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Sick of Cycling? Try 30 Days of Biking

We’re eight days into April, a month that has become known to many in the Twitterverse as 30 Days of Biking, where riders pledge to ride every day of the month and document their efforts via social media.Surly LHT and cherry blossoms

I did not plan to sign up for 30 Days of Biking, but officially registered last week because I thought it would help cure what’s been ailing me of late– being sick of biking in the city.

Those of you who read this blog know that I like using my bike to go places. Usually when I ride, my commute becomes a mini-adventure.

Perhaps I seek out a street that I rarely ride down to alter up my route, or I check out an area that I have not seen in a while, just to remind myself what it looks like or see how it has changed. Spontaneous grocery runs to a store up the road from work or a meet-up for dinner by bike are not unusual.

Bartholdi Fountain and daffodils, U.S. Botanic Garden

Bartholdi Fountain and daffodils, U.S. Botanic Garden

However, over the last year I stopped appreciating my bike-centric lifestyle. I got sick of biking. Recently, I’ve been taking the most direct way to and from work. I seldom take the long way. I ride attuned to traffic, but with my head down. “What new is there to see,” says my jaded self.

Along came 30 Days of Biking and I told myself I did not need to register. Over the last three Aprils (2013, 2012, and 2011) I have ridden at least 25 days. It’s not like I’m not getting out on my bike.

But I then began thinking of how I could use 30 Days of Biking as an opportunity to bring adventure and enjoyment back to my urban riding. I signed up.

And guess what? To my surprise, it’s been working. Being part of 30 Days of Biking encourages me to pause and see something new on my regular route. Some days it inspires me to extend my regular ride in search of a new site to document. Every day I take at least one photo of my commute.

 

Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park

30 Days of Biking is just what the doctor ordered to help cure me of my sick of cycling sentiments. While spring’s colorful arrival has certainly been refreshing, it’s largely my participation in 30 Days of Biking that has rekindled my enthusiasm for everyday cycling.

The number of miles and days I ride has not changed (at least not yet), but 30 Days of Biking has given me a much-needed new set of eyes to appreciate my bike-centric life and the beauty of Washington, D.C.

To see more of my 30 Days of Biking, you can click over to my set on flickr, or follow my Instagram posts. 

#30daysofbiking Roundup

For the past couple of years, I have heard about the social media cycling phenomenon known as 30 Days of Biking. The point of the activity is to ride your bike every day in April. Then tweet, blog, or share it somehow on the interweb. Pretty simple, no?

#30daysofbiking Panda Shot

I decided to join in the fun and began the month of April with gusto, tweeting pics of my rides and tagging them with the #30daysofbiking hashtag. I even began a flickr set.

Work got busy, the brevet season kicked in, and my organized approach to #30daysofbiking went right out the window. I continued to participate, but not as tweetily.

I commuted with Felkerino:

Felkerino by the Lincoln

Took a few panda shots:

Every day is a good day for a panda shot

Rode with the zombies:

Bike lane zombie

Spent some time riding with the D.C. Randonneurs:

Living the randonneur lifestyle on the DCR Fleche

Warrenton 300K Brevet with Christian, Rick, and Felkerino

And I certainly can’t forget one of my favorite bicycling destinations, #fridaycoffeeclub:

Friday Coffee Club

Departing from Friday Coffee Club

I tracked my miles and days of riding, and my totals for April ended up as follows:

  • 26 days of biking
  • 894 miles ridden
The riding fell out into the following activities:
  • 1 fleche (238 miles);
  • 1 300K brevet (189);
  • 2 centuries;
  • 19 commutes; and
  • other miscellaneous stuff.

I’m happy with that. I took four days off the bike because I didn’t feel like riding and figured why fight it. I ended up walking those four days instead, which I’ve also heard is good for you :).

Most of all, I enjoyed 30 Days of Biking because I liked checking in on the rides of other tweeps and bloggers. It’s cool to see where we all ride and how we use our bikes, be it for transpo, utility, sport, or a mix of all three.