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Anyone else get into a funk?? How'd you extracate yourself..(11 posts)

Anyone else get into a funk?? How'd you extracate yourself..OwenMeany
May 2, 2002 2:20 PM
Man-o-man...I have been in a funk ever since my last ride on Saturaday..even then I was not to enthusiastic...I just cannot get motivated to ride. All day today I was telling my self I was going to bail out and be on the bike by 3:00. When the time came...I just talked myself out of it...I have been riding for 12 years now and don't every recall such a deep lack of motivation...

I feel fine. Maybe a bit lathargic..
Work is a little stressfull right now..
I have the Bar exam creeping up one me..

Help..jb
you sound overtrained...take a few days off (nm)ColnagoFE
May 2, 2002 2:38 PM
Get a fabulous new bike. Or it could be pollen.Pebbles
May 2, 2002 2:43 PM
I was also dreading getting on my Litespeed Ultimate this year, so I bought a Massachusetts-made Merlin, which is waaaay more comfortable, and I put the Litespeed up for sale on Ebay. The new bike is so fun! I love it! I can't wait to ride all the time! If I died, I would be most upset about not having had enough time on my bike. My Litespeed tortured me, and I was ready to just buy a cheapo hybrid or a recumbent (because I first fell in love with cycling on a cheapo hybrid), but my husband talked me out of it because I wouldn't be able to race anymore (which is another issue, see below). I got a brochure from Seven, the company that all the Merlin guys started when Merlin got bought out, and those bikes look like pure LOVE. That's how it feels– I feel like my new bike LOVES me, and my old bike HATED me.

I was also stressed out about riding FAST, so I am signing up for some non-competitive rides in order to fall in love with biking again. My purest joy is just biking. I train with all these fast guys and usually get dropped or else suffer greatly, and then I get discouraged. Competition can sometimes destroy that pure innocent happiness. So I'm going to do a combination of riding for fun and riding for torture.

But I also have been feeling physically dragged out lately, so I got some bloodwork done, and it turns out my hematocrit is low, so I am going to eat more iron. Also, if you have pollen allergies, this is the season. It can cause major depression and lethargy. I have no other explanation for my not feeling well, as my life is going along at its usual enjoyable pace. If you suspect something physical, get a thyroid test as well as hematocrit reading. Sluggish thyroid can pull you down.

Also, maybe you should try a different activity to refresh your appreciation of your old sport.

I often lose motivation to run, but if I read "Runner's World" and look at all those pictures of smiling runners, it gets me psyched to get out there again. "Bicycling" mag might to the same thing. They do have a "Bike Love" feature.

I am a triathlete, married to a pro, and I have been questioning lately whether I want to spend so much damn time training. Then I remember that I have an addictive personality and that exercise is what keeps my depression at bay. It's a much healthier addiction than overeating or alcoholism. I have to make sure that I don't turn this therapeutic activity into another form of depressant. Look at your main motivation for why you started cycling. Mine was NOT to be the fastest, not even to be fit. It was just something that soothed my depression. The fitness benefits that resulted were just a bonus.

Good luck.
Get a fabulous new bike. Or it could be pollen.atpjunkie
May 2, 2002 3:11 PM
yea you've lost the love. Buying a swanky new roadie may help but I think you'd be better off with a mountain or a cross bike. Constant road riding can get to you especially if you are mostly riding alone. You need to find some "fun" in the sport which I think is easier in the dirt. Get dirty and sweaty and muddy and feel like you are 12 again, it will revive your riding. If you don't want to spend any $ do more group rides, do rides at tourist pace so that you can actually enjoy where you are riding. You have over trained and are going through burn out. You need to search and find the love my son. Good Luck.
Do it for funMe Dot Org
May 2, 2002 3:57 PM
I have noticed when I put too much pressure on myself to ride faster I have more resistance to riding. Ride without expectations or demands for awhile. If you've been riding 12 years, maybe you need a little vacation from riding.

