After riding my bicycle to work on and off for the past 6 months I have decided to attempt to ride 3-5 days a week. The ride is 11.4 miles one way and takes me between 40 and 45 mins. Over the last 6 months I have only ridden an average of 2 times per month. I continually made excuses why not to ride into work. Several factors contributed to my so called "reasons" to including: exhaustion after riding 2 days in a row, being on time for school after work, having duty and various other things. I recently read a post on the website (http://www.mapmyride.com/) I use to track my biking mileage that gave me a little wake up call. There were people biking well over 20 miles each way, 5 days a week, even in the snow and rain. This inspired me, in a way, to stop making excuses. As of today I have biked 2 days in a row and not taken a nap afterwards both days, a very phenomenal accomplishment for me (the not napping part). I will continue to do this no matter the physical discomfort, because surely it will get better, and if not I will just age faster than I already am. To ensure that I have even less excuses I purchased a new rack for my bike to include a "trunk", now I can take more stuff with me and storage should not be an excuse either. Tomorrow will be the real test due to the exhaustion I felt climbing up Linda Vista Rd. today. I have never given up on anything that I have totally set my mind to, and I don't think I will start with this. Oh yea, this is not gas or environmentally driven, I just think I could stand to loose a few more pounds and be in a little better shape. Saving on gas will just be a side effect. Gas in San Diego is now $4.36 on base (cheap) and $4.60s everywhere else and that is the cheap stuff. As far as carbon footprints go, I am not at all concerned about that either, in thousands of years people will just be able to date my effect on the earth to millions of years ago.