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Old 07-05-08, 09:41 PM
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burn out cure?

I have not been riding much at all for nearly a month, and not at all in the last 8 days(because i dont' have my bike here in Arkansas ><). It's the combination of helping my parents move, spending time with my brothers before they move away, and the summer heat in South Texas. But more than that, I have lost the motivation. The last bit of my college season sucked, I was really busy with finals and now I am back in my hometown with no one to ride with. I really want to ride, and I get all motivated when I watch the TdF but I know when I wake up Monday morning (first day i'll be with my bike again), I will not want to ride. I am so blown out I have not even been on BF in a while. I need help. Seriously.
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Old 07-05-08, 11:42 PM
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Take some time off and away from the bike. Within 72 hrs. you'll be craving a ride. In 5 days you'll be beside yourself with anticipation. Stay off the bike and do something non-bike related. Eventually you'll see yourself with a goal and then getting back on the bike will make sense. In your current frame of mind, however, staying off the bike will help you re-discover your goals.

Good luck. Burn-out and change of focus isn't easy.
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Old 07-05-08, 11:49 PM
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Just get away from it intentionally for a while. When you do want to ride, just go out and have fun. Let it come back naturally.

Note that it took me 12 years of riding around for fun before I got a racing license again. I don't regret one day of that 12 years. I am having a BLAST now.
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Old 07-05-08, 11:54 PM
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This is why it's a good ides to both road & MTB. If you get burnt out on one concentrate more on the other.
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Old 07-06-08, 10:00 AM
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I was feeling this way about a month ago, and got some very nice, thoughtful and much appreciated replies in the attached thread. For me it was a fairly simple fix, it was reassuring to me that others who post here that I have alot of respect for go through the same types of feelings, or at least have gone through them.

I went on a nice long weekender with the family, scheduled a family vacation at the beach in September, and gave some long thoughts about what it is that makes me train at 4:30 a.m., race, etc. I concluded it was the folks I race with and compete against, and considered whether I want that out of my life or in it. I chose in it. Right now, I'm hitting training milestones I haven't seen in a couple of years, and am just flying on the bike. A few more races, then I'll set the bike aside for about 3 weeks and start running, hiking, other stuff. Nothing sucks as bad as running, it's boring, slow, hot, and hurts. Makes the desire to ride that much stronger.

Good luck getting the groove back.

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Old 07-06-08, 11:13 AM
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Do other sports that don't involve any sort of bike.
If fact, they should provide no benefit to your cycling whatsoever. Use a different part of the body, and a different part of the brain altogether.
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Old 07-06-08, 04:30 PM
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I'm not sure a break is what you need - it sounds like you have already had one being off the bike for about a month. For me, the more I ride, the more I want to ride. Once I have a week or more off the bike, it is hard to get motivated to ride. Of course, I only get to ride 7 or 8 hours a week, so I am far from overtraining. Maybe what you need most are some riding partners. I don't know where your hometown is, but are there any club rides around? A group ride might get you going.
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Old 07-06-08, 06:40 PM
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DONT GET OFF THE BIKE!!!

change your riding/training routines instead
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Old 07-06-08, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
DONT GET OFF THE BIKE!!!

change your riding/training routines instead
Correct. Throw in some MTB action. It's helping me big time.
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Buy something new for your bike.
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Buy something new for your bike.
Just buy a whole new bike.
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Old 07-06-08, 07:07 PM
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Or that.
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Sorry for late responses, I was driving all day (boo 12 hour drive). I have taken enough time of the bike as it is, and i don't care to take too much more. I think I need to just get out and ride. The biggest thing i figured out riding against my mind right now is that i dont' think i can get in race-ready shape again to combat the month of /fail and hardly any riding. I need to just shock my body in to shape, but i think i have it in my head that my season is done.

Oh, and pcad, crimson: If I wasn't poor right now, I would have cured my bike burn out a long time ago. college sucks.
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Old 07-06-08, 07:23 PM
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Go ride with some folks who are much, much slower than you. You'll be surprised how fun some of these folks can be. But DO NOT sprint for a city limits sign...unless there is a young kid who'll get a kick out of it.
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Old 07-06-08, 08:30 PM
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College may suck, but it beats turning 50 kid. You'll see. On the other hand if you ride your bicycle enough, you may be fortunate enough to get hit by a Ford F-150. That will save you the grief of getting older, put you out of your misery and solve your motivation issues all at the same time.

If that's not enough to get you in the saddle, I don't know what is.
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Old 07-06-08, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by fuhrermatt View Post

Oh, and pcad, crimson: If I wasn't poor right now, I would have cured my bike burn out a long time ago. college sucks.
Dude, buy some new bar tape and put it on yourself.
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Old 07-07-08, 07:53 AM
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College may suck, but it beats turning 50 kid. You'll see. On the other hand if you ride your bicycle enough, you may be fortunate enough to get hit by a Ford F-150. That will save you the grief of getting older, put you out of your misery and solve your motivation issues all at the same time.

If that's not enough to get you in the saddle, I don't know what is.
You would get great results working a suicide hotline.
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Old 07-07-08, 08:49 AM
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Ride your stupid bike. Today. I tend to get that way after I'm off for a few days. I know I want to ride, but lack the motivation temporarily. You'll be fine once you're riding again.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
College may suck, but it beats turning 50 kid. You'll see. On the other hand if you ride your bicycle enough, you may be fortunate enough to get hit by a Ford F-150. That will save you the grief of getting older, put you out of your misery and solve your motivation issues all at the same time.

If that's not enough to get you in the saddle, I don't know what is.
That was truly inspirational . Only problem, is that around here, they are jacked up F-350's

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Dude, buy some new bar tape and put it on yourself.
Getting some today . Not quite the new wheelset I was eyeing though, haha

QUOTE=Usetacould;7013204]You would get great results working a suicide hotline.[/QUOTE]

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Ride your stupid bike. Today. I tend to get that way after I'm off for a few days. I know I want to ride, but lack the motivation temporarily. You'll be fine once you're riding again.
I rode today. It was great. Until I yakked all over the ground. Apparently my oatmeal didn't set well this morning.
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Old 07-07-08, 01:39 PM
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Last time I burnt out I bought a track bike. That fixied everything.
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How much do you ride?
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Let's go ride. Dunno when. Soon.
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Last time I burnt out I bought a track bike. That fixied everything.
I might get one for commuting, but I don't have too much of a desire to train on one because they hurt my knees.

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How much do you ride?
12-15 hours a week when I am riding regularly.

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Let's go ride. Dunno when. Soon.
Let me know. I don't have too much going on for the next 2 weeks. I am moving back to Austin in August so just let me know
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Old 07-08-08, 02:11 PM
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Hard to say - Did you give yourself enough rest after the 2007 season or did you train through the winter with no break. Right now is a bad time to burn out, at least it would be for me, because it's smack in the middle of our season. How much more racing do you have left?
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