I made the decision to get back on my bicycle in September 2017. Being dreadfully out of shape and having been away from riding for so many years meant I had to start small. I started with one two-mile lap around my neighborhood each day, no matter long how it took me, (and it took me quite a while on that first day !). Once I started to regain some strength and endurance, my next goal was to go for longer rides, (not "faster," but seeing how my body reacted to spending more time on the bike). By the time spring 2018 arrived, I had worked my way up to riding 5 - 10 miles per day.
With my strength and endurance continuing to improve, I decided I was ready to tackle my next goal - ride the bicycle to work. This seemed completely doable. Distance-wise, it's not that far, (about 5 miles). I've reached the point where a 10-mile roundtrip ride is no problem for me. The difficulty level isn't that bad either. There are a couple of decent hills along the route, but nothing I can't handle. Working 2nd shift meant I would be riding home from work at 11 PM. Walmart was happy to sell me a set of lights to take care of this. The only unknown remaining was that of energy level. I know I can ride 5 miles to work and ride 5 miles back home. Adding eight hours of work in between could get interesting. There's only one way to find out.
On this day, I decided I was ready to give it a try and see what happens. I loaded all of my work stuff, (uniform, lunch, etc), into a backpack and hit the road !