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Can't get motivated to ride/need adviceDragon33
Apr 30, 2003 5:46 PM
Lasy year I was riding 5-6 days a week and from August to November I rode over 2500 miles training for a late season event. Since then I have only ridden my bike about 5 times. I just can't convince myself to ride, everyday I say tomorrow, tomorrow comes and I put it off again. I have gained 20 lbs and even that hasn't even sent me riding. I need some motivation, any suggestions? This is driving me crazy I get my bike, air up the tires, layout my gear and never put my @$$ on the seat. Please inspire me!
Set yourself a goal.MikeBiker
Apr 30, 2003 5:50 PM
Commit to a century ride, tour, whatever. With something to aim for it will be easier to train for it. I find that once I am on the bike I want to just keep riding.

Try commuting to work or biking to do your shopping.'nm'tmotz
Apr 30, 2003 7:45 PM
re: Can't get motivated to ride/need advicerwbadley
Apr 30, 2003 7:46 PM
I second the century ride idea. Once you pay the money for an August event you will need to go forth.

Something else I might toss out are these ideas...

If you reward yourself for riding it may not be so bad. Something like - beer or pie (or whatever) will be rewarded after I get out and ride.

Or, make it easier to ride. If you have to put on full kit for a ride it becomes a hassle. Get a beater bike with rat pedals that you can just hop on and the store, to the lake, to school, to work... wherever. Getting on the bike should feel like it's own reward, not detention. If you can 'just hop on and go' it will at least be on the bike, Then when you get on kit & shoes and ride the nice bike it is really special.

Have fun, no biggie eh?

re: Can't get motivated to ride/need adviceinorm
Apr 30, 2003 7:49 PM
I am no psychologist, but lack of motivation is usually indicative of a medical condition. That is, it is probable that your lack of motivation is caused by a kind of depression. If this is the case, then you have to figure out what the cause of your depression is: poor diet (simple carbs), intestinal infection, chemical imbalance, and other possibilites. Suggestion, see your family doctor or your naturalpath. Get well, soon.

re: Can't get motivated to ride/need adviceBibendum
Apr 30, 2003 8:00 PM
1. Watch a race on TV before you decide to head out.

2.Think to yourself, someone, somewhere is out there biking in worse weather.

3. Treat yourself. Buy your self something new you can be proud of whilst you ride.

4. and finally...have the attitude that everyone around you is as enthusiastic about biking as you (they should be):)

Repeat til addiction :)
I got it! So tell me about your ride Dragon33...rwbadley
Apr 30, 2003 8:29 PM
Let somebody know at work that you will go for a ride. The next day you shoud have something to tell them...right? It may be lame to tell them you got stuck on the couch. So? if somebody thinks you are going, you go!

On Friday the whole RBR board will ask " Hey Dragon33, how was your ride yesterday?" Are you really going to have nothing to tell us?? Heh heh

You can send my fee in the mail ;-)

Kill your car and television.dzrider
May 1, 2003 4:19 AM
You can't just kill the car, because you run the risk of deciding to stay home.
re: Can't get motivated to ride/need adviceMazinger
May 1, 2003 4:50 AM
I was in the same boat as you.

The past two years I never rode at all. I would spend the weekends in front of the TV. I gained a lot of weight. I just finally got tired of the weight gain and started riding this spring. Setting up a goal really helped me. I'm planning to do a century ride this fall, so I've been riding at least 5 times a week. On the weekdays I can only do about 15mi afterwork. Hopefully as daylight increases I can ride more.

To keep myself from getting bored I would ride my MTB at least twice a week. Once in the woods and once on a MUT for a nice easy ride.
set some goalstarwheel
May 1, 2003 5:13 AM
Some suggestions:
-- Pick a century ride or week-long bike tour to train for.
-- Set some goals, like riding 100 miles/week, 300 miles/month, 4000 miles/yet, etc. work toward. If you fall behind, readjust your goals or work that much harder to catch up.
-- Start keeping a log to track your mileage, time, avg speed, etc.
-- Weigh yourself every day and keep track of it. Watching the pound drop (or rise) will help motivate you.
-- Find some other cyclists or a group to ride with. Someday you might not feel like riding but your buddies will and that will help motivate you. Plus it's more fun.
-- Ride some different routes. Riding the same old routes gets boring.
-- Buy a new bike or some gear, then convince yourself that you have to ride more to justify the expense.
-- Start commuting to work on your bike, if possible.
May 1, 2003 5:32 AM
go buy a new bike. I think there is a problem with training a lot for a long distance event and then after it you become lazy as though now there is nothing to train for. I did Ironman Florida in Nov and have hardly run or swam, but I bought a new bike and I ride all the time .... so that could be a key idea (excuse) to get a new ride.
Get a riding buddy ... nmMrDan
May 1, 2003 7:51 AM
Because you don't want to look like this guy when it does come back. . .js5280
May 1, 2003 8:28 AM
RBR version of "Scared Straight"