It's supposed to be fun. It will be, if you let it.
you got it right there....Spirito
May 2, 2002 4:50 PM
if it feels like work it aint fun.

all work and no play makes jack a DULL boy.

take off your computer.
go for 5 and 10 mile dashes.
ride a shitty old bike with priest bars.
do tricks.
ride when you want to.
do a pub crawl with mates on bikes.
ride somewhere you have never been or with someone you have never ridden with.
ride slowly and have a look around.
dont plan a ride - just go when you feel like it - whether its 3am or 7am.
dont even think of what gear your in or how fast your going.
choose one gear and leave it there.
borrow a friends bike - even if it doesn't fit.

vary it up and dont emphasize just speed and distance.

or just dont ride for a week or two - take out the skateboard, or whatch tv and eat pizza and drink beer.

buy a $100 old 10 speed and try to get it working to take for a ride - or a bmx bike :-)

its easy if you try.

above all get out of the mindset of doing x miles for x times a week - thats the biggest sin if you wish to enjoy.
Start running. You'll be back on your bike in no time. (nm)Dave Hickey
May 2, 2002 4:33 PM
Live in the momentmwood
May 2, 2002 6:40 PM
Don't worry, I'm not going to suggest getting in touch with your inner child or scream therapy...
BUT,
Last weekend, I took a ride, by myself, on a familiar route. I was feeling a little stressed out and, initially, was focussed only on making a good time, getting off the bike and getting back to the very items which I was tweaking/stressing about. It then occurred to me that what I was doing, at that exact moment, was really the only thing that mattered...the specific pedal stroke, reaching for my water bottle, changing gears...the act of riding was all I was about, at that moment. My concerns with time, speed, the future, all went away and all I was left with was a sense of some type of well being(jeez, sorry to get metaphysical on your axx). It was cool, in that the change was effortless.
This may have absolutely no relevance with what you've experienced. Then again, maybe getting on your bike, noticing your reluctance, having those moments of no motivation, pedaling just for the act of pedaling, with no expectations of enthusiasm or strong energy, will allow this "funk" to pass of its own volition.

On the other hand, as a wise friend once counseled me, "You are saying you don't feel like riding? Well, don't ride".
Lots o good advice here!heloise
May 3, 2002 4:43 AM
Try a new sport(I had to laugh at the "run" suggestion).
Or just try a variation on cycling. If you are "mainly" a roadie, go mountain biking. Or try the track or BMX. Bikes are supposed to be fun.

Introduce a child or a newbie to the sport.

Get on your bike and tell yourself you only have to ride for 15 minutes(betcha go longer than that!).

Treat yourself to some schwag. A new bike may strain your finances, but what about a new jersey, or socks, a computer or bar tape? silly but those little things will at least inspire you to get on the bike to "test" them out.

Watch some racing. On TV or local/live(promoters can always use volunteers).

Good luck.
Funks are common..DINOSAUR
May 3, 2002 7:50 AM
I get in funks all the time. Especially during the winter when it takes me 25 minutes to get all my layers of cloths on and go out and battle the elements.

When I start to feel like that, I go for a ride just to see how things go. I tell myself if I start having a terrible ride, I'll turn around and go home. So far I have never done that.

Try cutting back on your ride time, go for shorter rides. Try different routes. Buy toys for your bike such as new tires, new handlebar tape, a new stem, try a change in your set up, a new saddle.

Sometimes you just need to take a couple of days off. I was down with the flu a couple of weeks ago, combined with rain, I didn't ride for 4 days. I dropped weight when I was sick and I could feel it when I was climbing. I didn't want to push myself so I cut back on my ride time in order to recover. Your body goes through stages when you train. Sometimes things will suck for awhile until you break through the barrier and advance to the next level.

Rides are good when you are under stress, it clears the mind..
Priorities!AaronL
May 3, 2002 9:03 AM
I know where you are coming from. My motivation to train and race has been pretty low as of late.

I just bought an old Toyota Corolla that needs some work. I'm going to fix it up to give to my sister and mother. My sis' takes care of my mom (my mom is paralyzed and needs a lot of attention) and she has no car. It's been killing me that she has no means of transportation while I drive around in an Infiniti and have a collection of bikes. So I went out and found this car and will take the next few weekends getting it fixed for her. This means that I'll not ride much or at all. But I do think that when I'm done with this my motivation to ride will be back; I'll have taken care of something that affected my ability to focus on training and racing.

Some things are much more important than the bike and you sometimes have to take a step backwards to go forward.

If you don't want to ride, Just don't

AL