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Help. I feel seriously undermotivated.(17 posts)

Help. I feel seriously undermotivated.PseuZQ
Jan 25, 2004 1:41 PM
And I'm starting to get worried.

Here it is, a beautiful say in SF, and I'm sitting at the computer. I didn't ride yesterday, either.

I'm currently doing an *ss plant on the sofa, dressed in full gear. I just feel...tired. I guess that the path of least resistance would be to take the commuter and do a loop around the city, so hopefully I can make that decision in the next 20 minutes.

Part of the anxiety is a fear of losing fitness, and another part comes from beating myself up over not riding. I have some specific goals I want to achieve this season, and I feel like the clock is ticking. On the other hand, this time last year I had never done a double, now I've done four...blah blah blah. The other good news is that I'm climbing way better (faster) since starting weight training. My volume is down, but I'm going a lot faster when I do get out.

I guess part of it is that I spent a lot of time last year exploring new roads and stuff, and there's not a lot of "new" stuff around me...and I'm having a hard time appreciating the tried and true (even though I know once I get out I really love it.)

I really love doping long rides, but I just can't seem to get my butt outta the house sometimes.

What's up? Anyone have any insight?
Oh my. Quite the Freudian typo.PseuZQ
Jan 25, 2004 1:43 PM
DO-ING. Not doping. Duh.
don't worry I dope them too nmcyclopathic
Jan 25, 2004 5:00 PM
Let me help......koala
Jan 25, 2004 1:48 PM
Im sitting in my living room trying to get up the ambition to do yet another trainer session as upstate NY has gifted us with too damn much snow. Id kill to be in SF right now as I wont tell you how many days its been since I rode outside. Get outside now!

Smell the framesaver
Go do something else.Mike P
Jan 25, 2004 2:17 PM
Get out of the cycling gear and go find something else to do. Make sure whatever it is it has nothing to do with bikes. I go camping in such cases. By the second morning I am dying to get out of the woods and back on the bike. A mental reset I guess; good for four or five months.

Or, you could just force yourself to go for a ride. With this option you might be facing the same problem tomorrow but at least you won't be thinking about it when you're riding.


re: Help. I feel seriously undermotivated.spankdoggie
Jan 25, 2004 2:39 PM
Why do a loop around the city? Just brew a fresh cup of coffee while listening to some music that motivates you, then ride up into the Predidio, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and up to the top of the Marin Headlands?

Do or do not. There is no try,

I like the loop 'cause...PseuZQ
Jan 25, 2004 6:34 PM
It takes me through a bunch of neighborhoods, then through Fisherman's Wharf, where I can observe our tourists and maybe get a walkaway shrimp cocktail. Then I can ride up to Land's End (past a couple of Russian Deli's on Clement and 30 something)and along the Great Highway as the sun sets. Then past the zoo and some surf shops on Sloat.

It's a nice ride... I also like to take the beater around some of the industrial areas of the City, like the wholesale produce mart, Third St. etc.

One of these days I know I'm gonna see you and your Serotta out and about. I'll say hi.
Thank you Master Yoda.....NMcrestlinefarm
Jan 25, 2004 10:48 PM
Another ideaAllUpHill
Jan 25, 2004 3:20 PM
Getting ample sleep? Back in November and December, I found myself facing for the first time (and puzzled by) the same demotivational symptoms you're having. Big goals and motivation in principal, but no mental fortitude for getting out there, even on a beautiful saturday. I think I've connected it with consistently getting 5, 6, or 7 hours of sleep each night (enough sleep that I felt OK and able to function, but less than the optimal amount of rest). Getting back in the habit of 7-9 hours per night seems to have restored the up-and-at'em spirit a great deal.

Just a thought.
sometimes it is just fun to get outcyclopathic
Jan 25, 2004 4:58 PM
get your camera, ride through the city, stop at cafe, snap pics, eat sandwich, drink beer, talk to people, drift. Do not think of ride in terms of miles, hours, training schedule, intervals, avg speed and so on.

