I also made note of a few things I need to add to my kit (a shirt with back pockets, something to secure my phone, tissues) and a number of things I don't need to bring (spare shoes). It's my goal to pare down to very little over time but for now I'm going to keep my pannier on the bike. It doesn't add so much weight that it's going to kill me or anything and I hate wearing a backpack when we commute. I thought about both a mirror and a bell but am not going to get either for now -- I need to get used to looking around me completely when I ride and that takes practice, and I don't want to mess up my handlebar setup (which I love right now) since I can just as easily use my voice to announce myself. I'm also going to hold off on getting an adjustment or those center-bar brakes until I've put a bunch more miles in. I want to be sure I want them.
I spent most of the ride shopping for my fantasy lakeside house. After I got home I soaked in the hot tub and looked at Redfin at houses for sale in the area. This one and this one are nice, but at $1.25M and $2M are indicative of just how inaccessible that lifestyle is. Maybe someday.
Anyway, look how cute our little training group looked:
I have to fix the eating and meeting part of coming back to work though. I stopped by The Garage on my way back to the office and got a really proteined-up salad and scarfed it down at my desk before running a team meeting an hour after the end of class. I made it but I felt like throwing up the whole time. That exhaustion and the beans and greens in my belly just created this churning yuckiness. I'm going to try to remedy that next time by having a snack an hour or two before class and then bringing something comforting like a peanut butter sandwich to eat at my desk after. I'll get to try that tomorrow, when we're taking Aina's class together.