Today started out like any other Monday, sleep deprived and in urgent need of some coffee. I managed to roll out of bed at 5:30AM, keeping my promise to stick to my weekly plan! With an iced coffee in one hand and a 30 pound bag over my shoulder, I made it to the door by 6:10AM. I was ready for my workout and the work day ahead of me!
On my way to the metro I checked out the twitter feeds about WMATA as I do every morning. Today, the blue and yellow were closed down between Braddock Road and Reagan Airport, which as a daily commuter means possible chaos! As the metro rails were flooded at Potomac Yard, metro riders were forced to get off at Braddock Road and take a shuttle to the airport to continue their trip into downtown Washington, DC.
As I walked out of the station I embarked upon a sea of commuters. The crowds were calm but there was a lot of confusion. Where were all the shuttles?
While waiting for a shuttle I began tweeting up at storm (@coffeeckecardio). I think it’s important to update the community of what’s going on and to help my fellow metro riders! It’s also fun connecting with other people on twitter and having the ability to share our experiences.
47 minutes later (I had my heart rate monitor on for my workout, so I went ahead and started my stop watch) I was on a shuttle bus to Reagan Airport.
By the time I left the station, the crowd was back up into the Braddock Road station— Insane. I was on the shuttle for about 15 minutes before arriving at Reagan Airport. When we arrived there were 3 empty buses sitting at the station. OK— is it just me or are more shuttles needed at Braddock Road???? Maybe I should work for WMATA.
While waiting for the yellow line at Reagan, I received an e-mail from 94.7 Fresh FM’s DJ Kelly Collis asking to call the radio station to update them on my travels and experience during the morning commute. I was happy to call the station, LOVE them, and had an awesome interview with Kelly. The interview aired about 35 or so minutes later. My photos were even used by the local TV stations, which is awesome!
2 hours and 15 minutes later I was sitting at my desk. WHAT. A. COMMUTE!
The work day was great and I even interviewed with the Washington Post about my commute over lunch and was quoted in an article this evening.
Tonight I’m making home made pizza, topped with chicken italian sausage and am enjoying a nice glass of fruity wine!
Today was crazy, fun, wild, tiring, and thrilling but I’m looking forward to making pizza with Neal and getting up for spin tomorrow morning. Lets hope that I make it to the gym this time!