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    How do you cure a lake of motivation, i had been riding 4 to 5 days a week at least 20 miles and then suddenly nothing for 3 weeks, what do yall do to motivate yourselfs when this happens

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    I am new to the Cycle Scene but I spent 7 months in darkness and -20 to -55 degree temps all winter. I will never pass up a chance to get my lungs working in the fresh air. I hope you dig deep and keep on that bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eraven View Post
    How do you cure a lake of motivation, i had been riding 4 to 5 days a week at least 20 miles and then suddenly nothing for 3 weeks, what do yall do to motivate yourselfs when this happens
    You're not going to like my answer, but a real Clydesdale (not a wannabe that is closer to 200 than 300) probably has a whole backstory of issues that led to being a Clydesdale in the first place.

    Call it depression, gluttony, a bad hand whatever, but there are going to be underlying issues for every Clydesdale. It didn't 'just happen'.

    Its a combination of eating too much, not being healthy in body, mind, and spirit, and not getting enough exercise.

    Just get on the freakin' bike. The best thing any Clydesdale can do, by far. Besides, what is better than a day on your bike? Its hard to have a bad bike ride.

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    Well, I don't have a cure for lack of modivation except to get on the bike. It doesn't matter if you are only on your bike for a few minutes or a few hours a day, but just get on your bike. It will get your mind into the routine.

    Also, look for magazines or books that pertain to biking or health. This will also help get your in the routine of just thinking of biking.

    As for myself, I have had the problem of modivation in the past, but what has helped me the most is to set a goal for yourself. What I did was sign up for the Livestrong Challenge in San Jose, the century. I had never done a century before, so the fact that I payed 50 dollars for registration and have gotten a descent bit of donations (by the way, if you want to donate, please PM me!), I feel as though I owe these people the ride I signed up for. Basically, it would be a letdown if I couldn't complete the ride. In the last few months, I have gotten in MUCH better shape and I feel so much better and healthier and stronger than I had in years. I guess it has turned into a bit of an addiction. I feels good.

    So yes, in short get on your bike, even if is only for a ride around the block. The longer you are consistent, the easier it will become.

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    Speaking as a wannabe clyde as per the guidelines listed above I have a different take on this.

    It's ok to take a break from your bike. Go and cross train by jogging, weight lifting, or playing a cardio intensive sport. So long as you didn't stop exercising it is perfectly fine (and beneficial might I add) to take a break once in awhile to pursue other forms of exercise. That said, if you need to rekindle your love affair with your bike I find the following two things help:

    Going for a nice easy ride on your favorite path/trail/street

    Buying a new bit of bike bling. New tires, lights, whatever. Just something to get you to put hands on time with the bike. Once it's back in your hands it will be back on your mind and the desire to go for a spin will return.

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    My thing is I usually get in a rut of doing one thing and burning out on it. Now, I use multiple ways to work out. I swim, bike, run, lift, elliptical, etc............. I built a patio out of bricks, so I hauled in 4 ton of sand by shovel and wheelbarrow to my back yard. That and over 1000 bricks carried by hand. Do something different if you don't want to ride. Get a friend to go on a long walk, go watch a baseball or softball game, but instead of sitting in the bleachers, walk around the field the entire game. You can still watch the game, but you also burn off some calories.
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    New route, new bike or just new gear like a fixed gear wheel. Bike in a club with others.

    Move to a more bike friendly place and commute or shop by bike?

    Try a new sport? Bicycling is kind of stupid, going around in a circle. Why exactly should you be motivated to bike?
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    My motivation is how I feel before and after a ride. Like the other day, after dinner I know I ate too much and didnt feel the greatest...went for a 20 mile bike ride and felt great after. Thats enough motivation for me.

