Monday, 11 May 2015
My regular cycle commute is about 17km from door to kitten. It's fun, even in the dark, although I've been getting a bit paranoid about wallabies running out onto the road on the big downhill stretch as there seem to be a lot about lately.
During school holidays it's pretty easy to get 3 days of commuting, but during the term it's a little more difficult as Jon is not always able to drop the kids off or pick them up and of course they need to get to swimming or guides or wherever after school as well. So during term time I'm pretty happy to get two return trips in a week and Monday (today) is normally the day I can definitely ride but today my riding buddy Clare was feeling sick, it was raining, and I also had to drop the car off at the service centre in the morning and they only opened at 8am (we usually head off at about 7:10 to miss most of the traffic). So I got a lift into work with Jon and the kids and cleverly put my bike on the roof so I could ride home. It was only as I unloaded the bike at the other end that I realised I not-so-cleverly left my bike lights charging at home. bugger.
I immediately decided that all was not lost, as I work near the outdoor shop Kathmandu which sells bike lights, so as I pushed my bike inside my office, I wondered how much I would pay for a bike light I would only need for this one ride.. and quickly decided that my limit was about $25. Any more than that and I'd just get a lift home with Jon. Then I realised I effectively quantified the value of
that particular ride to me.
So that's interesting..what about other exercise sessions.. I wonder how much I'd pay to go for a run - say for example if I left my running shoes at home and I had a nice lunch time run planned - would I go and buy a pair of $100 running shoes? nah I don't recon. But I would buy a pair of socks! And I'd probably buy a pair of goggles, but not a pair of bathers for a swim. Interesting. Of course the price is also dependant on when you think you will next get the opportunity to do that particular activity - if you only get to run once a week, maybe that new pair of shoes is looking more attractive, but if you run every day you might decide to skip it rather than buy some socks.
So did my ride end up costing $25? Well I remembered that my boss leaves his kitted up bike parked at work permanently so I've temporarily borrowed his lights - so that means I get I'll get a free ride home (normally valued at $25) ! So, extending that thought further, in fact I've actually saved $25 I can spend elsewhere! yay!