A good workday for civil litigation attorney Auden L. Grumet ends with a night bike ride of 25 to 50 miles. There would be no crashes and he'd return home with the answer to a thorny legal issue or the persistent line for a poem running through his head.
"There's no better feeling than getting back from a nice ride," said solo practitioner Grumet. "But when I bang out a good poem -- that feels really good, too."
Grumet specializes in consumer protection and advocacy, credit disputes and real estate/mortgage issues, including home loan modifications.
The Daily Report spoke with Grumet about how his active lifestyle and his writing enhance his career and life.
When did you first become interested in cycling?
My first long cycling experience was with a school group in 1987. I was 16. We rode 600 miles to Dauphin, Ala., in five days. I was a terrible student when I was younger and was expelled from three schools. I didn't do anything really bad, but I would get in trouble for running my mouth and not doing what I was told. My dad found a school that focused on vocational learning, biking and camping trips and, although I didn't want to go there, it helped me get myself together.
As an adult, I started bike-riding for exercise and to help with back problems in 2005. I haven't gone more than 10 days without being on a bike since, unless I've been out of town. My log shows 800 rides.
How many miles do you ride in a week?
Since my legal practice got busier, I'm averaging about 100 to 150 miles a week. I ride alone three to five times a week, mostly at night. I also take weekend rides with the North Georgia Cycling Association and Dunwoody Cycling groups.
How fast do you go?
I average 16 to 22 miles per hour in darkness and stop-and-go traffic.