Yeah! I feel great!
Okay, I wrecked out my beater-car last week, so I have no car. But now I'm thinking that I may not actually bother to find a replacement car right away. I would have never thought that I'd say this, but living 10 miles from my place of work actually doesn't require a car. I've come up with a great way to save money, not have a car, and get in some bitchin' exercise, all from biking to work. I'll be rich and good-looking, right?
Here's a Google Maps version of the route that I take to/from work: Google Map
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This yields about 1-1.5 hours of good aerobic activity (depending on how hard I ride) for every day that I do it. Now that I'm really trying to eat better in order to lose "the man-bewbs," this is a really great thing, and will complement the evening lifting I've been doing in the garage with Eric's weight bench.
The negative to all of this (actually, there are a few things): it takes about 30-40 minutes to bike in (which isn't that big of a net loss of time, considering a 15-20 minute car ride, then a 10 minute walk in from the Stadium lot on the far West side of campus to the lab) and about 10 or 15 minutes to cool off and another few minutes to use the shower that we have here in our lab. The bike seat also starts really hurting after 15 minutes, which makes the 2nd half of each ride a bit uncomfortable and, ahem, cuts off circulation *down there*. Just have to shift around, stand on the pedals, etc... still, a serious annoyance. The other thing is that it requires an extra change of clothes each day, which I have to carry in in a backpack. Oh well, more laundry. I need to figure out where I can hang my towel here at work without cluttering up the office I share with the undergrads.