Here I am! Don’t worry, I’m still here. I am not forgetting about this little blog of mine. Not at all! But I would be lying if I said I didn’t neglect it a little bit this week, wouldn’t I? Work has been crazy pants this week. I currently have five investor visas up for interview in December and January, three new retainer agreements to send out and two family-based permanent residence cases to file in the next few weeks. Oof! That’s a lot.
In case you were wondering about the meaning of my blog’s name, I’m a self-employed immigration lawyer. Other than immigration law, I also practice criminal defense and some business litigation, but the former is seasonal in my case as I represent mostly Canadian citizens.
That’s right, I’m the visa runner!
Other than that, yesterday I suffered a huge UC flare up that caused my temperature to spike to 103. Needless to say, I was feeling very ill. Kind of like a truck was running over me and going back and forth 100 times. I was too ill to bike back home (yes, I’m biking to work now—more on that in 30 seconds!) so Gavin had to pick me and the bike up at the office. I immediately got into bed as soon as I got home and drank icy water with Gatorade while Gavin was making me a dinner of cheesy turkey pasta. Thankfully, two Tylenols got my fever under control so I started feeling better around 8pm which led to a talk fest on the couch instead of sleeping, which is what I should have been doing. Awww. I will never learn.
So, some news on the fitness front! I’m so excited to announce that I’ve decided to trade my car for my bike to commute to work. Please meet my beloved bike:
It’s a Specialized bike that I received as a birthday gift from my parents two years ago. Gavin and I had our bikes stolen a few months before that and we were devastated. I’ve learned a lot about bike security since then but I’m still nervous every time I have to leave it anywhere, even though I now use a very secure Guard lock that comes with insurance. Touch my bike, and I’ll kill you.
So anyway! My office is 4.25 miles from my house and it’s a nice flat course that takes me through two of the most beautiful, most prized Fort Lauderdale residential neighborhoods. I’ve always taken the car to work, which takes me through a shittier course of traffic and highly commercial neighborhoods replete with car dealerships. I’ll take the former, please.
I’ve always wanted to ride to work but I used to think it was not realistic because of the car traffic and the fact that the bike limits how many things I can take with me to work. And let’s face it: with all the running I was doing, adding a 9-mile bike ride every day would have been way too much exercise. I can tell you that I would NOT be riding to work if I was still marathon training. That would be a recipe for overtraining, injury and fatigue for sure.
But now that I’m not running or training and that the cooler winter temperatures are slooooowly making their way here (Mother Nature is still working on that one), what better time than taking up biking to work? Not only do I get to kill two birds with one stone by commuting and working out at the same time, but I’ll also save gas $$ and wear & tear on the car. My car thanks me for getting to stay in the garage and not fry in the sun all day anymore.
So, now on the safety and carrying issues. There’s no doubt that biking is more dangerous than driving. I don’t think I need to explain why. It’s not so much because the risk of crashing is high, but that if you do crash on a bike, you have zero protection. You have to be aware of your surroundings at all times and be very careful when crossing intersections. Thankfully, my rides take me primarily through residential neighborhoods with little traffic. There’s only one major road I have to cross and I make sure to do so on the pedestrian pathway and to wait until the little white man signal comes on.
And how do I carry stuff? Well, I’m shopping for a seatpost rack and a rear bag to carry food, work clothes and the bike lock. Until I find the right one, I’m using a camelback as a backpack and I stock my office fridge with my lunches during the weekend so I don’t have to carry my tupperwares every day. Work just fine, although I will appreciate not having any weight on my back once I find the perfect rear bag! I really like this one:
But all that being said, I LOVE riding to work! It puts me in a good mood in the morning when I get to the office and makes me excited for the ride back home. My ride is a moment all to myself; a little bit like my runs were. It makes the non-running part a tad bit more bearable.
On this note, I will end this post and return tomorrow with a movie review! Stay tuned…
Does anyone reading this bike to work? Do you bike for fun? Mountain or road biking? Please share your love for biking with me!