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Burning Out(11 posts)

Burning OutFender
May 16, 2002 2:35 PM
Lately I feel like I've just burned out on the whole cycling scene. Last year while living in San Diego, CA I could not wait to ride, whether it was on the road or on the dirt or urban assault. I just wanted to ride. It seemed like there where all these cool places to ride to, beach, mountain, downtown, etc...
Currently I'm back home, in Baja, Mexico. Not the cool area of baja where theres the beach and endless cow trails, but the shitty part, where is flat, windy and summer temps. over 115. The racing scene is really dull, and so is my current club, composed mainly of fat, beer guzzling old farts. When I do ride, its always the same sceneary.. fields, trucks, tractors, cows, etc... just plain boring...
any ideas on how I can overcome this???
with luck I'll be graduating in less than two months and getting a job in the US.. but until then....
don't ridemr_spin
May 16, 2002 2:43 PM
If it's not fun, why do it? Find something else to do.

When I get burned out (usually around November lasting thru December), I don't ride. It's not a job, you don't have to do it. Eventually I get back on the bike and go again.
MP3 player. nmonespeed
May 16, 2002 2:44 PM
easy...Tom C
May 16, 2002 2:46 PM
move to the midwest where in 2 weeks it'll be June and it's presently 44 degrees and raining. Live a year here and you'll be clicking your ruby slippers silently chanting, there's no place like home, there's no place.....
re: Burning OutCarbon fiber fanatik
May 16, 2002 3:08 PM
Hmmmm..burnout? I wish I had that prob.. try living in Michigan..its supposed to snow here this weekend. I'll trade ya.. On a ride yesterday.. quick 46 miler.. 25 mph headwind...temp dropped 15 degrees in 30 mins and it was only 50 when i left! There are a million different ways to spin the cranks..even if it's on the same ole paths and highway. The point is... Irregardless of the place, or time, I just love to ride...
re: Burning OutSnowBlind
May 16, 2002 3:24 PM
try riding at night, if it is possible.
Kinda like a mobile sensory depravation tank, it sharpens your senses.
Of course, I have no idea if this is safe in your area.
OLN and rollers should get you thru the next two months. nmrideslikeagirl
May 16, 2002 3:46 PM
Thats not funny!!!PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 16, 2002 4:56 PM
Welcome to my life. I'm stuck indoors on rollers which wouldn't be bad if OLN Canada didn't suck ass and not have any giro coverage. As much as I like Canada the need for Canadian programming at times is crap cus its either dog shows, Canada's strongest man, or RV shows. In other words every competition except fricking cycling.

Just a little annoyed,
Nick (under how you can help you can help me get satellite tv! haha just kidding)
Planning.(Pretty long, an ode to Nick)hayaku
May 16, 2002 5:53 PM
Plan your training year. Set goals and objectives for each week and session. Understand that following the training plan with 100% enthusiasm and diligence will make you the cyclist and person you want to be. I say "person" because it takes determination and dicipline, those are good characture traits and when they become stronger, they add even more to your cycling.
Two days ago, before work on a beautiful sunny morning I jumped on my trainer for three 15 minute sets of LT work. Why? Well I had LT work scheduled and there are no traffic lights inside my house, so I know I can get quality training done. Today it's raining so I'm going to do my strength training at home too.
I prefer riding outside but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

However, you could be burnt out from cycling too long without a break. I suggest going to and buying Joe Friel's The Cyclists Training Bible. Order that or some other similar book and take a rest until it arrives. then read it and by the time you've planned and scheduled everything(If you're anything like me) you'll be excited about waking up three or four hours earlier because it means you can ride! Twice in one day! Maybe Three times!!! Yay!

Good luck.
May 16, 2002 8:42 PM
It's cool to hear you enjoy riding inside to. I don't mind it cus I'm riding. And its something I may have never been able to do again so waking up early... doesn't bother me anymore. Being sore all the time... isn't a problem, its a solution. Victory comes to those who perservere, and procrastination is the thief of time.

Stop riding until you can't stand NOT to ride!- nmfiltersweep
May 16, 2002 6:14 PM