So, this isn't a "new year's resolution" per se, but the timing is right. Here's the plan:
- Ride my bike to commute
- Get healthier
- Be happier
Why am I doing this? There's a few reasons. In case the title wasn't totally clear, I'm overweight. I want to live long enough to see my great-grandchildren. I want to look and feel better. I hate giving money for oil to groups overseas who don't like Americans. I hate paying to fix the car. And I'm cheap.
And so it starts. I really do have a bit of a plan. For now I'm doing a mixed-mode commuting by driving to the bus station (1.5 miles), riding the bus to the train (~13 miles), riding the train to the station nearest the office (~7 miles) then walking from the train station to the office (~1/4 mile). Step one will be replacing the driving and walking with bicycling. Step two is to gradually bicycle more and ride the bus less until the bus portion is eliminated. Step three is to gradually eliminate the train as well.
How long will all this take? I have NO idea. I've never been into exercise, health, training, or anything related to this. I'm doing and researching simultaneously - so I expect to make lots of mistakes. Hopefully none of these mistakes result in an injury (either from over-exertion or crazy drivers) and I stick with it until it isn't a project anymore and is a lifestyle.
Keep checking in, there's going to be a lot more to come.