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Motivation(19 posts)

Oct 17, 2001 2:53 PM
Hey i was wondering what keeps ya'll motivated to go out and ride and how many days of the week do u usually ride. Some days i really look forward to riding and somedays i really dont look foreard to riding, but on the days i dont look forward to it, i usually end up riding any way and when i get home i feel extra good. So what does keep ya'll motivated to ride?
goals, and, I like ridingDog
Oct 17, 2001 3:00 PM
I almost never don't look forward to riding. Nearly every ride has a purpose, even if that purpose is simply to have fun, go exploring, or just mess around. Most of the time, though, the purpose is train for some particular goal, whether it be an event, to raise my lactate threshold, to raise my time trial speed, climb a hill faster, something.

Bottom line is that it helps just to like riding. I never think of it as a chore. If you feel that way, you likely just need some rest.

Never lets me down-Roxy
Oct 17, 2001 3:21 PM
I have never, ever been sorry to have gone for a ride.

No matter how much I didn't want to go, I'm always glad I did.
There's no magic cookiemr_spin
Oct 17, 2001 3:48 PM
Maybe some people here are always motivated, but I'm not. Some days it's hard to get out, and some days I don't go. I suspect most people are like me.

If I am working up to something (i.e., the Death Ride), motivation isn't generally a problem. That's why I make sure I have goals throughout the year, to help drive the motivation instinct.

I am also lucky to have a couple of good friends who are always VERY motivated, and often will bully me into riding if I try to beg off without a legitimate physical injury. I've gotten to the point where I know they will win and drag me out, but I put up a fight anyway just for the fun of it. Invariably, the motivation turns on sometime during the ride.

But the bottom line is that most of us aren't pros. We don't have to ride. We want to ride. Because it is supposed to be fun. Or challenging. Or preferably, both. If it isn't fun or it isn't challenging, what is it? And why bother?

The moral? Pick goals, to spark the motivation. And find riding buddies, to nurse the motivation. And don't ever feel guilty about taking a day or a week off. Rest is good, too. For the body and the soul.
Before my accident, I had trouble, too.Elefantino
Oct 17, 2001 3:59 PM
Sometimes I just didn't feel like putting in the 120-150 miles a week that I knew I had to do in order to stay in the shape that I wanted to be in. There were mornings when I put on my full rain gear and would just say the heck with it and go back inside and read the paper. Then I'd feel guilty as hell.

Now, though, I will ride because ... I can. I will revel in those rainy mornings ... 90 degree/90 percent humidity days. Leg-burning climbs on our local bridges.

Bring it on.
I just like itKerry Irons
Oct 17, 2001 4:08 PM
No goals, no scheme, no plan. I just like to ride the bike. It relaxes me, and it relaxes my mind. I like being outside, and I like the feel of the bike and the road. Like someone else said, it's hard to think of a ride I regretted. I think the reason some people have trouble "motivating" themselves is that they rely on external (speed, distance, number of intervals, etc.) measures of success rather the much more sustainable internal measures. It's hard not to do something you like to do.
I kind of like the wife, plus I don't want her to kick my @ss likeMB1
Oct 17, 2001 4:44 PM
she did to Humma.

It is pretty nice when your training partner/riding buddy is your wife. Except when it isn't...then it can be pretty ugly.
She didn't kick my @ss ...Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2001 6:46 PM
... that would imply she was ever BEHIND me. No, no, Miss M dragged my @ss all over St. Mary's County, ran my @ss ragged, wore my @ss out, then left to let you finish the job!

Except, on the two NSA-OCE centuries, she just left my @ss in the dust. The only way I could get ahead of her was to cut the course!
More less a life style for me...DINOSAUR
Oct 17, 2001 5:11 PM
I just enjoy the ride, plain and simple. Sometimes I miss a couple a days a week here and there. Hot weather is not my friend. I enjoy this time of year for riding, nature in all it's splendor. Like others have mentioned I just like riding. I don't get bored with riding the same roads day in and day out. Sometimes when I ride I crank my head around and look into the woods and feel a bond with it all. It's fun, no ride is exactly the same. Usually when I ride I have a smile on my face, I feel like a big kid, the feeling never goes away. Cycling should be fun and like playing, it's all about the ride and merging into one efficient machine along will a well tuned bike and the sound of your tires humming on the asphalt. I had motivation problems when I came back to the sport 3+ years ago, but I discovered that my best rides sometimes came when I didn't feel like riding. You never know what to expect..
re: MotivationAhimsa
Oct 17, 2001 5:26 PM
Racer 2002 asked:
"So what does keep ya'll motivated to ride?"

My broken down, never used, flat tire car.

My love of all things "bicycle".

The satisfaction that comes from speeding through the city as opposed to "working out at the gym".

The smooth feedback I get from the road as my bike carves a quick clean turn.

The fact that when on a bike, it is only partly about the actual destination, but mostly about how I'm getting there.

Watching drivers stuck in traffic.

Knowing that the car may pass me now, but ultimately I will arrive there first.

The questions and looks I get from people when they see me on the bike in "bad" weather. "You ride ALL YEAR LONG?" "Even in the WINTER???"

