Year to date, I have biked to work 85% of the time. I anticipate this will increase to upwards of 90% as the year goes on. With a round-trip commute of 9.5 miles and assuming 50 5-day work weeks and sustained 90% biking (as it’s easy to drive less than twice a month), I’ll have 2,137.5 miles of commuting by bike. That’s approximately 85.5 gallons of gas saved (at 25mpg), which at a $2/gallon average is $171. Not a ton of cash, but given that it gives me 35 minutes of exercise every day on top of whatever else I do, it will help keep me in great shape.
In other news, I’ve been thinking about my Rainier plans lately. It’s a beautiful mountain and I know I’ll climb it eventually, I’m considering saving the money and time off that it would require, and planning a guided trip to the Himalayas instead. There appear to be many 2-3 week options that would cost a few thousand dollars. Triple the time off and triple the cost, for a trip that should be far, far more rewarding. I may even push Rainier to the summer and do it over a long weekend for much less money than a spring climb of Liberty Ridge would take. We’ll see.
Tomorrow night I’ll finally earn my Irish Snug Running Club shirt. I’m looking forward to it, even though that place has become a charlie foxtrot, packed with people who don’t actually run, just get primped for a night out and put on activewear instead of typical bar clothing. I’m enjoying Slattery’s run far more than the Snug lately.
Sunday should be a good day up on Berthoud Pass. I can’t wait.