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. π 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. π
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 π ) to your friend, or plan to cycle to work, at least once first, to see what it is like.
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 π To friends who responded to this article by sending me the emails/message/sms, thank you for the encouragement and support.