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Old 11-12-12, 09:08 AM   #1
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What keeps you motivated? - my latest challenge

For me it's all about setting myself a challenge in the year and then training for it.

Next year's challenge is a race I set against a friend of mine. He is a fund raiser for Motor Neurone Disease and has bought a London taxi for driving around the country raising awareness.

Next June we're having a race. We leave Liverpool in England at 6pm on Saturday. He drives his taxi 350 miles to the mountain Ben Nevis in Scotland. I cycle my bike 80 miles to Mount Snowdown in Wales. We each have to wait until first light at 5am, we then climb up and down our respective mountains - Snowdon should be about 4 hours, Ben Nevis is about 5 - get back on our transport and race back to Liverpool.

The winner is the first one back to Liverpool, hopefully within 24 hours of leaving.

What keeps you motivated and do you have any challenges for yourself this year?
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Old 11-12-12, 11:38 AM   #2
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Steve, that sounds like a great race. VERY creative! Please post a race recap and pix when it happens!

I spent 70+ days in the hospital from April 2011 through March of 2012. While going through it all, I set a goal of climbing GMR to the Village. We had a group from here (I'll bet you saw the ride report thread here) that just did it about a month ago. That was an awesome day for me. Great group of people and accomplished my goal. Now I need to set a new one! I like having challenges to work toward.
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Since I started up again this year I've had a goal of riding at least 1 century next year. Probably a fund raiser of kind. Things are going well enough that I'm now considering expanding to 3.
After that, who knows...
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Old 11-12-12, 11:46 AM   #4
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I'm trying to sell my car so that I don't have a choice . . . Then I'll save money and stay in shape with my commute.
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Wow, that race from the mountains back to Liverpool sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience and challenge. Good luck, I hope you both have a great race.

For me, the motivation is simply to be a bicycle commuter every work day, no matter what mother nature throws at me. I like it, it really works for me. Some of the challenges include planning and logistics, like keeping batteries for my lights recharged properly, learning to dress for cold/windy/rainy, etc. It doesn't have a speed requirement like racing. It is a commitment to do it every workday, in the traffic and weather. I get many of the health benefits that distance and race riders get, plus I get to largely thumb my nose at the oil industry. I truly love it more than I thought I would. It certainly is enough to keep me wanting to continue, which is probably an indication that it is a good goal for me.
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Your a race sounds like a great adventure. I ride for enjoyment and exercise but also I'm hoping to do a cycle vacation down the Oregon Coast next year so I want to be able to ride comfortably on the ride. I must admit it isn't always what I want to do when the rain is coming down but then I remember the cycling tour and I dress up warm and get out there.

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Having a 14 year old riding that I won't be able to keep up with next year unless I do some serious work, and then a 9 year old waiting in the wings.
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Having a 14 year old riding that I won't be able to keep up with next year unless I do some serious work, and then a 9 year old waiting in the wings.
NOTHING better than riding with the kids!
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Every 2 or 3 years I try to get into shape to do a timed climbing event. This year I am aiming for this one again to better my posted time. When I do one of these rides, I usually start in November then drop 30-40 lbs by May. I've done Ride Around the Bear 4 times, last time in 09 so it's about time to get wit it!

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Seriously, you climb that mountain on your bike? 8,443 feet? That is a very serious climb!

I think Snowdon is only 3,500ft, but we're only cycling to about 1200 feet, before doing the final ascent on foot - there's no road and you can't cycle the track during the summer.
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Now I need to set a new one! I like having challenges to work toward.
I love these sorts of challenge/adventure type things - I like having something to train for and I like seeing myself get better - my problem is I lapse in between times. I'm not so good on organised rides, I quite like the adventure of having to find my way and not be sure what I'm getting myself into.

Good job on climbing the GMR, I look forward to hearing about the next challenge.
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Having a 14 year old riding that I won't be able to keep up with next year unless I do some serious work, and then a 9 year old waiting in the wings.
I love it, I'm already thinking cycling to Berlin (where I was born) with my son for my 50th birthday. He'll be 16 by then, so hopefully will be up for this sort of adventure and won't mind going with his 'old man'. He's only 6 so I've got time to brainwash him.
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Seriously, you climb that mountain on your bike? 8,443 feet? That is a very serious climb!.
Yes sir! Because we go up and down, the total elevetion of gain on the ride is 12,000 ft of gain. It's what separates the boys from the men here in California. ......
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One of the things which motivates me is knowing that I'm avoiding high gas prices, losing weight and having fun while the others are stuck in traffic jams twice a day.
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