Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Tough question. I guess it is hard to identify with that type of schedule. I get up at 0445 to get to work at 0600. Then I can leave any time after 1500. I don't find it hard to get motivated to ride my bike, but it is sometimes hard just to get out of bed. Once at work, it is different. I can't wait for the ride home. Of cours, I am lucky in that I have worked out a nice route on which I only have to interact with significant traffic in a couple of spots. Obviously, there is almost no traffic at 0500!
Motivation is such a personal thing, anyway. Since it comes from within, we must each struggle with it. All any of us can do is point out the good things about riding, all of which you already know anyway. Two that might mean something to me if I were in your situation, especially the early morning ride home after a long night:
1. I am going home!
2. I will have had a good workout before most people even wake up, and I will probably sleep well.
You don't mention how long the ride is. Mine is 20 RT, 9 in, 11 home.