January 9th, 2012
|01:37 pm - On yer bike|
I am not posting very much because I am very busy at the moment. I have interviews coming up for two quite demanding jobs - one at a University, one working for a professional association - and I have to prepare quite heavily for them. Plus teaching has begun again for the new term, and I'm trying to finish my book. I am not sure how well I will do in the interviews so I will still apply to other jobs - happytune just sent me a link to a really good one. As I said when I was feeling gloomy, I am just not getting reliable enough hours in my current job, which is a shame because otherwise steady part-time teaching plus writing would be great for me.
I got my bike serviced and some old parts replaced at Halfords, and panniers put on it. I am going to make an effort to cycle more, and drive less. I don't drive that much, not every day, but having the bike ready to go will make it even easier to cut back. For example I walk to work, it takes about 50 minutes. If I am running late I sometimes drive in. But with my bike I have another option. I can also get to the supermarket for small shopping - up to about two bags I guess will go in my panniers.
At new year I predicted that things will change for me this year - which I still believe. I was feeling frightened about that, but nine days into 2012 I am feeling more in control of the process than I was, and more optimistic.
Excellent re bike!
Just did my first countryside ride of the year, and was completely worn out afterwards. Time to get those cycling legs turning for 2012 I think.
People say 'what will you do when the weather is terrible' but the answer is just 'not use it then'. There are still plenty of other days. I am scared of cycling on busy roads, so countryside cycling might remain out of reach, but there are cycle paths all the way to town.
I've ridden year-round for a few years now, and I reckon most people over-estimate the weather thing - cycling is surprisingly cosy in winter and breezy in summer. That said, if you're mixing and matching with driving it has to be win anyway - you save petrol when you cycle in, and lose nothing when you don't.
BTW, ALDI and LIDL have cycling sales a couple of times a year where you can usually pick up a cheap, light waterproof or windproof jacket. I'll try and remember to do an LJ post if I see one coming up - they often have a nice selection of bits and bobs.
|Date:||January 9th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)|| |
Hey - good luck with those interviews. I managed to get that job I was telling you about, so I'll be changing too in a few weeks' time. Feeling nervous.
Thanks, and well done. Your travelling will get much easier at least. is it the same kind of work? You won't have any trouble with that.
|Date:||January 9th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)|| |
Same kind of work yes, but much more pressurised at least in the short term. The challenge will be not to go crazy and work all hours.
Travel - yeah, I shall be doing maybe 200 miles a week less just on the commute, which is a big plus. Come to think of it, that means I'll be saving the planet even more than you are with your bike. I am so green.
Good for you.
Cycling is a great form of exercise. I find panniers really do take a good load.
I went to work on my bike today, but I must say I was not as relaxed when I arrived as when I walk in, so I will save it mainly for non-work journeys. I think it will be good for the shops.
|Date:||January 9th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm sorry that the teaching isn't bringing enough hours. Good luck with the interviews, and I hope that one of them will work out...
It goes pretty much without saying that I'm all "Yay Moar Biking!" upon reading this post.
Good panniers (and fenders) made all the difference in how often I chose to ride (before I got rid of my car). I hope you enjoy riding more!
And good luck with the job interviews. I'm way behind in my LJ reading, but it sounds as if 2012 is shaping up very nicely for you.
|Date:||January 13th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)|| |
Good luck with the interviews, and also with the biking.