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Depression...(10 posts)

Sep 25, 2001 1:03 PM
It was 37degrees when I woke up this morning. The cold saps my motivation to ride. I have not been on my bike since Friday. I'm depressed! What to do? At least I get to do a group ride tomorrow... But I only get one evening a week to ride... It's going to be a loooong winter... :(

Andy - Wannabe
It'll get worse before it gets better but it will get better.Pack Meat
Sep 25, 2001 1:33 PM
I have a tough time with this every year. I ride because I love it and appearently to control my anxiety level. In the fall when I'm forced to skip rides I can easily be described as surly. The key is to stay active with running or other activities that will help release tension aggression and depression. Use this time to get in the gyn and try some cross training. It's time to accept the fact that you are not going to be able to ride as much, use this time to your advantage. Something that I tried last year that seemed to help is tanning once or twice a week. I didn't want a tan I just wanted the light.

Stay active.

Good luck,
Sep 25, 2001 1:45 PM
Try squeezing in short rides at lunch time. It does wonders for your outlook and conditioning. With a decent setup at work you can be showered and back to your desk in 90 minutes. Trainers are OK, but it's not riding and not as satisfying.

The ultimate solution is move to some place where the riding season is much longer. The south or the west coast (from SF south) offers the most opportunity. We ride during the week all winter and ski on the weekends in the Bay Area and when the snow is lacking we surf macking waves. My familyjust doesn't understand why I'll never willingly move back to Boston. They think that it's a requirement that everyone suffer through winter as they do. I keep telling them that winter is optional.
I hear ya...Spinchick
Sep 25, 2001 4:17 PM
I didn't realize this was such a widespread condition. The only thing that keeps me "normal" is regular endorphin fixes. And it seems that "regular" needs to be at least 5+ times per week. Had to lay off the last week or two because of some serious joint pain and I'm already slipping into the quagmire...
Cut it out. Big chicks don't cry.MB1
Sep 26, 2001 5:25 AM
I'm not gonna put up with this down stuff. Get yourself together and start jousting with me again or even bring back Ms. Trollman.

I'm counting on you.
Geez, I thought after I'd seen a picture of your naked buttSpinchick
Sep 26, 2001 6:33 AM
you would be avoiding me. Lemme go take a look at that again...maybe I'll cheer up.
That wasn't me, I wear white socks and shave my legs. nmMB1
Sep 26, 2001 6:37 AM
I feel your pain ...bianchi boy
Sep 26, 2001 4:00 AM
In my case, I'm bothered more by the short days as I generally ride in the afternoons when I get off work. The days are getting so short now that it's getting harder and harder to squeeze in a ride. Fortunately, I live in the South, so the winters are generally mild enough to ride outdoors all year long.

Here are a few things I did last winter to keep up the cycling:
1. Started spin cycle classes at the YMCA, going whenever it was too cold or rainy or icy to ride outdoors.
2. Brought my bike to work and started riding during lunch hour.
3. Got some cold-weather cycling gear: leg warmers, long sleeve jerseys, wind-breaker vest, jacket, gloves, etc. I still don't like riding when it drops below 40, but it generally gets above that temperature on most afternoon in NC, even during January.
Go to the Icebiker web site, pick up a few tips then ride allMB1
Sep 26, 2001 5:21 AM
year round. I mean really, why stop because of the weather. If you like to ride and you like to be outdoors it isn't hard or expensive to do. Get a junker bike with fenders, make some snow tires then go enjoy the weather.
re: Depression...cp123
Sep 26, 2001 5:35 PM
Is there where I can really rub salt into the wound and have a gloat? We've had 6 months of winter over here. And now spring has sprung we're putting away all the thermal stuff and digging out the shorts. And the weather here now is LOVELY!!! Sorry all...