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Old 08-23-10, 07:51 PM   #1
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Ive got a problem getting motivated

As the title states, I have a problem getting motivated and getting out there and working out. I feel good when I get off of work and by the time I get home to change, I do not feel like doing anything. I have even a tough time, getting up and eating supper.
It has been hot, 100+ degrees for a while now, so I am wondering if that is whats causing it. I have a triathlon in less than a month and I am not prepared. What I have done to prep for it, I have lost.
Is there anything that I do/use to help get me re-motivated?
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Old 08-23-10, 07:59 PM   #2
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I sure know how you feel about the heat. I am doing the hh on Saturday and getting out and riding had been a task. Somedays I just do not feel it, but I always feel better after. I know that a day off every so often will help. Just think how much better you feel whenyou do get after it.
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Three minute rule. Get your gear on and exercise for three minutes. If you don't feel like it after three minutes, you can stop.
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Sometimes the best motivator is to decide to just ride around the block, it's not the last pedal stroke that is the hardest, it's the first. Once your out there, then it's a heck of a lot easier to keep going, unless of course it's really windy or raining in which case sometimes the best option is to pack it in and wait for another day....
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How about getting up earlier and doing it in the morning? That has worked for me with the added bonus of avoiding the heat. I really wanted to ride this evening while my daughter was at practice, but with a heat index of 115F it is easy to lose the motivation (I didn't ride).
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How about getting up earlier and doing it in the morning?
+1. I've always found it easier to maintain a routine by working out first thing in the morning rather than leaving it until after work.
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Every comment above is good I think. For me, another +1 to the riding in the morning. It is specifically what I am getting up early to do, so nothing is there to distract me or prevent me from doing it (other than when it is pouring rain out of course!)
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It happens. One Saturday I had planned to get up early and do 40 miles. Well I hit the snooze button and when I finally got up I didn't fell like riding. I finally pushed myself out the door at it turned out to be a great ride. Lately I get a little cranky if I don't get a daily ride.
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Motivation...I suspect we all deal with from time to time. Early in the year I rode as soon as I got home (daylight and cold etc) then I ate. Later in the year, as motivation became a problem, I eat as soon as I get home, sit down or lay down for 20 minutes to an hour. When I get up I feel refreshed and ready to go. The 20 minute cat-nap works for me ... although I don't do this everyday, only on the rough days.

I also backed off riding a bit, from 5 or 6 days per week to 4 or 5. I ride 20 miles minimum, every ride so I have stayed in riding shape. In fact I feel a bit stronger taking 2 or 3 days off per week. I rode 40 miles Sunday morning without any fitness issues and felt better then I have in a long time on a ride - course the temp finally dropped out of the 90's to around 70.
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It happens. One Saturday I had planned to get up early and do 40 miles. Well I hit the snooze button and when I finally got up I didn't fell like riding. I finally pushed myself out the door at it turned out to be a great ride. Lately I get a little cranky if I don't get a daily ride.
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hope some of them suggestions work for you i am in the same boat. i must be the worst motivated person ever!! i love when i am out cycling and it makes me feel so alive and proud and then i have such a hard time going out on the bike which i don't understand at all its definitely not the heat here that is putting me off - its only 15 today (59 fahrenheit) but yep i come home from college all fired up about getting out there and the couch usually wins though.

one suggestion maybe have your dinner before you leave work?? i found the struggle making dinner after getting home from work stopped me doing all sorts of things so when i reheated pasta in work and ate it i had alot more time and energy
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its definitely not the heat here that is putting me off - its only 15 today (59 fahrenheit)
That sounds like heaven. I was excited because we had a front come through that dropped out high to 96 (35C) today from 108 (42C) yesterday. Plus the north breeze completely changed my ride. I was used to have a headwind going out (heading south) and a tailwind coming back. Completely opposite today.
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I found what you need right here: http://www.rleeermey.com/motivationalfigure.php#ptmoto
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one suggestion maybe have your dinner before you leave work?? i found the struggle making dinner after getting home from work stopped me doing all sorts of things so when i reheated pasta in work and ate it i had alot more time and energy
+1 on that. I am the cook in the family and am always sluggish after cooking and clearing up. So, I will force myself to ride before I eat or I used to eat at work. Mind you, I'd pack a pre-made dinner because there are plenty of fast food places by my old school. Also, try to find a riding or at the very least a motivational partner. When I did powerlifting, we had what we called "the guilt ring" and if any of use didn't show for lifting, they got called to, ahem, make sure they were ok. We all knew it was to guilt us into not bowing out of if we were going to bow out, the other person would talk them out of quitting and remind them why there were doing it.

I also feel your pain MThayer. It's been above 100 and all that added humidity. Though unlike Crazydad, I started out heading north into that delicious front and took the tailwind coming back.
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Motivation...I suspect we all deal with from time to time. Early in the year I rode as soon as I got home (daylight and cold etc) then I ate. Later in the year, as motivation became a problem, I eat as soon as I get home, sit down or lay down for 20 minutes to an hour. When I get up I feel refreshed and ready to go. The 20 minute cat-nap works for me ... although I don't do this everyday, only on the rough days.

I also backed off riding a bit, from 5 or 6 days per week to 4 or 5. I ride 20 miles minimum, every ride so I have stayed in riding shape. In fact I feel a bit stronger taking 2 or 3 days off per week. I rode 40 miles Sunday morning without any fitness issues and felt better then I have in a long time on a ride - course the temp finally dropped out of the 90's to around 70.
I think it's partly the time of year, I find that the end of August is the hardest time to get motivated unless there is a goal to meet, for example if in January you decide to have 2000 miles by labour day your looking at 1900 on the clock, it's easy to get motivated to push yourself to go 100 miles in 7 days. These days my goal is to simply pass last year, this year I am 41km off last years pace, but this year I had 2 months off due to hernia surgery. Even so, I expect to pass last year because every month since returning I have surpassed last years numbers. It was hard to be motivated before my surgery though....
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