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Need advice or motivation after 3 years of non-riding.(9 posts)

Need advice or motivation after 3 years of non-riding.alteng
Feb 10, 2003 11:19 AM
With a 2 and a 4 year old children, and working 6 days per week, I find it difficult to find time and motivation to train and ride. The only time to ride is 6 am or 10 pm. Any advice is helpful. Thank you

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get a good set of lightsniteschaos
Feb 10, 2003 11:25 AM
Just remember that after just a little time of regular riding, you no longer ride...you fly 4 feet above the ground.
Ride at 6am or 10pm. Good times to ride.MB1
Feb 10, 2003 11:43 AM
Light traffic, be about the only cyclist out and you will have the respect of cyclists everywhere.
Evaluate your weekly schedule and lifestylebigrider
Feb 10, 2003 12:11 PM
It is amazing how much free time we have if we take a look at our lives? Ever watch tv for an 1 1/2 hours when the kids are not around. Any possibility of a lunch ride and even stretching it and working an extra 1/2 hour at the end of the day.

Find some biking buddies that will motivate you to continue riding then work to find time. I have two friends that have both have children with special needs ( i mean serious special needs). They work full time jobs and then spell their wives when they come home. They both manage to ride and are creative how they do it. One hitches the kid on the back and pulls him around and calls to ride late at night or reeaaal early in the morning. Instead of viewing riding as a hassle it is their chance at total relaxation and enjoyment and it is therapy from their stress.
re: Need advice or motivation after 3 years of non-riding.Spunout
Feb 10, 2003 12:22 PM
re: Need advice or motivation after 3 years of non-riding.JS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 12:35 PM
can you forego lunch and leave work early? pack your bike and gear in the car and ride for 1+ hours from work at the end of the day, then go home, freshen up, and then be daddy?

do the heathens nap? can you ride then? not sure about your situation, but if your spouse lives in the household, you might consider going to bed at the kids' bedtime, getting up at midnight or 1 AM, and riding 'til they normally wake up...then, having a nap when they nap in the afternoon. there are lots of options!

i'm also considering training rides late on weekend nights, for two reasons: i can sleep at other times, and upcoming "event" rides will require substantial night/dark riding.

agree with other responses: examine your life and schedule with an objective eye and determine what's fluff and what's not. if riding is high enough on the priority list, it's surprising what becomes "fluff".

if all else fails--though it really blows--trainer time is better than no saddle time at all.
re: Need advice or motivation after 3 years of non-riding.KEN2
Feb 10, 2003 12:56 PM
Any possibility of bike commuting? Think creatively... can you drive part way then ride, or maybe drive in with the bike in the car, ride home, then ride in next morning, etc.?

I get most of my riding in commuting, over 3000 miles a year. Without that I'd be hard-pressed to find daily time too.
do it or I will KICK YOUR ARSE!!!Akirasho
Feb 10, 2003 12:57 PM
... actually the advice you've received so far is valid... I ride with a few professionals and one of them has a term that seems to fit... he calls his ride time "stealing time"... you've got to assess your personal situation and where time is spent... then steal some.

... and if that doesn't work, do it or I will KICK YOUR ARSE!!!

Be the bike.
Get a Burley trailer ...Humma Hah
Feb 10, 2003 3:58 PM
... and take the kids along.