Cycled To Work


Sent my car for service yesterday. Some ‘fly wheel’ problem, and will take 3 days before I can get it back. I did not want to hail a cab, or hassle another friend for a free ride to work. And that idea of cycling to work kicked in instantly. I cycled the night before, left the bike in the car, and the next morning drove the car to the service center, took out the bike, changed to my cycling attire, and started my first journey to work, cycling ! And yes, with the car service workers looking amazed to see me on the bike. haha..

 

Had to cycle for 16km, but with lots of hills. And on top of that, my backpack was filled with my heavy laptop, the battery charger, work attire, a thick file,and uhmm..handbag !! Mau nak 10kilo on my back tuh. It was the heaviest ever load on my back during a bike ride. Challenging ! Matter of planning. So next time dah tau, I can leave the laptop at the office, (or start utilizing the PC allocated for me!!), and leave a spare working attire there as well. The traffic was not that heavy, and I am used to cycling through a heavy traffic. But of course, safety is priority and it was quite tricky once I started cycling (with the heavy load on my back and a backpack’s strap not aligned equally..had to keep on adjusting the bag so that it’s positioned properly on my back).The legs were not fresh as last night I just did a 37km bike followed by a 10mins run. Still, the urge to cycle and try something new was stronger.

 

‘When else could I find a better excuse to do this ?!’ I asked myself. haha..of course, I did not have to tell the parentals of my little plan. LOL ! and upon reaching work, I got to shower and freshen up myself a lil,and reported duty. I was surprised that I felt ‘fresher’ and more alert after the bike ride. My colleagues (since they knew that I will be sending the car for servicing) asked how did I get to the office. I jokingly answered ‘If I cakap I kayuh mesti you tak percaya’. Their reaction to that was priceless ! LOL !! Yeah, I didn’t bother to surprise, or alarm them any further. A 5k run to them sounds far already. Anyways.. it was indeed a good experience. πŸ™‚ You might want to try to cycle (or even run) to work. Especially if you can find the safest and shortest route.

 

Kabi, another triathlete friend cycles to work on the days that he is suppose to be cycling for his training. So instead of waiting for after work or night time to cycle, he cycles in the morning. Distance to work, 40km. I know of a few other friends who also cycles to work; Abu and Yip (right Yip?). A few others run to work. Michelle Looi ran to work just the other day. πŸ™‚

 

Cycling to work (as its more convenient compared to running) is already popular and established in countries like the U.S. and U.K. In China, it is THE mode of transport. During my last visit to Beijing, bicycles were everywhere !! Even the pakcik yg jual ubi pon kayuh Giant okay !! (Even the sweet potato seller cycles a Giant!). Recently in Pulau Pinang, there was campaign for a lane (bicycle lane). It shows that the local government has interest in promoting cycling to the community. (I like, thumbs up!). Let’s do our part here. Forward this post (copy and paste lah πŸ™‚ ) to your friend, or plan to cycle to work, at least once first, to see what it is like.

 

Looking serious !

 

Attempt to take photo of that big load on the back while balancing the bike!

 

Don't be fooled, the route is not flat ! Next time should be easier, once I get the load off my back.

 

As adventurous and exciting this may sound to you, the UK government has actually a policy, guidance and scheme dedicated to promote cycling to work. Their 1999 Finance Act for example introduced an annual tax exemption which allow workers to loan bikes, and bike safety equipments as a tax free benefit . Here is the link if you would like to learn more >> Cycle To Work Scheme

 

 

On to another topic, I was feature in the ‘Ayu’ section of Harian Metro yesterday (22/10/2010)..haha. Ayu is a ‘Women and Lifestyle’ segment for this local paper. The editor made a slight mistake by not differentiating the races which I took part the last 2 years, instead of having 2008, and 2009.. everything was listed below 2010. But overall the article was good. Pretty BIG photos as well. Thanks to Faizah the reporter, mr photographer and Anu for setting up the interview. The two Ironman photos in that article (if u had the chance to see it) was taken by Jim Manan last year.One up for you Jim ! He was one of the photographers under SnapAttack (you can find em here >> Snap Attack) who provided sports photography for the big event. You can find the article online at Harian Metro website πŸ™‚ To friends who responded to this article by sending me the emails/message/sms, thank you for the encouragement and support.

 

 

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19 comments

  1. Yelah…ayu n sweet…and reading yo blog really inspired me dan menaikkan semangat nk join triathlon…will try join next year kot..hehe…

    • Hi Zaril. thanks ! πŸ™‚ *blush* your comment motivates me jugak to keep on writing and sharing about my passion in sports as well as promoting healthier lifestyle for all ! do drop by anytime, leave a comment or even any questions regarding sports !! πŸ™‚ The local triathlon community always welcome newbies and those with interest to join triathlon/other sports activities πŸ™‚ thanks again Zaril. God Bless !

    • Thanks Fong ! Very nice of you to drop by ! feel free to view pics frm the Charity Ride tuh πŸ™‚

      Have a nice day buddy !

      Julie  

      I’m doing my bit to tackle Global Warming. Join other members who are making a difference

  2. lbh kurang 5 tahun yg lalu…(bground music crita p ramlee) aku begitu bosan dgn kesesakan lalu lintas ibu kota kuala lumpur ini, aku sering terlelap ketika memandu & byk kali hampir mengalami kemalangan. Jadi satu pagi aku mengambil basikal tua ku terus berkayuh ke tempat kerja…dari hari itu aku berkayuh basikal ke tempat kerja setiap hari tidak kira hujan ka panas ka ribut ka aku akan berkayuh. ok lah Julie Imake up that story…maybe some people got that experience. I just want to get fit aje. I like to join cycle racing & don’t want to get drop lah.

  3. Salute you for cycling to work!! The idea has always been in my mind but have yet to make any attempt trying, rush hour traffic too scary. Some more Malaysian road has a lot of merge merge and need to switch lane. May not survive in the process of getting to work..haha πŸ˜›
    Yea, I bet your co-worker think you’re nuts for doing it.

    Btw, where did you keep your bike while you’re at work?

    • Hi Lie Wei !! πŸ™‚ so nice of you to drop by πŸ™‚ yeah, actually it was kinda fun. just that the bag so berat i had to keep on adjusting the strap. anyways, do it in group if you have safe and short route to work. πŸ™‚ take care dear !

      julie

      I’m doing my bit to tackle Global Warming. Join other members who are making a difference

  4. nuts ka, nutmag ka, kacang antu ka…yea I did feel…ni org kata apa plak kayuh pg kerja…cari pasal…kerja gila…menyusahkan diri…fr me that’s all part of challenge, its only mau buat or tk mau buat. I admit the first few months when I starts bike commuting to work takut juga, when encountering switch lane, exit & merge roads. From my experience we must & always use the road traffic hand sign. And if confident enough, we ride more or less speed as the moving motorists, so we are part of the traffic & feel more confident, secure & Insyaallah will survive. The bike I keep/park at the same place wth the motorbike in my office. I found a nice place against the wall, where there is a big pipe that I cable locked my bike. There is a security post very very near where I keep my bike. All the securities officer knew me already, they too look after my bike hehehe!!!

    • Hi Razli πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ i agree with you , it takes time to get used to the traffic. and of course, confidence and courage as well. happy and safe cycling for you and all aspiring cycling friends ! πŸ™‚

      I’m doing my bit to tackle Global Warming. Join other members who are making a difference

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