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    For me I just look in the mirror at my nekkid body. Thats motivation to get on the bike. Its not as bad as it used to be 47lbs later but its still a long way to go. As CLydesdales (except the skinny 201ers *LOL*) it should be all the motivation you need *LOL*

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    Near the end of last season I was starting to get bored with the same 2 routes we normally take. We chose them because we know them well and they avoid the bulk of the traffic in our area. I don't like riding hilly country roads with no bike lanes because the vehicles are often exceeding the speed limit and driven by someone with a cell phone stuck to their ear. I can quickly see those rides getting boring sooner this season, so I'm going to start exploring new routes via bike. Also, garage sailing has led me to a nice ride around a nearby lake that I can get to with a very short time on a highway.. Even thought the speeds are high, their is a lot of space on the side of the road and good visiblilty. I think we can get to the lake drive with only about 5 min on the highway, seems like a fair trade. I'm also going to get into bike camping this year. Boredom is the enemy, got to mix it up to keep going. One of the other things that motivates me is fixing up old bikes to give to friends. More friends who ride = more riding partners to chat with thereby making excercise a social activity. Oh, I also got a Saris bike rack at a garage sale for dirt cheap. Now we can just toss the bikes on a rack and drive a short distance to explore areas that we might not have before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eraven View Post
    How do you cure a lake of motivation, i had been riding 4 to 5 days a week at least 20 miles and then suddenly nothing for 3 weeks, what do yall do to motivate yourselfs when this happens
    It happens to everyone. I usually get a period in September that I just lose all steam.... I find, if I am not motivated the best solution is to convince myself I will just go around the block. Of course 50km later, I will have had one of the best rides ever.....

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    I sometimes go through "dry patches" too.
    I'm lucky, though, that I live within 2-3 miles of most of the places I need to go....so I just ride my bike wherever just for transportation.
    That tends to carry me through until "I feel the need" to start hitting longer distances. Often the need is triggered and I just start taking longer routes home until I decide that a long ride just for the heck of it sounds good.
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    I actually went through this last night.

    I ride after work before heading home and had all my gear but...
    I was tired
    It was supposed to rain
    My back hurt
    My feet hurt
    Blah, Blah, Blah

    For me, I can sit around and think of a million reasons not to ride (or exercise) BUT, it only takes 1 reson to GO.

    So you have to change your thinking a bit if you can. Instead of thinking about excuses, just try to think of 1 reason and it'll help.

    Good luck!

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    I take a week off and do something other than ride. Just last week I took 8 days off; only riding I did was a 3 mile trip to the grocery store on my fat-tire cruiser.

    I hit the gym a couple mornings, took longer walks with my dog in the evening... I even took a couple days where I did *gasp* nothing except sit on my couch and play PGR4.

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    Yeah, I've been there in the past with workout routines I had at the gym. Don't do those anymore and find cycling much more enjoyable and a better workout.

    I'm just back to cycling after a month away from it, and it's something I am very excited about. If you're just burned out on cycling, I'd consider the following options:

    1. Bike commute (if feasible and you're not already doing it) - it helps to keep you in the saddle w/o losing too much time that would otherwise be free. I actually save time by bike commuting (as opposed to taking Metro). That way, I get in 15 miles or so a day riding at the least and still have some time in the evenings to relax, do chores around the house... And I'll tell you, the look of amazement in some people's faces and the respect I get around the office when they find out I commute by bike is motivation, too.

    In a similar vein, you could use your bike for errands and small shopping trips. Kills two birds with one stone (errands and exercise) and varies your riding patterns. Cycling doesn't have to be just about exercise. It can be about getting places and doing productive things.

    2. Look for a riding club in your area and see what kind of rides they have. Just Googles and found http://www.greaterdallasbicyclists.com/ I haven't done any group rides yet, but it seems like it would be a blast to get out and ride with others. Our club here in the DC area has rides for all skill and fitness levels.

    3. If you want to exercise, but the bike's just not calling your name, maybe you could try to mix in different kinds of exercise, too? Keep things fresh.

    Those suggestions might help if you're just lacking a little motivation to go cycling or at least keep up the physical activity level.

    If you're feeling less enthused about exercise generally, not just biking, try to remember how you feel after a good ride or after riding consistently over a long period of time. The feeling of being more physically fit or of clothes fitting more loosely, etc., is really rewarding to me and helps keep me going.

    Good luck getting back on the bike. Don't give up...

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    I'll be busting out my hockey skates just to change it up and use different muscles.

    If the knees allow, I might do a lap or two around the local high school track.

    I commute, but I become bored with the routes that I take home. I changed/added a route Tuesday night and am looking forward to doing it again. At least this morning I am.
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    It's funny, I came to cycling because I was getting burned out with running. I agree with the suggestions above - cross train, take a new route, get some new bling, etc.

    Or....

    Think about what it might be like if you got injured.

    It's funny how when the doctor says "you can't" your heart says, "but I want to! I miss it! Now, what am I supposed to do????"

