Bike to Work Day 2015

Metropolitan Branch Trail sign.
I biked to work for the first time in months. (The last time I biked to work, according to my logs, was– January? Was it that long ago?) I got up bright and early, not only to beat the crowds, but because I also needed to get to work early. I rode to my new pit stop and had a friendly conversation with one of the volunteers as I picked up my t-shirt, fruit, and a granola bar. I passed by a couple more pit stops along the way, but I kept going.

I’ve recently discovered the East Coast Greenway, and have been using part of the route to get to and from work. The East Coast Greenway is a series of connecting trails and bike-friendly roads from Maine to Florida. If you watch for the signs (at the top of the photo above), you can navigate your way on the route. The section of the Greenway nearest to me conveniently dodges the big hill before the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which adds a little more mileage, but it’s worth it to me to not feel wiped out when I arrive at work. (I realize that climbing up the hill is a point of pride for bicyclists. I’ve climbed it many a time, but I don’t feel like I need to do it every time I go to work. Call me a wimp.)

It was a beautiful May day, and I felt great. I wish I could have stayed outside, but I went to work instead.

A Few Thoughts on Freezing Saddles 2015

bike in snow
Freezing Saddles is a friendly competition by the Washington Area Bike Forum (aka Bike Arlington Forum). Basically, you bike from January 1st to the last day of winter (March 19). You gain points for every day and every mile you ride. You are assigned a team, and the team and individual with the most points win. Other prizes are given for side-bets and for any kind of dubious honor one can think up, such as the longest ride, or the lowest average miles.

It’s a fun way to encourage people to keep riding throughout the winter. It’s also an opportunity for statistics geeks to go nuts and parse the data in every which way possible. So, with that in mind, let me present a few pointless stats of my own.
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