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slump.(5 posts)

Aug 22, 2003 11:01 AM
it's late august. i'm tired. unmotivated. bored. fat. don't feel like riding. i've tried new tires, bar tape, drivechain, new water bottle, caffeine and pictures of paris-roubaix, but nothing works. i need a break. help.
So take a break! (nm)Jon Billheimer
Aug 22, 2003 11:24 AM
Aug 22, 2003 11:59 AM
Did somebody say slump??


It works for me!

Tail Wind
Take some time offbeattle2
Aug 22, 2003 1:37 PM
Take some time off. Cycling is something you will hopefully do for the rest of your life. If you force yourself to ride you will only hate it more. I get to the point where I can't even stand to look at my bike. When this happens I take some time off and do other things. You will only be more motivated for the next cycling period. I started racing BMX when I was 8 and I am still riding and racing at 36. The only way I have kept my fitness and motivation is too know when enough is enough. I know my body and fitness very well now and I know that I can only get so fit before I start to dread training. Here in the Bay Area I notice a distinct lack of cyclists in the Fall compared to the Spring. People are gung ho about it but then they work too hard for too long and end up wasted, injured, burnt and selling their bikes on EBAY. I can take weeks off and then in just a few weeks get back to my Cat 1/2 fitness. Just take a break (weeks/months) and keep a relative level of fitness by doing other things and then when you feel like it get back on the bike and be amazed at how strong and motivated you still are. If you have a few goals (races, TT's, PR's etc.) spread out through the year this is even easier. You will find that you can get back too your previous level and above very quickly. Cycling is as much about motivation as it is fitness and if you aren't having fun then cool it. Also, if you don't have a mountain bike buy one and find some long long fire roads to ride on. When I am tired of roads and cars I'll take a week or two vacation and get in hundreds of mountian biking miles. No big air stuff for me just long smooth dirt roads, fun descents and no worries.
Good luck
Word (nm)hrv
Aug 22, 2003 3:02 PM