Thursday, September 20, 2007

My commuter wifey

I usually don't post on our family blog, I leave that to Gina since she's better at it. But today I had to brag about her. I get up early to work a few hours from home before I go to class, but when I woke up today, Gina was already up and she said, "I think I want to ride to work today." After I pulled my lower jaw off the floor I said, "Honey, that's wonderful! And since I have to be to school early for a test anyway, I'll ride with you." She really liked that idea because she hadn't ridden to work yet and didn't know what bike route was the best. One good thing about Salt Lake City is that there are so many bike lanes. So we rode together to her office (Click to see the route) and then I took off for my test. Of course, 700 feet of downhill on the way to work will put a smile on anyone's face, hence these pictures on the way to work and at the office. (note the smiles at 8:00am! That's rare.)

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Now coming home is a different story because you have to go UP that 700 feet of elevation to get back home. See pics below (note Gina's expression... you may think that's a smile, but in reality 700 feet of climbing does NOT, I repeat does NOT put a smile on Gina's face. That's really her trying to convince me to pick her up in the car).

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I really am proud of her and she even says that she wants to do it more now! It's such a great way to get exercise and we didn't even have to drive at all today! That's pretty amazing, and it actually feels really good. We're lucky that we live close to most of the places that we need to go every day, and Salt Lake City makes it even easier to ride instead of drive. They say the average person is supposed to get 30 minutes of exercise most days each week. That did it for Gina and me today and it felt good.

14 comments:

The Lloyd's said...

G, you're NUTS!!!! That route is forever long! I'm actually jealous that you did that. You're awesome!

Rob, Lacy and Isabel said...

While you were doing that, I probably was sitting on the couch eating chips.

g duncan said...

By not driving for a day, I feel that I've done my part for Global Warming. Can I have an SUV now?

g duncan said...

P.S. I look SO ridiculously stupid in that yellow helmet.

Jessie said...

Way to Go!! That is awesome. The route is impressive! AGAIN, way to GO!!!

The Blairs said...

Just reading the post made me tired. That is impressive. I hate driving anywhere, but I would probably crash too much on a bike.

Tuttles said...

You are awesome!

Wildings said...

You're crazy! Actually, I'm really just jealous. I'm with Lacy, I was probably sitting on my big fat butt! Way to go G!

Peter said...

Brad, the truth is Gina scratched the car the night before and didn't want you to see it. What better way that to distract you with a bike ride! Clearly something was up.

Good work, I bike to work as well but I make sure its all flat, extra credit points for tackling the hills!

g duncan said...

Dang it! Peter is totally on to me!

Two Wheeler said...

hmmm, no wonder you didn't want me to wash the car on Saturday... ;-)

Phipps Family said...

Gina- WOW! I would never even attempt it. It's great to see how you and Brad are doing! - Sarah Anderson Phipps

The P*dunc's said...

Way to be healthy AND environmental AND frugal!

Anonymous said...

way to go g funk! I used to commute to school and work on my bike with jeff and i loved it and really miss it! em jarv