The fact that I know a bike is a better way. Even if they don't get it.

The fact that I can stop/park just about anywhere at any time, for any reason. There is no better way to experience your immediate suroundings.

It makes the morning commute coffee taste better.

It makes the after work ale taste better.

I'm never stressed after I've ridden the bike. Ever.

I feel "as one with the grand design" when riding (or some such flakiness).

The gear.


The newly immigrated mexican restaurant workers who cannot afford cars and thus ride bikes every day and all year long.

Watching the Tour instead of basketball and feeling like a bike geek.

I am a bike geek.

It is a sport, and a toy, and a reliable form of transport.

I know people who cannot ride a bike.

I can.

5-7 days a week.Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2001 6:40 PM
I commute on weekdays, try to sneak in rec rides (road or MTB) on weekends.

My motivations are many. When younger, I liked cycling for the freedom and because it was the closest I could get to flying on a very small budget. I still am motivated by those feelings, but now I also ride to regain my youth -- at age 48 I am, in many ways, in better shape than I was at 21, riding the same bike.

I also am motivated by that old bike. We go back 30 years together, with a lot of experiences, and riding it keeps an old friendship alive.
To be lost in one's dreamsStarliner
Oct 17, 2001 8:29 PM
Among the motivators are the wanna-be dreams I have of winning races against seasoned competitors... coming out of nowhere to kick their butts. Dramatic dreams of victory. Properly trained and conditioned, I think I could do it. So I ride on, playing around with the thought of what could be.
photo gallerybreck
Oct 18, 2001 12:11 AM
Motivations are the snap shots of life. Every day; week; month; year, are pictures of our interest and being. Push scooters, tricycles, bikes ...your first date, popsicle's, hikes. Most interests change with time as our motivations are tempered by wanting to belong to those more normal mores of society. We are influenced by pop culture and the need to be accepted. We strive for recognition and material accumulation. I believe some of us secretly (if not openly) feel we are just a cut above the rest [of those] that don't share our passion or truly understand why we bike. And of course we can not always explain it adequately ourselves.

Push scooters, tricycles, balloon tire bikes; English 3-speed; drop bar derailleur 5, 6, 7, 8 speed road bikes; 7, 8 speed mtb bikes are in the photo gallery for me in about that order. As long as the road is long and winding i will be on it :)

A great quote:cyclequip
Oct 18, 2001 3:06 AM
"My doctor said that I'm lucky to be alive and breathing. I told him my house plants are alive and breathing. I'm only happy when I'm on two wheels and going 60mph"
Dave Cullinan, recovering from open-heart surgery and a heart attack at age 24. (Mine came at age 37 - 8 yrs ago).
Goals....Len J
Oct 18, 2001 3:30 AM
are what motivate me for the hard efforts. Without a goal that I am building for, motivation wanes.

I have never regretted the effort to get on the bike.

The best motivator, for me ...tarwheel
Oct 18, 2001 4:37 AM
Was getting a logbook to track my time, mileage, average speed, etc. Seriously. I don't obsess over the numbers, but it sure feels good to see the miles piling up week to week. It's almost like saving money in a bank account. I started out the year hoping to average 300 miles a month. I've nearly doubled that goal, topping 5,500 miles for the year during the past week. I think keeping a log is what kept me motivated because I always knew where I stood. Whenever I was feeling lazy, I would start thinking something like, "I'll never top 500 miles this month if I don't ride today." Generally, I ride 4-6 days a week.

Another motivator is setting ride-specific goals during the year. For me, it was completing a century in April, then a weeklong bike tour in June. Along the way, I set and reset personal bests for average speeds on daily training rides, metrics and English centuries. I also kept motivated by buying some decent cold-weather cycling clothes so I didn't have an excuse not to ride during the cooler weather. And finally, when the weather really sucks, I go to spin cycle classes at the Y.
re: Motivationaet
Oct 18, 2001 6:19 AM
i ride 4 or 5 days a week and i do it because, at least for now, it is one of the best things in my life. riding and my girlfriend. though i now try to train with goals in mind, i used to just ride and one day a week i still just ride.
everyone should have something besides their job to throw themselves into.
re: Motivationmorey
Oct 18, 2001 11:53 AM
I just look in the mirror. I am 58 and do not want to get old. I know I will, but I am going to fight all the way!
I ride about 100 miles per week.
re: MotivationLeisure
Oct 19, 2001 1:39 AM
I have to confess, most of the time I go I have no intention of riding all that hard. You can't get burned-out that way, mentally or physically, so there's really nothing to kill my motivation. If I pay too much attention to pushing myself I can't pay attention to scenery, whipping through turns, and all the other visceral enjoyments. If I do end up pushing myself it tends to happen on it's own i.e.- I get into a flow and make the most of it. For me this probably averages to about one decently hard ride a week and a few leisure rides with spurts of intensity just for the adrenaline. One good thing about doing a hard ride is knowing that it makes the easy rides easier so I can enjoy them more. It's almost like working to be lazy. Have you ever noticed how hard some people work for that privilege?