles, and I do that daily walking, so I can easily bike 4 miles. It’s hilly though, and it’s new, so that’ll be a change. But maybe I’ll like it more than I am anticipating I will, so we’ll see. Here is some of my current motivation.So this is it, my public declaration. I’ll do my best rain or shine (literally)–please don’t snow anymore in SC—to ride to and from work, AND to get to work in time to change clothes real quick and clean up. Here’s hoping.
Any cyclists out there reading, feel free to give me some tips for riding up giant hills, for quick changes at work, commuting tips, all-weather riding, and any other advice you feel like sharing. It’ll all be gladly appreciated!
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