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Old 07-19-16, 05:55 PM
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So I usually ride between 20-26 miles 3 times a week. I think that's pretty good for 290 pounds.
I want to get to 30. The problem is I just get bored after a while.
Any advice?
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Do you ride the same route or change things up?

Do you ride the same time of day or change things up?

Do you ride solo; with a buddy or two; or in groups?

Do you ride the same bike each time?

Do you ever stop and smell the roses?

Do you ever try to increase you speed or do sprints to a traffic sign? Intervals between telephone poles?

In a nutshell, do something different to keep it from getting boring.
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I do three things that help me.

1. Try to beat my previous time.
2. On my 30+ mile rides I give myself a halfway stop point to refuel.
3. Enjoy the ride and scenery.
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
....... I think that's pretty good for 290 pounds. I want to get to 30. .....Any advice?
Losing 260.... sounds almost impossible. I'd look at losing much less weight.... say maybe only 60 pounds (getting down to around 200). That 60 pound weight lost might even make it easier (and more fun) to ride longer.

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Old 07-19-16, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
Losing 260.... sounds almost impossible. I'd look at losing much less weight.... say maybe only 60 pounds (getting down to around 200). That 60 pound weight lost might even make it easier (and more fun) to ride longer.
I meant 30 miles. My goal weight is 240. I was that 2 years ago when I rode London to Paris. I'm not worried about weight since I am sliming down quickly.
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Old 07-19-16, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
Do you ride the same route or change things up?

Do you ride the same time of day or change things up?

Do you ride solo; with a buddy or two; or in groups?

Do you ride the same bike each time?

Do you ever stop and smell the roses?

Do you ever try to increase you speed or do sprints to a traffic sign? Intervals between telephone poles?

In a nutshell, do something different to keep it from getting boring.
During the week i go after work. On the weekends early morning.
I usually stay consistent in speed and never stand and I'm usually in my hardest gear.
I ride alone mostly if i go with my buddy he likes to just take off super fast and stops after 8 miles.
I have 2 bikes and switch them up. I have a crux and a rockhopper.
I usually only stop at around 20 miles to eat a snack and chug some power aid.
Maybe some more breaks would help.
I did take a different route yesterday and that was nice. When I'm on my Crux it's easy to go from trail to road.
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the inner demon we all face at some point.

Switching things up, route, bike, speed, effort, games, groups ect ect

Only you can fix this.

Strava helps motivates some, works for me
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Go out and find some gravel or dirt roads to explore. You have a CX bike that's perfect for dirt and gravel roads. Mixing up road riding with some fun on dirt and gravel is what keeps me going.

Unfortunately my cross bike is down for some repairs caused by me having too much fun on the dirt a couple days ago on my commute. Riding the road bike last few days on the pavement for my commute is mind numbingly boring.
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Find a riding partner or local cycling club that does weekly rides.
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
So I usually ride between 20-26 miles 3 times a week. I think that's pretty good for 290 pounds.
I want to get to 30. The problem is I just get bored after a while.
Any advice?
There's nothing wrong with what you're doing. I'd rather go "all In" for 25 than putter around for 100.
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
So I usually ride between 20-26 miles 3 times a week. I think that's pretty good for 290 pounds.
I want to get to 30. The problem is I just get bored after a while.
Any advice?
Learn how to enjoy the ride.

Once did 80 laps around the block. 40 miles.

Get Herbie Horn and honk at the neighbors as you ride.

I have met them all.
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Old 07-20-16, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
I meant 30 miles. My goal weight is 240. .......
Just my attempt at humor while making my point. The less weight (within reason) the less the effort to move it. Often times the easiest way to increase both distance and speed in merely for the cyclist to pair-down some excessive weight.

When I've found myself wanting a little more variety in my cycling routes I looked for photo ops for selfies... that I post to Facebook.

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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
So I usually ride between 20-26 miles 3 times a week. I think that's pretty good for 290 pounds.
I want to get to 30. The problem is I just get bored after a while.
Any advice?
I replied just recently to this similar situation:


Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
I've been off of work for the past couple of weeks and I find that I have less motivation to ride in the morning. You know how it is, trying to decide where to go, which bike to use, how far to go, etc. Too much thinking involved, and sometimes I just say, screw it....
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I can relate. Nearly all my cycling is my commute, and I have four nice routes routes with many extensions that take me through some of the best cycling in Metro Boston…
Since I have cycled so much In Metro Boston, I’m not motivated by novelty, and I have to overcome the familiarity. ..

I have previously posted about my mental techniques to overcome the sameness of my routes.

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I'm very motivated by novelty, and stymied by boredom on a bike, but I do have the motivation of commuting to work. I have found that when I drive my frequent, decades-old routes I often notice things I had not seen before. I think it’s because I can look around at more than just the road surface when driving. So when the commute [route] is getting too familiar, I just raise my head higher and look over a wider fieldof view….

