Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. And so I decided to give up Hypermiling for Lent.
I am not giving Hypermiling up just so I don't need to be that annoying guy in the right lane that speeds up and slows down. Rather the goal is to let my commute be devoted to meditation on Jesus Christ. In addition to this I won't be listening to NPR or any radio/music... just wind and road noise!
Observance of the Speed Limit... NO SPEEDING!
Use of Cruise Control on Highway
Less aggressive gliding is OK but Pulse & Gliding is NOT OK.
Turning off engine at stop lights is OK.
Right Lane Driving... No passing.
No use of the heater.
I will still be using my Block Heater, grill block, WAI, etc.
I will still be recording my mileage so it will be interesting to see what I average over the next 40 days.
By the way yesterday was Fat Tuesday so I ate 5 JBC's (Jr Bacon Cheeseburgers) from Wendy's and Pulse & Glided from 55mph to 40mph with my hazards on
Nope... It's way too easy for me to listen to the bible or sermon on CD compared to meditating. On today's ride it was amazing to feel how UN-Busy I felt when not P&EOC, excessive Shifting, and excessive glancing at the speedometer & tach. An Un-Busied mind is what I need right now.
My mindset isn't to just give something up, good or bad. My mindset is to meditate on Christ while sacrifice something, in this case hypermiling. I was raised Catholic too. As a good Catholic Altar Boy, what Lent meant for me was no burgers or Pepperoni on my Pizza or burgers on Fridays. Now it means much more than just giving something up.
Let me tell you it was a lot more of a struggle commuting @ 55 mph with no radio rather than P&EOC between 60-50mph (45 when I can) with the radio on. There's almost an adrelnaline rush that I receive from hypermiling. If you're an aggressive hypermiler with a majority of your commute being the highway, try going steady throttle with no radio... you'll probably be surprised how much harder it is than you think.
Doesn't hypermiling become second nature after awhile, just another way of driving, so much that it doesn't require any extra attention/concentration? I do EOC, turn off the engine at stop lights etc. w/o giving it a second thought. I often find myself in a different state already when I'm driving/hypermiling.
I'm a recovering Catholic, so even if I were to gain some extra concentration or meditation time from not hypermiling, I wouldn't spend the time pondering my former religion. More power to you, though.