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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 10-25-11, 03:19 PM   #1
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Motivate me!!

Since my fall on a Labor Day 60 miler where I broke two ribs I have only done one short equipment check ride. I must admit I've lost my urge to get back at it. Maybe it has been because of the weather here in NC cooling off and I have no cold weather gear or maybe I've just plain lost my motivation but I really want to get back to riding.
Here in NC we have nice warm days up through Christmas so I need to get back at it.

So, tell me something that will motivate me before I start gaining weight and becoming a couch potato.

No need to be gentle.
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Old 10-25-11, 03:22 PM   #2
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Stop whining & HTFU, pantywaist.




hey, you said no need to be gentle!
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Old 10-25-11, 03:57 PM   #3
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Start commuting to work if it is close. If it is not then go by bike for general errands. Find a group to ride with. Get your feet wet and get your confidence back.

You fell, you got an ouchie, you get up throw some dirt on it and get back to it. Others can just HTFU, others need to rebuild confidence.
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Old 10-25-11, 04:23 PM   #4
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Breaking ribs is no joke. Sorry to hear about that. I'm guessing/hoping they've healed by now. Still, it's a good reason to lose some motivation...!

I'd wait until you feel it again, otherwise it'll just be a chore, and you won't ride regularly. Can you find another way to pass your time, being active and outdoors?
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Old 10-25-11, 06:54 PM   #5
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Cold?! I am in Virginia and it has been in the low 70's high 60's, that's not cold it's great riding weather!
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Old 10-25-11, 08:04 PM   #6
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As they say in my profession "Suck it up and drive on" and "drink water".
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Get your butt out and ride, or you'll start gaining weight and turn into a couch potato .
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Old 10-25-11, 10:28 PM   #8
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+1 on the HTFU

If you know the value of the reward - don't need anyone else to motivate you
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Old 10-25-11, 11:09 PM   #9
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just go and do ten minutes even if you don't feel like it. 9 times out of 10 it turns out to be longer.
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Old 10-26-11, 04:44 AM   #10
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This is helping, I can take the "ribbing". I'm planning to ride this afternoon after work. I was going to yesterday but my riding buddy, my 23 year old son wasn't up for it. If I have to ride solo, so be it today.

I'm mostly healed up but still get pain occasionally and it's always improving.
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Old 10-26-11, 07:18 AM   #11
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The longer you wait, the harder it's going to be to get started again.
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After my crash in August that nearly killed me, I'm waiting for my rear wheel to get back from being trued so I can ride on the trainer for the winter. I'm pedaling a few miles a week in therapy, everytime they raise my level, I add 5 RPM... I will ride my bike again, hopefully by summer...

(Just a reminder, I broke my neck in that wreck, at the base of the skull. CRUSHED the T9 vertebra and damadeged T7, 8 and 10, and have my back fused from T7-12. I broke some ribs, some road rash, crushed a vein in my neck... Docs and nurses thought I was nuts when I said I was riding again. Wife is terrified... And the friend I was riding with that day, is building me a recumbent trike.)
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zjrog gets my vote for "Dude! You're Awesome!". Good luck with therapy and I hope you get back on the road.

My main motivating trick is put on my bike clothes after lunch. I work from home and don't have to meet clients so I can spend the entire day in pyjamas and wooly socks but this tends to make me lazy by late afternoon. So far putting on my bike clothes after lunch is working well for me. Oh sure, sometimes I end up visiting the library wearing bike clothes and the nice lady in the vegetable store no longer blinks twice at my leopard print jersey but my strategy ends a key de-motivator: can't spare the time. Dressed in bike costume means I don't have to whine my way out of changing my clothes (or at least getting out of my pyjamas).
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Old 10-26-11, 06:15 PM   #14
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GET BACK ON THAT BIKE MAGGOT OR I'LL HAVE YOU SCRUBBING TOILETS WITH YOUR TOOTHBRUSH !!!

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I really want to get back to riding.
Then get off the computer and get your @$$ on your saddle. A ten minute ride will do more to motivate you than a whole day whining about your lack of motivation.
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What ! ! ! You still here?

Go. Don't even finish reading this post. Just ride dammit.
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You're still reading . . . KNOCK IT OFF !
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