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Old 01-30-10, 08:40 PM   #1
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Can't seem to get my butt back on the bike

Lots of excuses but mainly because I'm lazy...plus it's cold and wet out! Kudos to you folks logging miles outdoors.
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Old 01-30-10, 08:53 PM   #2
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We ride when it's ****ty out, so you don't have to!

Seriously... the bug will bite you again. rest assured.
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Old 01-30-10, 09:14 PM   #3
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I actually saw more people than usual out on Calaveras today, very nice day for riding (except the flat I got at 5:00 just as the sun started to set)
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I'm hoping to get in my second ride this year tomorrow. The last two weeks were spent getting, then recovering from the flu.
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The bug hasn't bit me again yet. Feel ashamed. I need to get on the bike and break my goal of 3k this year. Anyone have a workout/ride routine they'd like to share?
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I like riding - but to really keep getting out there, doing the intervals and riding in crappy weather, I need a goal. Last few years it's been the Death Ride, but it's looking like that may not fit this year so I'm going to try a few doubles. The risk of embarrassing myself is ever-present, and hearing the wrecking crew stories of their rides is more than enough to keep me going out and riding, knowing that at least a few of the crew will be at each double I've registered for.

For me at least if I try to train without having a goal - some big ride I really want to do and do well - I might as well just head to the gym put in some lackluster time on a treadmill!

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Anyone have a workout/ride routine they'd like to share?
Yeah.... I try to commute whenever the weather cooperates, 17 miles each way. It's a regular way to get miles in.
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What did it for me was stepping on the scale and actually reading the results...
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What did it for me was stepping on the scale and actually reading the results...
I just did that this morning. Not good. I may have to put 700 x 28 tires on my road bike if my weight keeps going up.
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Yeah, I was in the same boat. But with a training camp coming up at the end of the week, I sucked it up, put on the layers and lights and went for a ride after work on Fri. Will do one today at lunch to try and beat the rain.
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Yeah.... I try to commute whenever the weather cooperates, 17 miles each way. It's a regular way to get miles in.
+1. Commuting seems to be the only way I can get any mileage in anymore. I've resulted to adding more miles when going home since I can't get motivated over the weekends to ride in cold, foggy weather in the East Bay.
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put a little time in working on the bike(s). sooner or later you're gonna wanna take a spin to check an adjustment. every journey begins with the 1st step
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What did it for me was stepping on the scale and actually reading the results...
You're telling me. It's quite a good motivator though.
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Hey cantdrv,
I can relate since our PM's I've only ridden to get a burrito down the block I think I need to sign up for a century...
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When the weather is bad I typically need a reason to ride, for example riding to the store or the post office or to meet a friend.

Can you do any of your regular errands by bike?
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+1. Commuting seems to be the only way I can get any mileage in anymore. I've resulted to adding more miles when going home since I can't get motivated over the weekends to ride in cold, foggy weather in the East Bay.
Yep, when I'm bike commuting, I'll keep bike commuting even if all of my other riding drops to zero. Plus, keeping a commute going makes it easier to drift back into extracurricular riding. Less of a hump to get over.

I find a lot of the time that if my motivation is very low, if I manage to push myself out the door and actually get on the bike, I'm fine from then on. If you're like that at all, adding distance to your commute might be the best way to get some riding in until you get your excitement back.

And like Ms. I says, having a reason, destination, or general purpose for a specific ride seems to help a lot.

Good luck. I'm sure we've all been there. I know I have.
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Commit to a ride date with someone. I will always show up if I say I will, even if I wake up feeling like crap. If someone is waiting on me, I won't just grunt, roll over, and fall asleep. I feel a little more obligated to get out and go.

Honestly - if it weren't for ride buddies dragging me out the door, I doubt I would have more than 50 miles this year.
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Commute, commute, commute! There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Also, as an old Dutch guy once said; it's just water, you're not made of sugar.
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Commit to a ride date with someone. I will always show up if I say I will, even if I wake up feeling like crap. If someone is waiting on me, I won't just grunt, roll over, and fall asleep. I feel a little more obligated to get out and go.

Honestly - if it weren't for ride buddies dragging me out the door, I doubt I would have more than 50 miles this year.
I hereby obligate you to set up more slowpoke rides, preferably South Bay based!



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Yep, when I'm bike commuting, I'll keep bike commuting even if all of my other riding drops to zero. Plus, keeping a commute going makes it easier to drift back into extracurricular riding. Less of a hump to get over.

I find a lot of the time that if my motivation is very low, if I manage to push myself out the door and actually get on the bike, I'm fine from then on. If you're like that at all, adding distance to your commute might be the best way to get some riding in until you get your excitement back.

And like Ms. I says, having a reason, destination, or general purpose for a specific ride seems to help a lot.

Good luck. I'm sure we've all been there. I know I have.
This is totally me. I bike commute all year round, an dI don't let the weather stop me. But going out for fun in teh rain and fog just isn't... fun.
This has been a wet foggy Jan/Feb.
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Sounds good to me!
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When the weather is bad I typically need a reason to ride, for example riding to the store or the post office or to meet a friend.

Can you do any of your regular errands by bike?
Such a simple solution but execution is so hard. The post office is a good three miles away but every mile counts. There's a McD on the way back too!
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Commit to a ride date with someone.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I found reasons to cancel. Damn I'm lazy!!
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This is totally me. I bike commute all year round, an dI don't let the weather stop me. But going out for fun in teh rain and fog just isn't... fun.
Yep, once you get in the swing of things commuting, it's just how you get to work. While I'll admit that my current commute is extremely short, even before when I rode eight miles a day, I never woke up and thought, "I'm going to drive today." Didn't think at all about my mode of transportation at all, in fact.

And while I do love fun-riding in the rain and fog, at the same time they're such easy excuses. "Oh wahhh, I'll die! Boo hoo!"

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Sounds good to me!
Sounds like a second!
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