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Old 11-27-05, 06:59 PM   #1
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Cycling doens't satisfy me anymore

I recently did my first tour (which happened to be across the US), and have found that since I got back home I have lost interest in cycling. All my local routes I used to ride seem passe and boring as all I can think about is doing another big tour (which is not going to be possible for quite a while - I used up all my brownie points with the family on this one!). I have even gone to the extreme of building up a SS bike, which I ride to work and which is vaguely interesting, but I haven't been on my touring bike for over a month. Has anyone else suffered this problem?? Help!
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Old 11-27-05, 07:05 PM   #2
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Why can't you do some overnight touring?
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Old 11-27-05, 07:11 PM   #3
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Absolutely.

In the mid-1980s I did a couple of short tours in Europe. Before that I used to do long loops around Chapel Hill. But once I did my first x-USA tour, all I could think about was my next tour. I finished a 4000-mile+ tour this past August and by the beginning of Sept. I was planing my next trip. It is a SERIOUS disease for which there is no treatment available. Even Betty Ford won't touch this one.

I'm single with no kids and a gypsy's work history. I'm sure it's much harder if you have a partner, school-aged kids, or a serious career. But I would encourage you to think about your next tour and plan for sooner rather than later. Maybe your partner would get into cycling?? Or come along in a camper?? Or meet you in a few locations for a long weekend with lots of romance mixed in.

Also, I'm not sure where you are from - but try to find new routes to ride even if it means loading up the bike and driving out a bit. I found that when I was teaching in Kansas, dirt roads that followed little creeks worked wonders for me.

Best of luck - J
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I recently did my first tour (which happened to be across the US), and have found that since I got back home I have lost interest in cycling. All my local routes I used to ride seem passe and boring as all I can think about is doing another big tour (which is not going to be possible for quite a while - I used up all my brownie points with the family on this one!). I have even gone to the extreme of building up a SS bike, which I ride to work and which is vaguely interesting, but I haven't been on my touring bike for over a month. Has anyone else suffered this problem?? Help!
Yes. I finished a 3 day tour across Kentucky this fall. Nothing compared to your big one!
It took me a couple weeks to get back on the bike and I really haven't been hot on cycling since. A good cold winter will change my mind I am sure. Hope it does yours too.

I think what happened to me was the fact I spent all summer training and then the big climax.

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First of all, take a look at this article:

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Pla...Depression.htm

In other words, what you are experiencing now is normal. I know I went through it when I got back from my Australian tour, and a friend sent me that article.

What helped me was to plan some events for the summer. They don't necessarily have to be weeks or months of touring, they could just be weekend events. I did a long weekend tour with a local cycle-touring club last May which was great. It wasn't a long tour, but it was nice to get out there again right at the start of the season.

You might also consider getting into some other challenges like maybe racing with your local club, or doing a few brevets, or the local century or double century ... things that get you out on your bicycle once in a while.
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I did my first tour because I was bored with women & sex. When I got back I was bored with cycling and couldn't get enough women & sex. Now I can't get enough of either. Moral: All things pass, sometimes you just need to step away for a while.
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Do me a favor, eh? Keep it in Kentucky!
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First of all, take a look at this article:

http://www.bicycletouring101.com/Pla...Depression.htm

In other words, what you are experiencing now is normal. I know I went through it when I got back from my Australian tour, and a friend sent me that article.

What helped me was to plan some events for the summer. They don't necessarily have to be weeks or months of touring, they could just be weekend events. I did a long weekend tour with a local cycle-touring club last May which was great. It wasn't a long tour, but it was nice to get out there again right at the start of the season.

You might also consider getting into some other challenges like maybe racing with your local club, or doing a few brevets, or the local century or double century ... things that get you out on your bicycle once in a while.
What she said.

The same thing happened to me after my Tasmanian tour in 2003/04. Actually, that lull affected a lot of other parts of my life too. One thing I'm dreading about the February/March New Zealand trip is suffering the same thing when I get home.

It will pass with time. Just find yourself another challenge in the meantime, and maybe think about that overnight tour that someone else mentioned. Just get out a map and have a look at it, see if there's anywhere locally that interests you, and just ride there. You never know what you'll find out there.
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Take a break... go jump out of a perfectly good plane...
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Park the bike and do some hiking or paddling trips. I burned out on bike touring when I was younger and quit cycling for several years. now I mix it up to keep the experinces interesting. This year I didn't take a long bike tour, instead I built a kayak and paddled from Montreal to Waterford NY. next year I am bike touring again.
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