The gear up process is part of the fun for me. Gearing up for me includes all protective gear and even ear plugs every time I climb on the bike.
On my M-F commute days I gear up some days 5 different times. Going to work, going to the gym from work at lunch, going back to work from the gym, going to teach at night and going home from teaching.
Taking a car because I don’t have to gear up is not part of the equation.
I take my time, and enjoy and process