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The Slackers Guide to 30 Days of Biking

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Today marks the 6th day of biking for the 30 Days of Biking. I hope everyone is sticking to their pledge as best as possible!

Unfortunately, I haven’t done any epic rides during these first 6 days but my butt has sat on the saddle and my feet have pedaled some distance each day thus far. For everyone that is struggling to find the time to hit their bike rides I give you my guide to slacking your way through the next 24 days!

Start with small distances

Are you riding around the block? Down a hallway at work? Great, you’re getting on the bike and that is ALL that matters for 30 Days of Biking.

Earlier is better

Pedal your bike around the block as early as possible and then forget about your pledge until tomorrow

Make it achievable

Determine a daily task or distance that you normally walk that can be achieved by bike (mine is checking the mailbox). Make this task your fail-safe if you had absolutely no opportunity to ride your bike that day. Simply jump on the bike and check the mail, or ride down to the stop sign and back before you head to bed.

Treat yourself

Hang a carrot out in front of those handlebars, I personally enjoy riding for ice cream!

Don’t over commit

This isn’t meant to be an epic undertaking of riding 1,000 miles a month. In fact, I think I have ridden <20 miles in the first 6 days of this pledge.You don’t have to bite off more than you can chew. Do what you can with what you can. As long as you are getting on your bike, in any fashion, you are doing better than most!

Stop stressing

This is meant to be fun, to kick the dust off the tires. Enjoy it and don’t stress!

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30 Days of Biking Starts Today!

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April 1st brings bad jokes, hints of spring and a great program called 30 Days of Biking.

30 Days of Biking, whose fourth year begins April 1, has one rule: Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online.

Take the pledge with me and enjoy your April on two wheels. Personally, this is going to mean borrowing bikes, trying Bike Share in different cities and putting effort in to ride a bike once everyday as I travel but I am excited in the challenge, and I am excited to share my month on two wheels with you!

#30DaysofBiking Update

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30 Days of Biking It has been over a week since updating you about my 30 days of biking challenge, so here is a quick update.

Day 1 : A 19 mile road rideCharlotte Commuting

Day 2: A daily commute of 5 miles to Davidson, NC – take the bus from there to Charlotte and then a mile commute.  In the evening I reversed it

Charlotte Commuting
Day 3:
I only did the end of day commute, riding the bus completely stinks and makes me feel that I’m in a 14 ton coffin.  Avoided it for the past week.

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Carson Street Station

Day 4: em:pwr cycling lunch time group ride and then the bus/commute home.

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Day 5: A early morning mountain bike ride before work.

Day 6: Rode my mountain bike into the weekend by knocking out 12 miles after work on the singlespeed 29er.  I also scurried home to build up the new Airborne Goblin 29er.

Airborne Goblin in the Trunk

Day 7: A shake down mountain bike ride at Lake Norman State Park.  Adjusting my cock pit, getting used to gears and suspension

Road Riding the Airborne Goblin

Day 8: A 28 mile road ride on the 29er mtb for fit and adjustment reason

Girls on Bikes

Day 9: 7 mile afterwork mountain bike ride

Day 10: Built up a friends new Airborne Goblin, tweaked his new Stevens cyclocross bike and test spun around.

Day 11: (Today)  Changing out some bits on my Goblin and beating it up around the block.

#30daysofBiking Day 2: The First Commute

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Osprey Talon 22 backpack

I mentioned over this weekend my goal of getting back in to commuting.  To try commuting for the first time since my accident in October.  That is a super long time to be off the commuting habit!  This past Monday was Day 2 of the 30 days of biking, a great day to try bike commuting. What better day then today?

A 6 mile ride to Davidson, NC, then an hour long bus ride, and then the mile to work from the bus station.  The mile through Charlotte was my worry, stupid ass drivers cutting me off and putting the fear of death in me.  One commute in, work and then it was time to ride home.   The ride home was going to be the kicker, this is the time I was hit.  I had to ride THROUGH the intersection, I had to pass my skid mark.    I made it through, freaking out the whole way.

There is so much for me to write to get the feelings and thoughts out but now isn’t the time and I’m not there yet.  I commuted again today (Day 3 of 30days) and will be writing up the experience in the morning.   There is still a good amount of mental milage to make up and I hope I’m strong enough to do it.

#30DaysofBiking Day 1: A Simple Road Ride

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30 Days of Biking

During April there was a little event called 30 Days of Biking.  The goal was to get your butt on a bike during the 30 days of April.  A wrench was thrown into my gears during April quickly and I didn’t get nearly all the 30 days (or half of it.)  I’m making my own version of 30 Days of Biking in May, everyday a bike ride, everyday a new adventure.

Starting the 30 days of biking off with an easy spin.  19.93 miles, a normal loop from my house that I’ve enjoyed over the past few years.  Given the fact I hadn’t been on the road bike in a couple weeks, I felt great and was excited to feel that good!!!  I mentally was trying to get back in the feel of things as the next day, Monday, my goal was to try commuting by bike again.

Here’s to riding for the next 30 days!

30 Days of Biking Starts Today!

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April marks many things.  April fools, spring showers, flowers, bike racing, major league baseball and many other things.   It also marks the month of biking.  30 days of biking to be exact.

30 Days of Biking

The only rule for 30 Days of Biking, April 1–30, 2011, is that you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We believe biking enriches life, builds community, and preserves the Earth.

Registering will shoot your name onto our master participants list, setting your name in virtual stone. Interaction from here is up to you! Bike every day, then tweet (using #30daysofbiking) or blog, or Facebook, or Flickr, or Tumblr, or Daily Mile, or write a snail mail letter about it. Make videos and songs. Be pleased as punch you’re biking and fulfilling an awesome goal.

How We are Getting Involved

This is something I find very exciting and I’m glad to participate.  The guys behind 30 days of biking have an amazing idea in place, hopefully we can inspire more butts on bikes!

Some examples of how I’ll be getting on the bike… today I’ll run to the bike shop 3 miles from work on bike bike.   Tomorrow I’m racing.  Sunday I’ll do a recovery ride.  During the week if I can’t do a true ride, I’ll do my errands around work on my bike.   Even if its a bike ride down the greenway to take photos.   Do it, I promise every time you stretch your legs around those pedals turning, you’re body and soul will thank you.

Go sign up now!  30DaysofBiking.com