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Old 10-26-05, 10:23 AM
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Old 10-26-05, 10:31 AM
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If you keep making excuses, you just become a statistic. If you bike to work, especially through inclement weather, people will admire your skill, dedication, and level of fitness. You'll feel better, look better, and generally be able to do more with life because you are in shape.

First you bike to work, then you get the power, then you get the women. - adapted from Homer S.
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Old 10-26-05, 10:36 AM
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Do ten pushups as soon as you wake. Then slowly increase it to fifty. It'll get u'r adrenaline flowing enough to get on the bike. The rest is smooth sailing...

Another way is to sell all ur vehicle(s), and run your liscence through a paper shredder...
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Except for an occasional ride to work (like once every five years), I STARTED when I was fifty ONE. I was getting heart palpitations whenever I did any sort of exercise, I had little kids, I had no time, etc. You've got to be a plugger. Just keep telling yourself you can do it, you're going to do it, you'll just take one trip at a time, one trip is better than zero trips. In your case, if you used to ride 15,000 miles in a year, you already KNOW you can do it. Think of that 52nd birthday, or 53rd, when you'll wish you had started the year before. They sneak up. Watch the Red Green Show. We're pulling for you. We're all in this together.
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Old 10-26-05, 10:48 AM
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I keep making excuses like rain and cold or there isn't enough time to ride to work.
I've definitely felt that way sometimes.

Some of the things that have worked for me are:
-Thinking to myself that I actually like riding my bike
-Thinking to myself that I actually like school/work (at least, there are things I like about it and I like what I do better than a zillion other things I could be doing... hey, I actually DO like this)
-Deciding what time I need to go to bed to get 8 hours of sleep plus some time to lay in bed, maybe read, and then fall asleep. Actually getting ready for bed beforehand, and thinking to myself that I'm tired and lazy and looking forward to being in a comfy bed while I get ready for bed.
-Thinking of what I'm going to do to prepare to leave in the morning. I'm not a very good thinker in the early morning, so having a plan that I'm following is good. This means making sure I'm not going to wake up and waste time because I don't know what to wear (sometimes a problem with indoor clothes, sometimes rain or cold weather clothes) or because I don't know what I'm going to have for breakfast or lunch.
-leaving enough time to ride to work at a moderate pace and still be early

Also, regarding weather that causes discomfort, I think everyone has to at some point grapple with two different issues. One is that you need to obtain and wear clothing that is reasonable for the weather. Make sure your feet, your hands, and everything else are warm enough and dry enough.

The other is the psychological side of it. Firstly, it's good to avoid being really stressed out about the weather. It's good to be aware that tensing up will make blood vessels constrict which can prevent heat from going from your body core out to your limbs. This can be a good thing in that it can prevent hypothermia, but usually on a bike it's not good. If your body core is cold, you probably need to pedal faster. (not necessarily harder in the sense of putting more pressure on the pedals.) When you're just starting out, allow yourself to be a little cold, assuming the pedaling will be enough to warm you up. The other psychological issue is at what point you say "to heck with it, having my skin a little chilly doesn't do me any harm." I think it's possible to have your skin surface temperature go down to 45 degrees or lower without any harm whatsoever. To some people this feels really cold, but if you allow yourself not to be bothered by anything long as you don't get close to frostbite or hypothermia, you might find yourself a happier bicyclist.
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Old 10-26-05, 10:52 AM
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How about you'll lose 20 pounds and feel great!

As to not enough time, that's a priority thing. I don't know what other commitments you have on your time, but you currently do things that aren't all that important, like sit in front of the television? I've found that bike commuting does sort of slow down my life a bit, but I also found the relaxation from the ride clears my mind from work and gives me more energy to do more things after getting home. And kicking the TV habit helps a lot in many ways.

Since I'm only just about 40, I certainly can't criticize you. BUT, if you start riding again, you'll have my admiration!
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Old 10-26-05, 02:12 PM
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Move your Butt Soldier!

Anyways, I'm sure you've thought of this but one thing that can make it easier is to take in a week's worth of clean clothes and groceries os that you can travel lighter. Then prep your riding clothes and bike the night before. So that when you get up you just throw on your gear and hop on your bike before you have time to think about it. Once your out there you aren't going to whimp out and turn around. Set modest goals and don't feel like it's all an either/or proposition. Ride when you feel like riding and drive when you don't. And finally invest in some good gear, maybe a new bike and definitely some good cold weather clothes. Nothing like a new ride and duds to get you motivated to get on the road.

