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Help me get out of my rut!!(12 posts)

Help me get out of my rut!!shakyfish
Oct 23, 2003 8:51 AM
I have hit a lag in my cycling time. I haven't rode in 3 weeks. I was putting in good miles all summer. I had about 250 miles a month since June. I had a foot injury that sidlined me for a week and a half. Then I had a big project going on around the house. One thing leads to another and I have been off for three weeks. I feel like I have probably lost alot of the "bike" fitness that I had built up.

I am having trouble motivating myself. I get real bummed when winter is on the way. I really despise the cold weather.

Anyone else get in ruts like this?

Any suggestions.?

Thanks..
Enjoy you're winter!the matador
Oct 23, 2003 8:57 AM
Might as well chill for the next couple of months.
Eat turkey and open presents.
Take a break.
I think I might not even ride more than 200 miles a month for Dec. and Jan. probally wont do much more than that in Nov. and Feb.
get a cheap cross bike and good winter clothes nmgtx
Oct 23, 2003 8:57 AM
Go ride, you big wuss...biknben
Oct 23, 2003 9:32 AM
Did that help at all???

b :-)

^ That's a smiley face guys...put your flame throwers back in their holsters please!!!
Actually, this may help more than any other comment!! nmshakyfish
Oct 23, 2003 10:32 AM
nm
Only once and it lasted 20 yearsbimini
Oct 23, 2003 9:54 AM
Find a way to get back out there if you enjoy it, otherwise you may find that 20 years pass before you rediscover the joys of cycling. The problem with getting out of a fitness routine is to start it back up again.

As a "kid" I spent all my free time on my bike. Then took a winter break when I got a real job after college that lasted about 20 years and added about 30 pounds. (I did have a spell in there where I ran marthons and took the weight off but that also ended and the weight came back).

I Started biking again fairly seriously 6 years ago and real seriously 2 years ago. With todays high tech clothing you can comfortably cycle year around in the Midwest. (Wasn't true 30 years ago).

I find it is easy and enjoyable to keep up the routine as long as I keep up the routine. Once I start taking breaks it becomes easier to justify the next break until it's a constant break.

Even in the winter I get out every day I can. Only snow and dark keep me off the roads. Soon as they clear the roads, I am back out again. When it snows I wax the XC skis and hit the trails.
Rollers?bw77
Oct 23, 2003 11:39 AM
Have you tried riding rollers? Learning to ride them is a different kind of challenge. You can get a good workout, and work on improving your balance and spin at the same time. Outdoor riding in the cold months is not for everyone.
3 weeks won't hurt your fitness, but get back to it soon..TNSquared
Oct 23, 2003 1:23 PM
the more time you take off the easier it gets to keep taking off. reasons like an injury roll into justifications like projects roll into excuses like cold weather. the first you can't really do much about except to do everything you can to speed healing, the second just takes planning and scheduling to work everything into your day, and the third is easily enought dealt with - just remove the excuse.

In your case, if the excuse is cold weather, then get the proper clothes for your climate and find a way to motivate and/or reward yourself for every ride under 50 degrees, or 40 degrees - or whatever. With good cold weather gear, there's no reason you can't comfortably ride in all but the very worst conditions. I find that usually once I get going it's never nearly as bad as I dreaded it being. In fact, many of my most enjoyable workouts have come when I thought it was gonna suck because of cold, rain, etc. Trick yourself into riding by committing to just ride 4-5 miles. By the time you get to 5 miles you'll probably want to keep going.

truly, if you have a good base then three weeks off will not significantly impact your fitness, although your rhythm may be off for your first few rides back. but for me it is a tailspin once I let riding start to slide down the priority list.

so get yerself back on that bike - pronto!
Look around your middle!MShaw
Oct 23, 2003 4:43 PM
Once that roll gets big enough, its time. Your definition of too big defines how soon you get back on the bike...

Seriously, its time to take stock of the last year. What went right? What went wrong? What could you do better for next year? What are your goals for the upcoming season?

If you're in a cold weather state, its time to ride inside, get a mtn bike, race cross, etc. Your season probably doesn't start till April, so you need to start training somewhere about mid-December.

From now till then, take a break from the daily grind of riding. (mind you, you still have to work out! cross train, run, etc. till mid-Dec.) If you don't, you'll have a case of the "screw-its" like mine. Mine started in about mid-July and they're just now going away... I'm still 10 or so pounds heavier than I want to be, but its coming back off.

Mike
Gotta get outside ...Geardaddy
Oct 24, 2003 8:36 AM
... and do anything. I too lost a lot of good cycling time due to a nagging and painful shoulder/back injury this year. In fact, it was nearly 2 months that I lost in August and September. I am now just getting back to where I was in July. The last few years it seems that something keeps @#%&ing up the routine in the fall, either because my stupid job or becasue of injury. Usually at this time I'm transitioning to the X-C ski season and starting to do more running and such. By January I'm usually injury free and totally rejuvenated.

Take it from a born-n-bred Minnesotan - you can't let the weather get in your way. Find a way to experience it instead. Ride MTB, cross, hike, run, ski, climb, or whatever. Don't turn to cycling drudgery like riding rollers/trainers indoors though. The key is to get outside and get some sun and wind in your face.

I'm getting old and my free-time seems to get squeezed more and more. As a result my once diverse regimen has become narrowly focused on certain activites (like cycling). Unfortunately, this has led I believe to increased problems with overuse injuries. So, I have resolved to try to be more diverse in my activities, and do a much better job of stretching et. al. It's already paying off.

I'd also suggest getting Outside magazine. It's a very good read, has lots of ideas and tips, and has some truly inspiring articles.

Hope this helps.
Gotta get outside ...MShaw
Oct 24, 2003 9:11 AM
Have you found that cycling has taken up a lot of your time? I used to be a "fun hog." Running, rock climbing, swimming, etc. I got into cycling, and got better at it, so I rode more, and got better at it, so I rode more...

Now the rock climbing stuff hangs in the closet, the running only happens a few months/year, and the rest have gone the way of the dodo.

Mike
Gotta get outside (you betcha)...Geardaddy
Oct 24, 2003 12:34 PM
Yes, cycling is mostly taking up the time that I do have. It's gotten to a point where I need to pick and choose, and cycling is what I choose because it is something I have always really enjoyed and it's relatively easy to get out there and do it. Climbing is something I used to be pretty involved in, but I haven't done much at all since I got married (over 10 years ago), mostly because it really requires a big time commitment.

Unfortunately the side effect of only cycling is that I'm not very prepared to do other things, and I have increasingly had to deal with overuse problems (e.g. lower back pain, shoulder/back problems, and knee problems). For example, I know that I have to take it easy when I go water-skiing because I know that my hamstrings will be super-sore afterwards, as cycling does little to prepare for that activity. I think diversifying a bit more now is what I really need to do, especially since I don't "bounce back" nearly as well I did when I was younger.