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HELP! I need motivation for tomorrow morning.

Old 06-21-10, 07:37 PM
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HELP! I need motivation for tomorrow morning.

Today has to be the worst I have felt riding since I picked it back up in April. Felt bad right out of the box. Legs of lead. I felt like I was jogging in a pool. I had to take Saturday and Sunday off due to work and a graduation party, but I have taken a couple days off in a row before and never felt this bad. I pushed it through 25 miles (longest ride to date) and managed to finish in just over 2 hours, but man was I sore and tired after.

Oh, and the kicker was that my wife surprised me with a trip to the Detroit Zoo when I got home. So I walked for nearly 4.5 hours as well.

Someone tell me it will all feel better at 6am so I can get back on the bike tomorrow morning and do it all over again.
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Motivation is one of the hardest obsticles for me to overcome. I always just put riding off and make excuses. You know that once you swing your leg over the saddle, you will fall in love with riding again. Maybe just go for an exploration ride, just go until you get tired, and head home. ( I don't know if this is a group ride you are in ot not)

Hopefully this may help a bit.

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Old 06-21-10, 08:24 PM
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It will all feel better tomorrow morning at 6am so you will be able to get back on the bike and do it all over again
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Everyone has days that they suck at riding. I had it the other day, my legs were dead. I had to really push through the ride. I got up and rode the next day and it was the best ride I had in a long time.
You will be ok tomorrow. Dont let todays ride get you down.
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Old 06-21-10, 08:32 PM
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Seriously - I can argue both sides of this coin, one side for why you should go riding the next day after a not-so-good ride, and also, the other side for why you should stay home and skip a day after a not-so-good ride.

Using myself as my example, I have decided it is more important for me to ride every day - whether for 26 miles, or for 3.5 miles around the house, but to get ON MY BIKE every day, PERIOD!

With my new knee, and my size, and only starting back up a few months ago - all these issues point at struggles to ride daily. That said, generally I always feel good *after* I do it - mostly in a self-satisfied way - but, I have seen more improvement from the riding on my health and abilities than from losing 50lbs - and that is what keeps me getting on the bike every day.

Sure, some of the days it's only for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 miles at the most, but other days it's 20-35 miles with stops for whatever reason so it takes me 4-6hrs from start to finish.

A thought? I have no idea how you ride, but do you ever simply ride for the riding? I mean, forget about speed, or distance, simply go riding, stop whenever and for whatever, and call it done when you feel like it without watching your watch, or miles, etc???
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take the day off - there's no shame
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
take the day off - there's no shame
Yep. You'll have more fun the next day when your legs aren't so tired.
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Be like Lance- do it for the pain!
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Thanks for all the responses. I decided that I would go off the trail that I usually ride and take some of the farm roads around here and maybe end up in Romeo for breakfast and then ride home. That was last night. Took some Advil before bed and woke up feeling pretty good. Only thing is...thunderstorms. I'm going back to bed and riding tonight after work. I have no choice in taking Wednesday off so I need to ride today.
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Thats the spirit, just make it happen. Made the same choice this morning, changing the time of your ride can help freshen things up too.
Usually my ride is from 630-8. But tonight I think I'll ride back on the more country roads.
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Sometimes, I need a day or two to drink lots of water, eat healthy, and not ride.
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After a full day, there may not be motivation for many things so why don't you try riding to work. For me its a great way to get in alot of miles and not take up that much more time. I know it may not work for everybody but I would at least give it some consideration.
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motivation is so personal. mine can be very strong and can keep me on track. however some days are pretty sketchy and I have to roll with whatever my schedule; weather; equipment and body is telling me. right now my life is in complete turmoil so I'm glad to do anything.
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