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Cooler Day
This morning I noted that it was finally cooler than it has been. I can step outside without immediately feeling like I'm in a sauna! Well actually that was yesterday also, but this morning I did something about it.

I rode my bike to work! I've been meaning to do this all year, but for one reason or another have no actually managed to do so. (It's about 8.5 miles, enough of a distance to feel it, but not too long.)

This morning I took a bit longer than usual, figuring out what to wear and what to pack, and pumping up my tires and stuff... I got to work late but felt and feel good about the whole thing. It was a nice ride, even if a bit windy at times. Not too hot - although I was still all sweaty when I arrived. It's interesting that I often get sweatier when I stop exercising, than when I'm actually doing it.

Anyway I stopped in the bathroom, used a bunch of paper towels and got myself more or less back to normal, changed my shirt and shoes, and settled down at my desk.

I'm glad I finally rode! Now I just have to do it more... especially since I have my bike trip coming up next month.


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From: writerwench Date: July 12th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, well done you! I used to bike to work quite regularly when I was younger and lighter, and I loved it - the problems of where to put the bike during the day and where to change into smart secretarial clothes, though, meant I'd have to reckon to arrive at work at least half an hour before the office opened to cool down, dry off, store the bike somewhere out of the way (for a while it was in an eaves cupboard on the top (3rd) floor of the building!), and get changed.

The facilities changed from one office to another, but usually there was nowhere easy, safe and under cover to store the bike during the day. Out of the question to put it in an unused room, of course... god, I've worked for some sad nasty control freaks in my time.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My office has a covered parking lot under the regular parking lot. Cars have to pay for a space, but I ride right past the barrier and lock my bike to a pipe of some sort in a corner.

It's kind of a grungy place, but it works and is out of the elements.

Cleaning up and drying off enough to put on (business casual) work clothes is the biggest pain for me.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: July 12th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have showers here at work, which is kind of nice for post-exercise, either bike to work, or volleyball at lunch.

As to the sweatier after -- that's probably cause while you're exercising, you're generating air flow that is evaporating much of the sweat as you generate it, but after you stop, you're still overheated & sweating, but it isn't evaporating nearly as quickly, so it hangs around. I find that climbing is exercise where I generally feel the sweat as I generate it, rather than after, cause it doesn't generate much airflow. As opposed to biking (or rollerblading or skating or even dancing) which tend to generate very good (to decent) airflow.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: July 12th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, yesterday was nice (about perfect, really), this morning was a bit chilly; 54*F when I left. My regular long-sleeve bright shirts are all in the bin, having been worn earlier in the week, so at first I just put on a short sleeve jersey, figuring "54* isn't so cold" but I got to the end of the driveway and thought "Yeah, I guess it IS so cold." and went back and put a long sleeve compression top on under the jersey.

70* this afternoon, it'll be about perfect. I get an extra ride too, since I have a dentist's appointment to get to in mid-day! Yay!

I like riding in the heat too, but this is a nice change. I still haven't gotten to ride in 100*+ weather yet, I think about 96 was the top so far; hopefully we've got a bit more heat in store for August.

I'm even sweaty after a ride when it's -25*. Actually I'm LESS sweaty the warmer it is, because I wear less and the sweat just evaporates during the ride. If I rode very far (like more than 40 or 50 miles) in the heat, I'd probably turn chalk white from the salt buildup. Gives the dog something to lick when I get home though.

I've noticed that a few months after I'd started riding regularly, my body just "got used" to sweating. It used to be that I'd start sweating only when I actually got overheated. Now as soon as I even start to warm up, I get wet. You can tell where I was on the floor at the TKD studio these days because there are dozens of drips all over it.
From: jer_ Date: July 12th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! I've been doing the same (although, admittedly against my will to some degree) and it feels great to be doing it. I suffer from the same "I'm done exercising, why am I sweating like a faucet NOW" thing... I thought I was alone on that one.

Thankfully, I have a shower at the gym at work, so I just pack my clothes and shower at work in the morning... or I would reek and be sweaty all day.
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