I'm trying to transition to training mostly solo on the bike. I've always thought as a road racer, group riding is almost essential to being an effective bike racer and bike handler. However, there are no decent groups around where I currently live, so I really need to try training solo.
Here's my problem: I find riding alone extremely boring. How do you mix it up to keep it interesting? How do you motivate yourself to get out for a long ride? How do you maximize the efforts on hard days?
Just looking for some ways to make my solo riding more interesting on the weekends. My weekday rides are about 1 hr to 1 hr 30 mins, which isn't too hard to stay motivated for. However, as the racing season winds down, and I start looking toward base building, I'm dreading 5 hrs on the bike alone. Any tips or insight would be appreciated.