One other whimsical technique on familiar roads is to imagine I'm riding with a certain fellow BF subscriber from the Midwest I enjoy reading, and I'm showing him around on my route. I particularly enjoy having visitors to Boston and take them on tours…
Originally Posted by Steven Wright
”I have an imaginary friend, but he won’tplay with me.”
and,

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
About two weeks ago I described a new training routine for myself …Another unintended benefit is mental. I find that to honestly maintain my 60% RPE pace I must concentrate on keeping it up…One detraction from training for mileage is sometimes the lack of novelty (boredom)from riding well-trod routes. I find that the mental concentration and enjoyment of keeping on pace occupies my mind enough to displace any thoughtsof boredom....
Finally,

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I have frequently taken note of these two similar taglines when reading posts by these subscribers:

@chasm54
There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
And
@Sammy J
I have NEVER regretted going on a ride;
I have often regretted not going when I could have!
In addition,

Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
Do you ride the same route or change things up?

Do you ride the same time of day or change things up?
...

In a nutshell, do something different to keep it from getting boring.

Riding a usual route in the reverse direction is always a new route. Also, for the prolific cyclist and photographer on the Regional Northeast Discussion Forum of the 11-mile (only) Minuteman Bike Trail, @rholland1951 comments that the lighting of that particular time of day makes it a new route too.

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Old 07-20-16, 09:11 AM
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An extra bike in the garage always helps me feel motivated ;-)
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The other day, I went out on what I was telling myself was going to be a short ride. I talked myself into believing I wasn't feeling well. I think I was bored.

Anyways I went out to do a shorter than normal ride. When I was like two miles in I ran into a group of tweens and followed them. I was laughing my ass off, (Kids do say the funniest things.) Before I knew it I was 14 miles in on a ride.

I did the same thing on the way back, but this time, it was a rather nice pair of bike shorts, I was trying really hard to keep up with and keep within eye sight.

I would also say travel a little bit, I take my bike with me. I went to Atlantic City, that was a interesting ride. I took my bike down to the hudson valley and there were trails all over the place, and so much fun.
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Experiment to find the joy in cycling. The distance or duration no longer matters as #10 Wheels said once you find it. For me it was tracking each ride and using strava to measure my progress. Finding a group to ride with also helps to keep it fresh.
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26 to 30 is 4 additional miles. Maybe, what, 15-20 min. more.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
26 to 30 is 4 additional miles. Maybe, what, 15-20 min. more.
Ya I know it's only 15 mins.
It's been too hot here all week for me to ride so tomorrow I am just going to do it.
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I like to try and go somewhere. It's always nice to get "there" and take a break. Then you have no choice but to bike back. Or... if you are doing a loop, give yourself several places to go. I also like to take pictures of the places I ride, but I don't do a very good job of stopping to actually take the pictures. So... that's kind of dumb on my part. Need to get better at that.
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
So I usually ride between 20-26 miles 3 times a week. I think that's pretty good for 290 pounds.
I want to get to 30. The problem is I just get bored after a while.
Any advice?
Make a game of it. Aim for speed, shoot for better times over x distance, that sort of thing.

I found having a very nice bike that goes fast helps to make riding more enjoyable. I race against time, sprint up to speed after stops, and try to improve on it from one day to the next. If that fails, I just think about sex...or food. Food always works. "What will I eat when I get home?"
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I'm usually in my hardest gear.

That's a problem right there!

What ever cog you are on, go one or two bigger and take the strain off the joints.

Get on Google maps and start exploring with the satellite view where might be interesting to explore and then go there!

Since you have a CX bike, you have a "go anywhere reasonably fast" machine. So just explore a bit. Make a challenge out of "can I get from point A to point B" on a bike. Or from home to point A and back via route X.

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Originally Posted by 1242Vintage View Post
Go out and find some gravel or dirt roads to explore. You have a CX bike that's perfect for dirt and gravel roads. Mixing up road riding with some fun on dirt and gravel is what keeps me going.
+1

Riding on the road is okay, but I realized this winter/fall that dirt and gravel roads capture my attention. There's something about that particular type of suffering that really does it for me. As much as I like to string together as many miles of gravel as I can find, I have found that mixing up gravel with regular road riding is more realistic for me, since gravel is tougher and harder on the body than smoother roads.

I also echo the suggestion of Strava for motivation and encouragement.
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
Ya I know it's only 15 mins.
It's been too hot here all week for me to ride so tomorrow I am just going to do it.
smh. I was referring to the boredom assertion, not heat or anything else. You can ride 26 miles without getting bored but cannot manage another 15 min. to get to the 30 miles you covet? That makes no sense to me.
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I crave the brainless activity that is biking. Well, not brainless, but not filled with all the forms of distractions we have in our lives today. Not having those interruptions for an entire ride is very refreshing to me, not boring. I could ride for days without the need to hear even the voice of another person. Enjoy the silence, and think about being on the bike when you are over stimulated by the techie world we live in now.
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I just try not to fall over and go as far as I can. If I get bored, I start thinking how boring it is on my inside bike in the winter time. That usually puts me in a better frame of mind !
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