Since I moved to Northwest Arkansas, life couldn't have been easier. My commute to work is about 5 minutes from home. Some days I roll out of bed, and put on clothes, and head to work without even opening my eyes.
That is, until I started reading Mr. Money Mustache (MMM). MMM has this thing where people should be biking, everywhere, period. So I decided to try it out.
I got my road bike with skinny wheels out from my house, and put my helmet on, and went into the rain this morning to work. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Then lunch time comes in, and I realize I have a lunch date with a friend who works in a different building across town. So I asked her if she could meet me somewhere walking difference from my office. YES! Avoided using the car, again!
When I was getting ready to leave for work, I wanted to head over to the local market (8th street market) to get some chocolates as a gift. This would be a new route for me as I have not rode my bike there before. I am always afraid that I'd run out of sidewalk and accidentally swerve into the oncoming traffic. Since Northwest Arkansas is still quite rural, many of their big streets don't have side walks. All they have a patches of thick grass, or even worse, a drain ditch to drain the rainwater. PANIC! I looked up the route beforehand but of course Google has not updated their maps in 5 years and this city is completely unrecognizable every 6 months. So that was no good. I decided, there is only one way to find out. So I left the building and headed the only way I knew how to get to the market.
As it turns out, after many scary encounter (mainly in my head) of almost head-on collision with oncoming traffic, I arrived at the market safely just to find out the chocolate shop doesn't open on Mondays. SHUCKS!
I turned my bike around and pedaled home. My friend summarized this trip as a mega-success as I "worked out in the beautiful weather and did not gain any calories or lose any money!"
So the moral to this long rambling story is that, you concur your fear by doing the things, one step at a time. Maybe there is a less busy route you can take; maybe there is a less busy time that you can be on the road without cars honking at you; maybe today is the day to blast music and let traffic deal itself behind you! Whatever it is, I'd say, doing it once is better than not doing it at all!
But after one stressful day of full planning on which route to take my bike, I think tomorrow I shall treat myself with my car :)
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