|Just a story about a girl and a bike.|
And a cute romper suit. OK, I don't have a cute romper suit.
I am in love with biking to work. It takes about 45 minutes each way and takes place almost entirely along the riverbank and a dog-walking park, so I avoid traffic and I'm in nature and I get healthy and stress-relieved while getting to and from work. PLUS today for the first time, I was able to bike up The Only Hill In Saskatoon, which I used to have to walk up. This means I've gown MUSCLES, and is a very exciting development.
If you're thinking of starting to bike commute to work (and why wouldn't you?? It's frugal AND gets you super-fit) here are my tips:
|Some people say listening to music while cycling is dangerous, but I don't.|
I also don't see a problem with cycling in wedge heels, though, so what do I know?
2. Workout Music
|Any song that makes you want to aerobicize like these people will do.|
If you're running behind schedule, I don't recommend listening to the above podcasts as the people on them talk in a very leisurely manner that don't particularly encourage you to bike quickly. When I'm in a hurry, I switch over to my workout music - tracks like Part Of Me, I Need a Doctor, Criminal Intent and Rhyme O'Clock can't help but speed up your pace. Or, if you're still late, at least you're in a good mood.
3. Cute biking clothes
|Not like this. I luuurve Florence Welch, but even she wouldn't dress like this to bike 45 minutes to work in the middle of the summer. OK, maybe she would, but she's not quite human so it doesn't count.|
4. Appropriate Work Attire
|Remember on Girls when Jessa wore the fluorescent pink underwear inside of the see-through white maxi dress? To work? As a nanny? That's what you want to avoid.|
Having a change of clothes is crucial esp. in summer, because even if it's not that hot out, by the time you get to work you will be sweaty and dying to change your clothes. Don't get creative, though - I've been burned recently by grabbing a seldom-worn dress or top on my way out the door, then I get to work and it doesn't fit as well as I thought, or I've got crazy cleavage that isn't entirely workplace-appropriate. Try out your outfits at home before heading out. Trust me.
5. At Work Emergency Glamour Kit
|You need to channel your inner Stephanie Kaye and arrive to work a mess; then emerge from the staff washroom a glamourous beast.|
You also need things to get you presentable once you're at work! Once you've changed your clothes, you want to a) use a dry shampoo (I like this one from Cake) to de-sweatify your scalp, b) reapply deodorant, c) use some blotting papers to absorb sweat from your face (I like these ones), and c) apply your lipstick. Biking with lipstick on is just not a good idea. It's not just that your hair might stick to your lips - it's that you will get live mosquitos stick on your lips and that ain't right. THAT AIN'T RIGHT.
Do you bike commute? Why not?? If I can do it, trust me, anybody can.