Get a guide book, SF is a beautiful city, and riding bike you'd see it the way you had never seen before. Riding meant to be fun, and it isn't fun if you push yourself all the time. When I was in France for PBP I spent a week riding through Paris; not much ~50mi a day with avg ~8-9mph, and it was fun just to ride, watch and discover.
re: Help. I feel seriously undermotivated.hothand
Jan 25, 2004 5:01 PM
You need snow and lots of it. As soon as I figured out a good cold weather clothing combination, snow came to Chicago and I haven't been out in three weeks.

Seriously, all the other posters offer great advice. Getting enough sleep is especially important. easier said than done.

I faced a serious problem with burnout last summer. I built up a fixed gear quit serious training and basically had the best summer of biking in 10 years. I feel re-energized for the coming summer; however, this time I plan to take some time off each month.

Cut yourself some slack and take a break
Hey, brother, I'm a former Chicagoan.PseuZQ
Jan 25, 2004 6:52 PM
Raised in the SF Bay Area but spent my formative adulthood in Chicagoland. (College, early career, etc.)

SF is a double-edged sword: There don't seem to be any natural resets built into the season. Sure, we have rain from November - January, but there are typically enough intervals in that mess to get out.

Sometimes I really miss those super hot nights out on the lakefront...
Jan 25, 2004 5:31 PM
Did a quick yet intense ride from my place near SF State down to the Haight, where I got a taco and traded some CDs at Amoeba.

Feel much better.
what are you wearning (re: update)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 25, 2004 10:33 PM


burnout comes in waves. listen to it. when (if) the tide finally comes in, days become weeks become months. i am now down to 100 miles per week from 250-350, and only accrued on saturday & sunday. not that the cyclocross series helped any, but i became so SICK of riding that it became a task. there's a great "disturbance in the force" when i'm not one eager to spend 2-10+ hours in the elements. i love it. but too much can be no good.

bury all your WCP videos. hang up the bikes. put your bike shoes in a box and don't peek, for any reason. drape sheets over your lance and marco posters. sit on the couch, watch mindless drivel on the tube, and--please somebody stop me--eat. and, if you are so inclined--drink massive quantities of beer or whatever alcohol-laden beverage speaks to you. and, when you're suitably intoxicated, late-night, look me up in the UMCA register, and gimme a call.

but i'll only ask what you're wearing. and it'd better be "simoni's 2003 giro maglia rosa kit". otherwise i'll say "wrong number, honey".


ps. i'm wearing socks, beige Gap cargo shorts, plaid boxers, soundgarden "down on the upside" tour t-shirt, and a fleece cap from Old Navy (black with a thin gray stripe around the ears). and a twisted grin.

get over "needing to ride" and don't ride until you "want to ride". otherwise you're doomed. i've been in purgatory for 3 months. trust me here. do it for love, not for fear of losing fitness. goals are great, but love is more important.

pps. after taking off a bucketfull of time, i'm stronger than i was before. way.
wearing...wearing...wearing...not 'wearning' (nm) d'oh!JS Haiku Shop
Jan 25, 2004 10:36 PM
Thanks J.PseuZQ
Jan 26, 2004 10:12 AM
I remember reading somehwere that one's body doesn't differentiate the type of stress it's under, whether it's physical, from training, or emotional, from life in general. It's all cumulative.

I'm starting to think that things are accumulating on the wrong side of's everything from riding a lot, to needing to get the carpets cleaned, to the way my crappy haircut is growing out, to stress at work, etc.

This to shall pass, I hope.
Oh yeah:PseuZQ
Jan 26, 2004 7:59 PM
Lime green Wahine boardshorts with reflecto stripes up the sides, an orange Stereolab tee commemorating the release of "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" (looks like there's a fish-eye lens view of a Moog keyboard), and socks: 5.99 for the dozen at Marshall's.

And a tan. And a haircut that's P*ssing me off. ($20 bucks offa Craigslist...not the best grooming decision I've made lately. Sigh...)