Cycling to Work (JB)

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Júlíana Björnsdóttir's picture

Cycling to Work is an annual event in which members of corporations, communities and student groups participate by cycling to work. This year, the event runs from May 7 to May 27. 

Participants can also take the bus, walk or run.

It just so happens that my company is currently leading in the kilometer competition and I am very proud to be participating as part of that team. The event is not only an encouragement to get people to start the day with exercise but a wonderful way to start the day on a positive note.

I am fortunate enough to have access to excellent facilities at work, which allows me to make the 12.5 kilometer ride to work. The return journey is even a little more difficult with the steeper end of the hills along the way, so I do not have to make time for gym after work as much as before.

It’s a win-win situation.

This is also good news for the morning traffic congestion as the difference is visible.

Most cyclists wear a safety helmet and many companies distribute reflection vests to keep their staff safe and sound on the road. With much-improved cycling pathways in the capital area, it’s relatively easy to keep off the roads and enjoy beautiful scenery.

Of course, every now and then I meet an inconsiderate cyclist who speeds ahead on the wrong side of the road or simply refuses to let another cyclist pass.

But most cyclists smile at one another on the road.

The wind is both a foe and a friend; a foe because the steep hills seem steeper with it blowing in my face, and a friend because it makes me stronger and the difference in fitness is noticeable within just a fortnight.

Then it’s the rain. Combined with the wind it’s not much fun, in fact, it’s a bit like showering with a fan on. But it’s not all bad. The best part of cycling in the rain is the fact that all the midges are tucked away in a shelter of their own, and one is spared a mouthful of midges.

Those are the days when I pull out my old sneakers to protect my far-too-pretty-for-the-mud Nike Free from unnecessary dirt.

But there is nothing that beats the feeling of cycling with the sun shining high up in the blue sky with the fresh sea air gently filling the air.

It’s great to see so many people participate in this event. Some are athletic and to whom the cycling is but a leisurely ride to work. For others, it’s a real challenge. What it’s all about is the effort and the will to challenge oneself.

For whatever reason we cycle, it is a push to start the summer with a blast.

Júlíana Björnsdóttir – julianabjornsdottir@gmail.com

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