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Old 03-27-05, 06:54 PM   #1
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Looking for motivation

I've been reading this forum for a few weeks. I really need some exercise of some sort, and am trying to get back into the bicycle, and I rode around the neighborhood some yesterday. Our town, Chattanooga, has made some efforts to provide some sort of bike lanes, and "share the road" signs when the lanes run out. There is also this sort of tourist-y area downtown with an old bridge converted into walking and bikes and stuff, and next month, or so, they are supposed to open the final section of the "river walk" which is about a 10 mile path open to pedestrians and bikes along the river, and connecting to the aforementioned bridge. There's even a section of a bike lane running through part of my neighborhood, although the locals seem to want to park their cars in it. There's a whole lot of rural roads in North Georgia just a few miles south, and the Chickamauga Battlefield is a place where lots of families take their kids and more experienced riders park their cars and begin bigger bike rides all the time. I'm an over-50, so I enjoy reading some of that column, and my old Raleigh Record is from the late 70's so I find the vintage column pretty interesting -- I think tinkering was part of my motivation back in the day. So now, with apparently all kinds of places to ride, why am I struggling for motivation to do it? I think maybe finding time is just a whole lot harder than it used to be...
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Old 03-27-05, 07:48 PM   #2
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Hi! and welcome

I guess there are some things you just fall in love with, and some you don't.

Do you like physical activity in general?

Sometimes as you do something more it gets easier.

I believe that if you ride a bike for "exercise" it is likely doomed to failure. You need to find other reasons to ride a bike than "exercise." Exercise denotes a chore - something you wish you weren't doing, but feel you have to, and then you find any and all excuses not to do it.

At age 65 (motivation seems to vary with age), these are some reasons I have for bike riding (and walking and weightlifting):

I love the feel of a bike under my own power, meeting and attaining physical goals which I set for myself.

I love watching the scenery and nature from a bike.

I enjoy riding with my wife and the social aspect at times.

But, I really enjoy time alone to think things through.

I love seeing my muscles get stronger and the weights I can handle getting bigger and/or more frequent.

I love increasing my mileage while I am walking. I used to think 2 miles was a long walk. I now take 5 mile walks or more and have done 12 mile walks.

So, I just happen to love physical exercise of one type or another. Neither my wife nor I can stand to be in the house very long - we have to get outside, even in blizzards.

Those are some of the reasons I love my physcial activities.

You will have to find your own reasons.

Good luck!
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Old 03-28-05, 12:03 AM   #3
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Motivation I think is something that is within each and everyone of us and it's all depends if you have the desire or not to do it. I ride for the feeling of being free to move around my environment and cranking my heart and lungs out to let me know that I am alive and well. I discovered riding when I was a kid and I know that for myself when I out on the road it reminds me of those moments in time when life was just a simple thing. I have friends that I ride with and I always find that we push each other to ride more and harder just for the fun of it. I've been a martial artist for a long time and I find that cycling has helped keep me in the kind of shape that I want to be in for the rest of my life. I find that cycling doesn't beat your body up much and it's a great way to stay in shape without stressing it either. I know that I have influenced a lot of people to purchase bikes, but most of them really don't ride much, and not often. So if motivation is what you are looking for you need to find it within yourself what makes you do what you gotta do. I found mine.
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Old 03-28-05, 04:16 AM   #4
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Welcome, Ol Danl , in choo choo town. I live down the road 100 miles in Atlanta. Chickamauga Battlefield is a good place to ride. There's a book called Road Rides in North Georgia (or something like that) that lists several rides, including rides for beginners. Some of these are in the Chickamauga Battlefield area. In addition, on weekends, both the Silver Comet trail which is west of Atlanta and the Chief Ladiga Trail which is close to Piedmont, Al. are good rides. Jeff
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Either the motivation is there or it isn't. Most of us experience certain benefits that keep us going. After a period it becomes a habit. I enjoy the feeling after a good ride. I enjoy the movement. I especially enjoy the natural beauty that I am taken to with my bike on organized rides and tours outside of the city I live in. Sometimes I don't feel motivated to exercise so I just tell myself to get on the bike and ride for the pure joy of it, no goals. Usually I'll warm up and increase my level of cycling and if not, fine. At least I'm enjoying myself and that's good for me on all levels. Cycling is certainly one of the gateways into the joys of youthful pleasures even though I may not be so youthful chronologically.

Riding with others, friends, local bike clubs, etc is also an excellent way to get motivated. Cycling is a major social avenue for me, meeting new people...etc.
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Welcome Danl from an Atlanta area member.

What kind of motivation do you need? Fun, fitness, weight loss, stress relief, competition???
I'm sure someone here can come up with an idea or two.
Perhaps a new bike would get you motivated. I just got my "new" commuter (see below) in December for my 60th birthday.
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Old 03-29-05, 11:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for your replies -- sorry it has taken me so long to get back. I guess my motivation will have to be fun and fitness. Good to hear from you Atlanta folks. I'll be looking for the North GA ride book -- years ago I rode out there quite a bit with the local club, and I was lost most of the time. I'm feeling a bit pumped already. Hope it doesn't rain this weekend.
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Old 03-29-05, 12:19 PM   #8
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Thanks for your replies -- sorry it has taken me so long to get back. I guess my motivation will have to be fun and fitness. Good to hear from you Atlanta folks. I'll be looking for the North GA ride book -- years ago I rode out there quite a bit with the local club, and I was lost most of the time. I'm feeling a bit pumped already. Hope it doesn't rain this weekend.
Like others before me have said, you will be motivated to do somthing if its somthing that you enjoy and somthing that you want to do. If you think of it as somthing that you "should do because its good for you," then you are doomed for failure.

Try going out and purchasing a bike that you really really want. A bike that feels good to ride. Then just get on it and ride. The more you do it, the easier it comes, and you find your own kind of riding that you like.

some are road bike riders, and ride on long trips, with all the fancy clothes, and ride in groups out of town. And others, like me are urban warriers, on hybrid commuter bikes, shorts, and tennis shoes, on urban bike trails. I ride alone or with my daugheters.

You will find your own style. The important thing is to enoy it, and just do it. It will become a part of you.

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Old 03-29-05, 12:33 PM   #9
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On April 17th there's the Raccoon Mtn road race in Chattanooga.

Click here for more information.

I'm not suggesting you race, but it might be fun to go watch.
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