Well... its now a month since this thread started. How are those that started riding to work getting on?
I've been riding my 28 mile commute one way 2 or 3 days a week. My time for the ride has tumbled from 1hr45min to 1hr30min; and I've learned to only time the first 1hr 15mins as the last bit is in traffic so no place to be trying to beat the clock (cooling off time). When I used to ride some of this route with a chain gang 15 years ago using the small ring on the road bike was sign of weakness. One month ago when I started I hardly used the big ring, but now I can do the whole ride in it again. I've lost nearly a stone in weight and am feeling better with more energy despite the extra miles... I'm loving that feeling.
My ride is 28 miles and 1685ft of climbing according to Strava... yes... running Strava on my commute has given me a whole other reason to get up at 5am and hop on the bike and give it some beans. Clmbing that leader board is addictive.