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"I need to ride my bike ..."

Old 08-22-16, 02:09 PM
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"I need to ride my bike ..."

Those are going to be my words when I walk in the door at home tonight.

Otherwise I'm going to say something else and I really don't want to regret words tonight.

I guess I'm making progress ... my first reaction to all this stress and crap going on in my head right now is to go home, and wring myself out on my bike.
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Old 08-22-16, 02:39 PM
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Ummm, OK. Not sure if you mean you're going to get permission from the wife or just going on a ride to get rid of stress.
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Old 08-22-16, 03:40 PM
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I think he means, he is progressing to the point that riding is his escape instead of whatever else he was doing (sitting on the couch eating fig newtons and watching endless amounts of the Trail Park Boys) which can be a problem for all of us. I think I am going to ride due to his motivation, even if the winds are 30 and gusty.
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Old 08-22-16, 05:26 PM
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It's a toughie! I've found that getting all suited up tips the balance for me. It's so much harder to get into that kit than it is to head out the door for a ride, I don't know what it is. But once the kit is on, the ride is happening, no doubt about it.
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just commute by bike; then you will have already ridden by the time you get to the door at home
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Old 08-22-16, 08:48 PM
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If you're stressed out try a leisurely ride.
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I understand the need to hit the road after a tough day.

My standard phrase to describe my mood is "I'm going out to beat up some pavement!"
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
It's a toughie! I've found that getting all suited up tips the balance for me. It's so much harder to get into that kit than it is to head out the door for a ride, I don't know what it is. But once the kit is on, the ride is happening, no doubt about it.
+1 ! it literally takes me more than half an hour to get dressed, and remember my gloves, sunglasses, keys, phone, snack, backpack and helmet. WTF

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And I really needed to ride my bike last night. I have been off it for more than a week. Thankfully I felt very strong and fast even though the cross wind was howling. Only did 12.8 miles, but I could have easily done more. I was more scared of the wind than I should have been.
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Old 08-23-16, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Yendor72 View Post
I think he means, he is progressing to the point that riding is his escape instead of whatever else he was doing (sitting on the couch eating fig newtons and watching endless amounts of the Trail Park Boys) which can be a problem for all of us. I think I am going to ride due to his motivation, even if the winds are 30 and gusty.
Correct! You passed with flying carpets! I f*ken ahtoadasoe!
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Old 08-23-16, 11:33 AM
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I've gotten back to doing 25 miles in the mornings during the week. Really gets my blood pumping, even if I do wake up at 4:40 a.m. Then I have a 2 mile commute to work. It's neat coming in the house on one bike, showering, getting dressed and then leaving the house on a different bike. By the time I get home this evening I will have gotten in 30 miles for the day. Makes it easier to sleep, too.
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Old 08-23-16, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by VCSL2015 View Post
+1 ! it literally take me more than half an hour to get dressed, and remember my gloves, sunglasses, keys, phone, snack, backpack and helmet. WTF

Organize and prepare. The night before I do an early morning ride I have everything but my phone ready to go. The bottles are filled and in the frig. The cards and cash are already in their plastic baggie. Gloves and glasses are inside my shoes. Helmet is hung on the bars. Clothes have been selected. And, most importantly, everything is in one place. All I need to do bike-wise is take the bottles from the fridge and top off the tires. For years I had a bike-train-bike-commute to a different state three days/week. A 4 a.m. alarm in the summer was routine. Maybe 5 a.m. during winter months. That's one way to make sure you are prepared the night before so you can relax with coffee and breakfast.
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Sometimes it's hard for me to get up in the morning and want to ride, but as soon as I'm on my bike I enjoy it until I jump off it again and go inside to shower and start my day. Like this morning for instance when I felt like a total zombie (don't know why because I was in bed at 8:30, half an hour earlier than usual) and 5 AM came a bit earlier this morning.
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Originally Posted by Yendor72 View Post
I think he means, he is progressing to the point that riding is his escape instead of whatever else he was doing (sitting on the couch eating fig newtons and watching endless amounts of the Trail Park Boys) which can be a problem for all of us. I think I am going to ride due to his motivation, even if the winds are 30 and gusty.




Indeed! And when you compare that to the time it takes to pour a double shot of bourbon on the rocks its easy to slack!
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Old 08-23-16, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
Those are going to be my words when I walk in the door at home tonight.

Otherwise I'm going to say something else and I really don't want to regret words tonight.

I guess I'm making progress ... my first reaction to all this stress and crap going on in my head right now is to go home, and wring myself out on my bike.
Whatever it takes. Many of us need little motivational hacks. I don't have much problem getting motivated to ride on weekends, but a lot of times, riding during the week is more problematic. I decided that since I have to drive my son to mountain biking Tuesday and Thursday afternoon/evening, I just take my bike along and ride for and hour or so rather than just sitting around waiting or grocery shopping while he does his trail rides with his team.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Organize and prepare. The night before I do an early morning ride I have everything but my phone ready to go. The bottles are filled and in the frig. The cards and cash are already in their plastic baggie. Gloves and glasses are inside my shoes. Helmet is hung on the bars. Clothes have been selected. And, most importantly, everything is in one place. All I need to do bike-wise is take the bottles from the fridge and top off the tires. For years I had a bike-train-bike-commute to a different state three days/week. A 4 a.m. alarm in the summer was routine. Maybe 5 a.m. during winter months. That's one way to make sure you are prepared the night before so you can relax with coffee and breakfast.
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Originally Posted by nfmisso View Post
just commute by bike; then you will have already ridden by the time you get to the door at home
That is exactly what I have to do. If I drive to work, I'm in no mood to ride when I get home. If I get up at 5AM, by 6 I am ready to ride and enjoy the ride to work immensely. Trick is to go to bed early enough to get up by 5. That is something I slip on when life gets in the way.
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Jealous of all you that can ride in the morning. I get up at 5 already and go to work. If I got up at 4, I'd just get ready and be at work at 5 instead of 6.

I'd love to ride to work. I sweat like crazy and even though it's hot as the equator at work and I'm going to sweat anyways, I don't want to walk into 115° after just pedaling my rear end off for an hour. I could ride, but the one time I did, it was miserable when I got to work. Took me 48 minutes which wasn't too bad. I definitely don't want to get up any earlier. I can only sleep 6 hours, I'm not going to bed halfway through the evening when it's still light out to ride the bike.

I have no problems riding after dinner. I am just divorced, so it gets me away. Don't have a home to enjoy so all I have is the bike or the kayak. Much harder to prep to take the kayak out. Eat dinner, change the shirt, grab a water bottle and out the door. Not sure why one would have to struggle to remember keys, wallet, phone, etc that I've read. I would take them anywhere with me anyways no matter where I was going.
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Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
That is exactly what I have to do. If I drive to work, I'm in no mood to ride when I get home. If I get up at 5AM, by 6 I am ready to ride and enjoy the ride to work immensely. Trick is to go to bed early enough to get up by 5. That is something I slip on when life gets in the way.
This is my biggest trouble, getting to bed and sleep early enough every night, so I can wake up early enough to ride every morning.

Work in progress!
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correct! You passed with flying carpets! I f*ken ahtoadasoe!
deeeecent!
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