I stupidly sprained my ankle real good bouldering at the gym, and I'm out of the race season for the moment. I'm fucking PISSED, because I've been training and was doing really well out there. I'm working on not spiraling down into a despair pit about it, and the beautiful weather helps. On the bright side, my job provides E-assist bikes for those who want to use them for commuting, and my commute is possible as a result. The moment I started riding it, I said to myself, "Fuck me for anything bad I've ever said about ebikes." They're wonderful. I DO, however, miss looking extremely tough on my bike. The ebike is... very laid back. Like, this morning I was drinking coffee while riding. I mean, it doesn't do the work FOR you, you still have to pedal and do all the things to make it move like a regular bike, but there's a slight assist on the pedaling. So, going twenty miles an hour against the wind is pretty cushy instead of a workout, but you still have to put the effort in. These bikes are a fantastic resource for people with mobility problems or if your fitness level just isn't up to a bike commute, but you'd like to commute that way anyway. The downside is they're very expensive and heavy. Hauling them up or down stairs would be the toughest workout they provide, but if you have a secure garage, they're a dream.
It even has pannier racks, and I've been using them. This is different, but I can't say I hate it.