There’s More that One Way to Skin a Cat …

… and there’s more than one way to add to your Eddington number. Sure it’s nice to slip off for a day out on the bike with lunch with a friend thrown in – but there are also days when the miles add up just through various errands and those count too.

Take yesterday, when a suddenly busy diary meant I had to be down in Bigtown with the Pepperpots, then race back home for an online meeting at four, before heading back into town again to lead an evening bike ride. Somehow that meant I’d racked up 45 miles which (given I’m currently working on an E of 37) will do very nicely for my totals. OK, so it wasn’t anything particularly epic, but miles is miles, and my legs were certainly telling me all about it on the climb back home last night.

I think I’ve said this before, but one of the less-commonly acknowledged benefits of cycling primarily for transport is that the busier you get, the more riding you end up doing. The Pepperpots are gradually settling in but there’s still lots to be done so I’m back and forth most days, just as in-person activities are returning more or less to their normal frequency. If I cycled mainly for exercise, or leisure, it would have been the first thing to go when the going got tough. As it is, I have a built-in minimum of 15 miles a day – which means an hour and half every day on my own, with nothing to do except pedal (and not even that on the freewheel into town). Some days, when I’m slogging up the hill into a headwind in the rain, it doesn’t exactly feel like ‘me time’. But you take the rough with the smooth and I have a feeling that it’s giving me exactly the headspace that I need at the moment.

And besides, yesterday was a glorious day as the sunshine made what turned out to be a brief encore appearance. The lightest of breezes, with coolish air but warmth from the sun, followed by a perfectly calm and warm evening (and good company on the ride to boot). Days like that, it’s a privilege to be on the bike.

Tomorrow I’m off on a different sort of adventure. More on that later, if I’m spared.

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2 Responses to There’s More that One Way to Skin a Cat …

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    “…one of the less-commonly acknowledged benefits of cycling primarily for transport is that the busier you get, the more riding you end up doing. ”

    This is a good point. I was wondering why my chain and cassette were so worn a month ago, until I sat down and worked out my mileage: I’d been working further away from my apartment last year and I conservatively worked out done 6000k just commuting, which has done wonders for my waistline.

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