Tonight I was at work until almost 10. The T rules allow you to take your bike on after 7pm, and I considered it- I was tired and I have a long day tomorrow (hence the late night tonight).
There was a post I read recently about "normalizing your commute" It was mainly about gearing up to prevent excuses for not commuting (trailers, raingear, lights etc). But it spoke to me about how people make excuses not to ride. Oh, it's rainy, Oh I'm tired, Oh, I'm running late. Oh, the logistics of meeting people and carrying things and getting places are complicated.
This morning it was spitting at me most of my ride in, although I didn't really get wet, and I'd brought raingear just in case it started to come down. I thought for about 2 minutes while I was brushing my teeth about taking the T, but I was running late, and when you factor in the walk at both ends, it's faster to bike. So before I really knew it I was on the bike and headed East. My legs were MIA- didn't sleep well or maybe it was the heat, but hey, I was already riding, and I just spun my way over the bridge, and summoned all my energy for the ride up the Cambridge street hill.
And tonight- honestly, I barely considered taking the train. I'd have to lug Gilbert down three flights of stairs (or take the smelly urinal-elevator) wait for a train in the hot humid station, hold him to keep him from tipping on the ride home, lug him back up the stairs. It wouldn't save me any time to take the T, and it wouldn't be much easier, all said. Having a system for carrying things, a habitual route, a set of lights that you don't have to fuss with, are all important- mostly because once you have them, you don't have to think about them. Plus, I learned back when I first met Robert in Italy that riding home cures the mental ills of the day in a way no train ride will ever do.
I'm not a hero, or a martyr or some kind of superwoman, it's partly just habit, and it's partly just easy.
But mostly it's just more fun.