Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Take That, Old Man Winter!

by Tom Bozzo

I'm pleased to announce that today was the first day of my 2008 bike commuting season. In 2006, my first year of serious riding, day one (documented here) was on 26 April; last year — with fifty fewer inches of snow — I started around 21 March.

This time 'round, I didn't bother to wait for the ice to clear from the neighborhood streets, and am also willing to ride with slightly subfreezing morning temps. This led to a Mutual Admiration Society event, as I patted my slightly younger brother (who turned 39 today) on the back for running a half-marathon after his triathlon training class on Sunday, and he reciprocated with me (the same age for 2-1/2 weeks) for what by mid-Atlantic standards is polar bear emulation. Needless to say, he's far ahead in the Actual Earned Credit department.

On the '06 ride, I'd felt glad that I was avoiding the $3.13 premium gas of the day. The last fill-up was for $3.30 before the usual reformulation spike, so I'm pretty sure I won't have trouble covering the variable costs of cycling this year.

UPDATE: Wow, am I out of step with the times; the University Avenue stations' premium unleaded prices are $3.53 today (12 March). I sure am glad I have a full tank and hardly drive.

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