Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I'm Committed

Or maybe the title should be "I should be committed!" 

I just started a new job as a software developer for Xactware. It is about 25 miles round trip from my home. I committed to myself that I would bike every day to work. Yesterday was getting set up. Getting access to the showers etc. So today is the first day of the biking to work commitment.

From the vantage point of Xactware looking across Utah Valley it looks nice. A mix of clouds and blue sky. Looks like the prefect day to bike to work. But that is not what it was like while I was biking.

I decided to use my aero road bike (Giant Propel) today. Bad choice. It was windy all night, and this morning there was a bit of rain mixed into the high winds. Oh well, I'm committed. 

As I started the rain started to pick up, by the time I was headed down the highway towards Saratoga Springs the road was a flow of water and the winds were threatening to push the little bike right out from under me, or worse toss me into the rush hour traffic. 

I try to obey the laws, like stop signs and stop lights. I failed this morning. First in the driving rain the light turned red right before I got there the icy rain pelting the side of my face was bad enough that I slipped through the light. Then when stopped at the next light I tried to time it so I would start across the intersection the moment it turned green. Sitting still in that rain was no fun. However there was a turn signal at that light so my timing was off and I went through the intersection before the light turned green. 

So I guess I gave the bike haters out there more things to complain about. I'm sorry, but man that was bad weather!

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