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    Quote Originally Posted by eraven View Post
    How do you cure a lake of motivation, i had been riding 4 to 5 days a week at least 20 miles and then suddenly nothing for 3 weeks, what do yall do to motivate yourselfs when this happens
    Schedule my rides when unmotivated. I may not want to go, but it's on the schedule. Also, find riding buddies. The combination of people expecting you, and a schedule saying it's that time works for me.

    EDIT: In the end, I miss usually 1 scheduled workout a week. But, I'm on an 8-10/week schedule right now (training for a long ride and a long run, bleh) so I take it in stride. When I'm doing less, I just force myself to get up and go. There are always excuses. This morning, I'd only had 2 hours sleep and I could have easily rationalized not going, but ya know, gotta do it. Also, I find forcing yourself to exercise makes it easier to keep going. Usually when I'm lacking motivation, it's just motivation to start. Once you're going, it's (almost) always fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eraven View Post
    How do you cure a lake of motivation, i had been riding 4 to 5 days a week at least 20 miles and then suddenly nothing for 3 weeks, what do yall do to motivate yourselfs when this happens
    Oddly I use my closet. ALL of my clothes are new in the last 12 months. Everything, even the socks and underwear. I will NOT buy larger sizes ever again. My sizes go DOWN, not up. I look at the clothes and think about how much work I have sunk into getting this far, the time, the sweat, the money, and I remind myself that looking better aside, I will live longer and feel better if I keep this up. Then I start thinking about the parts I enjoy, and before I know it I'm ready to do something else. Gym, a ride, whatever.

    It starts with me looking at shirts that I literally couldn't fit into a year ago.

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    Schedule my rides when unmotivated. I may not want to go, but it's on the schedule.
    I totally play that game with myself. If a thing is scheduled it becomes a commitment, and I try like crazy to keep my commitments. Even when they are to myself and I have every right to say "Aww to hell with it." I just don't. I'm wired to keep appointments and to arrive five to ten minutes early.

    I schedule training sessions at the gym about four weeks in advance just so that switch in my head will flip and I will treat it like an appointment that must be kept.
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    I am a noob here, hope you don't mind me chiming in. I often get the same feelings as you, and for me, sometimes I think it's the idea of going out and having to go for "x" miles...what I try to do is tell myself, "OK, I'll just go for 30 mins, and if I want to come home, I will". 9 times out of 10 once I get out there and get going, I don't want to turn back.

    Good luck and I hope that motivation comes back full force for you soon

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    I think having a stable of bikes can really help. That was and is a brilliant idea.

    Have a vintage Italian steel bike with old Campy friction Nuevo Record on it. Have a recumbent. Have a good stiff high end aluminum tandem, have your road single, and a mountain bike.

    Every bike will fit your 'mood'. Whether you want to hammer, cruise, enjoy a ride with your partner at equal pace, or just pretend you're assaulting the mountains to become the first American to win the Giro.

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    I read magazines, books about riding, read the BF, get new gear or a new outfit that i could not wear before.

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    Today I woke up with a feeling to skip my ride. Decided to go and run to the local CVS to pick up a prescription, about 2 miles round trip. OK so my running is a crawl to what other runners do ( I'm at about 12 minute miles) it's still running to me. Came home and had a change of heart. Did 13.5 miles on the bike. I'm tired and my legs ache a bit but it feels good.

    When I get the urge to not ride I cross train. The riding comes back, it just came back faster today than it usually does.

    Also I'm sort of a numbers geek. I keep a journal and I really like to see the entries pile up. It's motivation for me.

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    Get out and ride one block. If you want to go home after that, fine, but you will want to go on!
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    Ride with a Group

    HI,
    If Iam having a bad week , I usally try and ride with my Group , it seems to inspire me to try harder,
    be sure your not Bonking out from lack of energy, many CD's try to hard and don't eat enough before a ride. For me a banana and alot of water or beverage before a ride seems to carry me thru that period.
    Also note if you are having a metabolic disorder from years of weight gain. your body has a lot of problems adjusting to activity due to insulin resitance.
    Don't beat yourself up just keep pedalling alittle each day.
    Doug

    Try to ride first thing in the morning the routine may cause you to look forward to your ride. or go to a Gymn and cross train on a Orbit or spin a little that really get me going to want to ride outside.


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