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My first long commute

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by ianrauk, 15 Apr 2008.

  1. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Very pleased with myself. Have been doing a 4half mile commute each way for a couple of years now. Decided to Cycle all the way to work. orpington to Greenwich. 13 miles door to door. Took 1 Hour 3 minutes there, 1 hour 2 minutes on the return. A lovely bright crisp day, traffic wasnt too heavy, and a lot through parks and cycle paths. Well chuffed with myself. So do I do it again tomorrow or have a rest......
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i'd try and keep it up from now on. your old commute is the same length as mine, and i know i could easily make the step up if required. even if it's tough going at first, you'll soon find it easier and enjoyable.
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    You will soon knock that down to 45 mins for 13 miles ? Keep it up !
     
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Nice one - I started with 8 miles each way, and due to a move, now have 13-14 (depending on route). The legs ache a bit by the end of the week, but it does get easier the more you do it.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    and the thing is it is 15-20 minutes quicker then my normal Bike-Train-DLR commute
     
  6. and how many times was the train late canceled?
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Well, did it again today, 57 minutes, avg 13.7mph.
    Only one wrong turn today, a dog running in front of me, another cyclist said good morning. Another lovely day for cycling.
     
  8. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Location:
    Otley, west yorks
    I started cycling part of the way to work earlier this year, (i drive halfway (ish) and cycle the remaining 15 miles or so.)

    I would be so bold as to say it has changed my life. I am fitter, way less stressed, get to se birds 'n stuff plus where i once snook into the office like a thief, i now parade around in my lycra, discomforting all present.

    It really has made me a much happier person, am now trying to build up tp the full 25 mile commute,wish i'd started years ago!

    andy
     
  9. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Well done!

    I've been cycling into the city from Kingston since last Summer.

    In that time I have only been late once.
     
  10. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    depends how you feel. My commute is about 17 miles each way, but nice & flat & mainly cycle tracks. When i first started i used to do it once a week, but built up to 3 or 4 times a week & on a good day i take 'long' cuts on the way home now :smile:
    When i first started i was doing about 1 hr 15mins, but my fastest time was about 50 mins, but that was the long way & all roads.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Hi Soltydog,
    well I did 3 consecutive days last week of the long commute. 2 days (monday & friday of the short commute) Looking at doing the full 5 days this week. Fastest so far has been 54 minutes. However with the kids in Bromley back at school, the A21 from near where to I live going into Bromley was chocker....which meant a slower ride. Though not really looking at any super speeds, just a nice cycling commute. Loving it...
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    No doubt, took up cycling again after a 20 year lay off, mile and half to station, easy I thought...pah.. how wrong was I?, ok on the way there, it was downhill. on the way back it was a killer, I had to lie down for 20 minutes to recover. It was horrible..but I perservered. Laugh about it now.
    2 years later...2 stone lighter...26 mile daily commute there and back and with 50 mile Kent ride at the weekend...glorious..
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    brill

    and it gets better and better and better