That is a super bike commute. Is the earth flat where you live?
14 miles here would be quite the commute b/c of the hills. I've done it but I am far from presentable afterwards.
When I travel through flat states I actually have daydreams of riding distances like that casually for work and fun.
The Netherlands: flat as a pancake and very bike friendly. I do have a friend that has a 16 mile commute she bikes. Every. Single. Day. Rain or shine. She is incredibly badass.
I was just starting to type all the reasons why I can't/won't do it but I realize I'm being a complainypants. I have done the bike commute (13 miles one way) a few times before and I did enjoy it. I stopped because it was just a bit too much for me.
So let's see if I can't talk myself into this...
- It would take a long time: yep. It's not a workout, it's a commute. It's okay not to race to get there fast and gushing sweat out of every pore. Enjoy the ride, take it easy.
- I don't like being sweaty and then meeting clients: if I leave early and bring a change of clothes, I can wash up a bit and be fresh as a daisy before my coworkers arrive, let alone clients.
- I would have to leave home at 6AM: that's not bad, lay out everything the night before and just get up at 5.55. Munch on a banana whilst biking. It's already light at that time (at least during summer), so it shouldn't feel like the dead of night. And biking will wake you up gradually, so my brain can remain in zombie mode easily.
- It's too tiring: that's because I am in terrible shape. Biking is really the solution.
- Morning commute might be okay, but I don't want to lose too much of my evening time: well, that's true... I enjoy having friends over for dinner, I have a little sidegig right after work one night a week and also need to have some downtime. When evenings are short, every hour counts. I suppose this'll take a bit of planning. I should realize I am swapping my time for something I really need to care about: my health.
- It might rain: it might well rain, it's the Netherlands after all. That's why we have rain coats and rain pants. I'm not made out of sugar.
- My butt will hurt: that's because it's soft and flabby.
Maybe it's all about balance. Biking every single day is not in the cards right now, as I have planned meetings/dinners/sidegigs for 2-3 nights a week for the coming 2 months. So maybe I'll start biking 1 day a week. That leaves me with some downtime as well.
So that 75 year old bad ass geezer made me feel like a total wuss. See if I can up my badassity.