Since that ride, I’ve been trying to get acclimated to riding with the warmer weather by biking home 2-3 times a week after work, on top of the long weekend training days. The commute from work can be anywhere from 20-30 miles depending on the route. Since I can’t exactly show up to my day job in biking gear, I’ve had to poke around for alternatives. I have a few pieces from the Betabrand Bike to Work line as is, but these pants and shoes are my new favourites!
cocoon sweater: F21 via Kim‘s closet
racer-back tank top: H&M
Bike to Work pants: c/o Betabrand (exact)
FlipSlip shoes: c/o Betabrand (exact)
Reid backpack: Hershel Supply Co (exact)
elk antler necklace: Sticks & Stones (exact)
On top of getting a new backpack (so that I don’t look like I’m going hiking/on my way home from college classes), these Betabrand FlipSlips have been a huge lifesaver! I usually wear heels to work, but I can’t exactly cycle properly in them. I got a chance to try out these FlipSlips, which roll up conveniently and lightweight and easy enough to stash in my backpack to tote to work and ride home in. Much like the Bike to Work Dresspants, these pair also have a reflective flat that folds out of the back pocket. Having the flag definitely helps put my mind at ease, especially some nights when my commute home from work is a bit later in the evening and the sun starts to set.
It’s been a little tough trying to balance real life with bike training (literally all of my hours can either be placed in buckets of: at work, on a bike, or in bed), but I owe it to myself to know that I trained as hard as I possibly could for STP! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and it won’t be scorching hot 3 weeks from now, but we’ll see what happens on the weekend of the ride!