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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-22-08, 10:49 AM   #1
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lack of motivation

Just signed on. Glad to be here. As a school teacher I am fortunate enough to have the summer off, but I have lost my motivation to get biking this summer. Last summer I was really into it and lost about 15-20 pounds and got down to about 215. This summer the weight has stayed on and I am still at 232 pounds. Anyone got some special motivating ideas for me to get me off my butt and out riding?
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Old 07-22-08, 11:24 AM   #2
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215 < 232


Get off your butt and on your bike?
Summer's over in 2 months?
What else are you going to do w/ the bike?
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Old 07-22-08, 11:33 AM   #3
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How s this....Don't post here till you go out and ride,

Come back and tell us about it,we'll be glad to listen to a riding story

Put down the computer,pick up the bike



"I get the entire summers off and it seems so hard to go and ride my bike" ...WTF

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Old 07-22-08, 03:38 PM   #4
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"I've get the entire summers off and it seems so hard to go and ride my bike" ...WTF
LOL!!!

I am a teacher too. Started cycling in Feb for the first time in years and did my first metric century last weekend. I had to start riding again to releive the stress of teaching. I am doing it this Summer to recharge the batteries. I felt that if I didn't get this going again, bad things would start happening to me i.e. diabetes, heart probs, etc.

You don't have much time left to get things going before the school year. When that happens, you will give yourself an excuse not to ride. I am going to ride to school everyday next year and I teach at 3 different campuses throughout the day. I can't wait.
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Old 07-22-08, 03:49 PM   #5
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Find a new place to ride? Vary your route? Challenge yourself? Maybe you are in a rut with you route?
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Old 07-22-08, 04:10 PM   #6
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Find a new place to ride? Vary your route? Challenge yourself? Maybe you are in a rut with you route?
I don't think OP's problem is one of being in a rut -- sounds like he was riding regularly last summer, fell out of the habit during the school year, and is having trouble getting back into it.

My 2 cents: sometimes I think you need to stop trying to find ways to trick or bribe or coax yourself into doing it, or persuade yourself that it's fun. Sometimes it isn't fun. And sometimes it is. But here's the thing: if you need it to be fun before you get out there, you'll never get out there. You have to let go of the need for the experience to be significantly and immediately rewarding, and just do it. If you need fun, and the perfect bike, and the perfect route, and a bright and sunny day (but not too hot, and no wind), and just the right bike clothes, and no little aches and twinges, you'll never get out there. Never.

Tom Peters once said that committing to exercise takes an instant; doing it takes a lifetime. Same thing with motivation. You have to decide what kind of person you are: the type who needs everything to be easy and fun and comfortable and convenient, or the type who learns to brush that stuff aside and do what matters. It goes far beyond fitness.
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Find a charity/group ride in your area and send in your money before you second guess yourself out of it. Pick a distance that's a bit more than you think you can handle. No need to go crazy and sign up for a century just yet, but pick something 20-30 miles. Then, with the money spent, you will have motivation to not waste the cash. Plus, if you are like me, you get a bit of adrenaline as the day gets closer. We have a 42 miler coming up this Saturday and I'm like a little kid on Christmas Eve! I can't wait for it to get here!
An added bonus--you will prolly get a T-Shirt out of the deal--and who couldn't use another T-Shirt?
Truth is, no one can do this for you. If that were possible there would be a ton of folks from this forum on their way to your town already to make it happen for you.
It's up to you...
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Old 07-22-08, 04:46 PM   #8
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Schedule your ride. Don't plan to ride on day x, go for a x mile/x time ride starting at exactly whatever o'clock. Alternately, find a riding buddy on Craigslist or somewhere else. Do whatever you can to make yourself feel obligated to ride. Once you're on your bike, it's just as fun as it always is, but it's easy to talk yourself out of starting.
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Old 07-22-08, 05:43 PM   #9
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One thing I've found with myself and some of the people I know, is that's easy to make excuses. Right now it's "too hot" to go exercise. Two months from now it'll be too rainy. Two months later, it'll be too dark. Then it'll be too cold. If you want reasons not to exercise, you can think of a million of them. But you just have to do it anyway.

I've got some good bike trails, and I've noticed when it's nice and pretty, everyone is out. The rest of the time, no one's out there- too dark, etc. But I still try to get out and go.

(I remember a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Calvin is in the tub, says "It's too hot!", so his mom runs some cold water in. Then he says "It's too cold!" so she runs some hot water in. Then he says, "Now it's too full!")
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Woman love cyclists.

Motivation enough?
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+ 1 on the just go do it idea. I don't think I ever have, even once, woke up early to ride in to work and been happy about starting out. Now, half way there, when I'm awake and cruisin, then the fun sets in. And when I get there I feel like i accomplished something. Just think of the reward. Better health, wieght loss etc... Or you can just sit on your backside untill you gain fifty more pounds. See how easy it is to get started then.
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Go swimming. Lift weights. Rollerblade. Find another alternate activity for a work out. Have fun. Working out should be joyful. Once you knock the cobwebs away, you can get back on the saddle. My two cents.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:47 PM   #14
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motivation is overrated.....you need determination. Just do it! and have fun..
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Find a different sport. Seriously! I bicycle because I love being on the bike. I rock climb because I love climbing. I backpack because I love walking around in the woods with 40lbs on my back. I tried for years to be a runner or jogger and weight-lifter. Never felt motivated, never made any real progress. Guess what? I just don't like running or lifting weights. No matter what I did, I could never keep myself motivated to pursue these sports long-term. Find something that you love to do and you shouldn't lack for motivation.

If that doesn't work, go spend $2000-3000 on a new bike. After dropping that much cash, you'll have a huge psychological incentive to ride!
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Just signed on. Glad to be here. As a school teacher I am fortunate enough to have the summer off, but I have lost my motivation to get biking this summer. Last summer I was really into it and lost about 15-20 pounds and got down to about 215. This summer the weight has stayed on and I am still at 232 pounds. Anyone got some special motivating ideas for me to get me off my butt and out riding?
Sometimes when you have time off, it's harder to get motivated to go ride, because you can always go tomorrow. There are various ways to get motivated, you need a goal, for example between now and Labour day, you have about 5 weeks, could you ride 600 miles in that 5 weeks, with at least 1 ride being 100 miles? How about a smaller goal, today is Wednesday, your mission if you choose to accept it, 5 miles by midnight tonight, and 25 by Friday at midnight. Next week you want 50 miles (for the week), the week after, 75 miles, then 100 miles the week after. By labour day, you want a 100 mile day. All numbers are negotiable except today, so leave your computer, just get up, go out, air up your tires and ride 5 miles.....

You still reading, go on, get out there, go, when you get back, hit reply and let us know......
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