Did my first ride in this morning. Pwned by the Custis trail. That was the bad news. Worse still, I was pwned going the easy way. This afternoon's going to suck mightily.
The good news, though was that it took basically 30 minutes from the time I hopped on the bike till the time I was standing in my office. That's basically exactly how long it takes to drive. I don't dare start to actually measure average speed yet. Some lessons: if I'm going to do this regularly, I'm going to need a new bike. The good ole Trek hybrid is not going to like the longer haul and I'm going to want something that is less forgiving on bumps, but translates more pedal pushing into forward motion, especially uphill.
Most rewarding part: Zipping past needledicks like me who were stuck in traffic on the TR bridge. The route, by the way was good. Custis Trail -> GW Parkway Trail -> TR bridge -> Kennedy Center -> VA Ave and downtown.