Since Jihan got her knee surgery last week and now needs to follow it up with at least two weeks of intense physiotherapy, she needed the car. While she can walk on the knee that was operated on, she can't put weight on it for too long. Both walking all the way to the clinic from the house, about a twenty minute walk at a decent pace, and walking to the bus stop, itself about 6-7 minutes away, are therefore too much for her. In short, she needed the car, so she drove me to work in the morning, with my bike, and I cycled all the way home.
I've mentioned before that I work out of town, some 36 kms by car (highway), but 42.7 kms by bicycle (smaller country roads). I thought it would take me between 1 3/4 and 2 hrs to cycle home, but my speed has really increased. I left work at 1715 and got home at 1850. It took me just an hour and 35 minutes to cycle home. Since I don't have a bicycle computer, I have to calculate average speed from time and distance traveled. I averaged 26.97 kph.
Interestingly, while I can certainly feel that I've used my leg muscles, they are not really sore. Mainly sore are my neck, back and wrists, in that order. Usually it is only my neck and wrists getting sore. This time, because I don't have a paneer, yet needed to take my lunch bag and clothing home with me, I had to wear a small backpack. This, I think, caused the backache.
Slowly, slowly, as I can scrape a few dollars together, I'll improve my setup. Anyway, despite needing a few things--cycling shoes and clipless pedals, trekking handlebar, racks, paneers and cycling computer--I am making progress on the fitness front. While last Monday's weigh-in did not reveal any weight loss, this morning I was down to 177.5 lbs, having started a few weeks ago at 187. And my speed and endurance are getting better too.