Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Missed the bus...

As some of you know, the bus actually passes right by my new apartment. I got outside this morning to try to catch the bus just in time to see it whiz by the parking lot. I stepped out at 5:49. I guess I have to be out there by quarter-to-six if I want to ride the bus. Our apartment complex isn't an official bus stop, but the buses will stop if you flag them down. As such, I was just guessing what time the bus would come through, splitting the difference between the timed bus stops before and after my apartment. This morning, I failed.

In order to get to work before 7:00, I have to catch the first bus on this new route which will land me at my office at 6:41. Since I missed it, I was going to get in later than I'd wanted. Disgruntled, I decided to ride my bike in this morning. Sure, I only got about 3 hours of actual sleep. Sure, I was sleeping on a back-bending air mattress because our bed hasn't been moved yet. Sure, the cats were waking my wife and I up all night. Oh well.

I didn't quite beat the bus, but I pulled in at 6:46 after leaving home on bike at about 5:50. If I pushed it a bit harder, I might have been able to shave a few minutes off of that time, perhaps beating the bus to my destination.

I forgot to reset my bike computer this morning, so I'm not 100% sure how many miles I rode, but from what I can tell it was just about 13 miles. Needless to say, my average speed probably sucked, but I was pretty tired to begin with.


Apertome said...

It sounds to me like you were moving a pretty good clip, for a commute. I definitely don't ride as hard when commuting as I do when I ride for the sake of riding.

Apertome said...

By the way, I got a flat. I am blaming this on the fact that I mentioned on your blog that I hadn't had a flat for a while. So in a way, it's your fault. What do you have to say for yourself?

Noah said...

assuming the trip was actually 13 miles, I covered it in about 56 minutes or so. 13.x MPH average is not fast. Granted, it includes stretches of 0 MPH at stoplights. My usual rolling-time average (pauses at stops) for my old 21 mile commute was about 16-18 MPH.

I'll reset the trippometer next time I ride the whole way in. It's my guess that if I actually get a good night's sleep, I might make the trip in 45 minutes or so. I was REALLY tired this morning.

Also, about getting "A" flat. Try getting 3 of them in 2 miles, then I'll let you complain. :P Hope it didn't throw you off schedule too much.

A Midnight Rider said...

A good nights sleep? You do that?

Seems you do a lot of days on 27 seconds sleep according to your postings.

I'm with apertome and the jinx. I haven't heard from the wrench at the bike shop yet about my wheel.

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