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Cycling motivation(12 posts)

Cycling motivationMarlon
May 17, 2001 5:18 AM
I'm just curious as to what gets you motivated to be on your bike. I've been through one or two rough emotional times recently, and somehow, I just don't feel fully ready to climb back onto the path of cycling.
it's fun, beats driving a car, fresh air, fitnessclimbo
May 17, 2001 5:58 AM
just do it
it's fun, beats driving a car, fresh air, fitnessblindo
May 17, 2001 9:19 AM
What's up ya bastard!!

Just do it...Ha haaaa that is funny.
who let this bastard on the forum?climbo
May 17, 2001 10:05 AM
what is up? nada, working. Crit race tonight if I can get out on time. I put gears back on the Salsa (2x8), Hershey race on Sunday.
it's fun, beats driving a car, fresh air, fitnessDINOSAUR
May 17, 2001 9:43 AM
Yes, like the Nike ad says "JUST DO IT". Just get on your bike. I find that sometimes when don't feel like riding I have my best rides, and vice versa, bad rides when I feel good. Motivation is my biggest problem. I try to make my rides as much fun as possible.
re: Cycling motivationJimF
May 17, 2001 6:11 AM
I've also had a stretch of time where it was hard to get with a training regime.

It's important for me to remember that ***motivation follows action***, so the more I ride, the more motivated I will feel.

It's not easy getting rolling at first, I still have a ways to go, but I just can't allow myself to wait until I "feel like" taking on the challenge, because it will be a long wait.

Enjoy the ride!
re: Cycling motivationAD14
May 17, 2001 6:11 AM
I too have had some tough times emotionally and physically of late. For me its how I feel after the ride and usually during the ride that get me out there. I know the endorphins will kick me up a notch an this improves my whole day. I am motivated by looking forward to these feelings and it works well for me. You have to take the approach that the long term benefits will create an upward spiral instead of a downward one.
Office politicsBrian C.
May 17, 2001 8:01 AM
It must look eccentric to a passing motorist who notices but when I'm alone out on the road I like to talk through workplace issues out loud. Round the 40th mile when you're hitting the zone, and your heart and brain have been nicely oxygenated, some matters just don't seem worth it anymore.
Keep the faith.
Cycling's my tonic.E3
May 17, 2001 8:34 AM
When I'm in a rut emotionally, a ride is the only thing I can rely on to pull me out. When everything is, or seems, negative, a ride is always a positive experience that can set the tone for improving my outlook.
re: Cycling motivationthbirks
May 17, 2001 9:17 PM
Sometimes getting on the bike is the hardest part. Here's what i do. Put your cycling duds on go out in the garage, or wherever you bike is, put some kicking music in the stereo, lube your chain, maybe have a cup of coffee. Pretty soon i'm ready to ride. once i start riding the motivation problems disappear.
getting started is the hardest partDuane Gran
May 18, 2001 5:49 AM
Every once in a while I get that feeling, but once I start rolling along there is no place I would rather be than on the bike. During the winter sometimes it is hard to get motivated to go out into the cold, so count your blessings with the good weather. Just today I looked outside and saw that it was drizzly and 60F but then I thought to myself how just 4 months ago I would have killed for 60 degree weather. That makes me thankful for every day I can ride.
My old buddy begs me to go riding ...Humma Hah
May 18, 2001 8:20 AM
I'm the original owner of my primary ride, a 30-year-old Schwinn cruiser. It has the same type frame as a bike I got at age 12, and when that one was stolen just before I went to college, I bought another (perfect for commutes to class, could jump curbs and sleep out in the weather).

So when I ride that old thing, all these decades later, I recapture my youth. Its an old friend I'm very comfortable with. I love the feel, the smooth ride and awesome stability, the sensation of spooling up the massive wheels, the burn of attacking a hill on it, the satisfaction of finishing a century on it, the realization that its made me fitter now than I was when I bought it.

Its no good for racing, of course, and too slow for a group ride with Cat-anythings, but it will keep up with slower group rides, and I can usually find someone to match speeds with on fun runs. But its great fun for my primary riding style, solo explorations of the local countryside, as well as occasional side-trips on trails.