Get out there and good luck.
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If you're single: great way to meet chicks.
If you're married: great way to get away from wife.
Come back home in shape with an eyeful of opposite sex candy!
]Now Git Off Yer Ass!
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Old 10-27-05, 05:24 PM
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Get a Fixed Gear. Seriously, you will feel like biking is something new to you. Hell, you might even like it.
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Old 10-27-05, 06:03 PM
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Mrfix, do you think you need a checkup with your doctor? Reading the post makes me wonder if you might have mild depression, not something that may go away on it's own. One sign can be what is called anhedonia where a person no longer enjoys the things they enjoyed before. Just a thought. Good luck.
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Old 10-27-05, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by mrfix
I took this year off the bike, I want to get back into commuting but I don't seem to have the energy or motivation to get back out there. I gained 20 pounds and feel like crap. Anything you can say to get me going again will be greatly appreciated. I went from 15,000 miles a year to zero, my energy level is in the toilet, I keep making excuses like rain and cold or there isn't enough time to ride to work. I feel I'm lazy and out of shape, I need a push, It all happened when I turned 50, I feel and act like I'm ready for the home.
OK, here goes:

You put 20 more exces pounds on your fat arse. You feel like crap. You energy level is in the toilet. You're lazy and out of shape. You look like you're ready for the home.

Sound familiar? Now quit whining and get off your butt.

If you're bored with cycling, try a new angle. Instead of road biking, ride trails. Get a fixie. Go on a tour. Just do something, you bum.
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Old 10-27-05, 07:02 PM
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sell the car
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Spend a weekend planning. Make a list of everything you need to do to ride on Monday AM.

Then set everthing out on Sunday- Test ride your bike. Set your table for bfast (well, only if they are non-perishable). Lay your clothes out in the order you need to put them on. Everything. Then put it all in order.

Wake up on Monday AM and just do the "next" thing. Don't think about the ride to work. Just think about the current thing ("put on socks") and the next thing ("put on shoes"). By the time you are pedalling, you have started. Once you start, the rest is easy.

At the very least, all the work you do on Sunday will guilt you into riding.
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OK, I know everyone says don't use anything to block your hearing, but ...., if there is the possibility of listening to some music safely, like on a trail, it can be a GREAT motivator. For instance, songs like She's a Brick House, Superfreak, T Steak Boogie, Mr. Lover - you get the idea ... mo - to - vation

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Just take your bike for a spin in the evening, you'll remember how fun it is to ride, and it will be easier to take it to work.

Just this week there was a 3 car fender bender that had a major street all backed up as far as the eye could see. You could feel the frustration seeping out of the cages. I slipped along on my bike, crossed the street and was privileged to see a postcard moment as the sun broke across the fog rising from the lake. It was gorgeous. I even had to stop my bike a couple of time to admire it all.

Come on, you'll be so happy to be on two wheels again.
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Originally Posted by mrfix
I gained 20 pounds and feel like crap. Anything you can say to get me going again will be greatly appreciated. I keep making excuses like rain and cold or there isn't enough time to ride to work. I feel I'm lazy and out of shape, I need a push, It all happened when I turned 50, I feel and act like I'm ready for the home.
ok mr! Get your arse out there and RIDE!

Motivation huh?

Well, iffin you want to loose weight, I suggest WeightWatchers, I just hit 100 lb weight loss!

I lost about 50 lbs BEFORE I was cycling 100% of the time, June 22nd (Bike-to-Work Day) I quit driving all together! Last time I bought Gas it was 2.00/gal .
I lost another 50 lbs since June. I am a Lifetime Member now of WW. (FREE)

My goal is to ride 1 year 100% of the time! Even on my days off. So far So GOOD!

I was told you could lose MORE weight in the Winter with all the layers of Clothes.

You gotta get on that BIKE!!!!!
 
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i hope you won't be hurt by how much i enjoyed the first word of your thread title. it just seems so much more urgent and serious than plain old boring old "help"

i've been in that position as well. biking to work seems to be a very situational thing for me. sometimes i do it, and sometimes, usually when everything basic in life has shifted again and i'm busy rounding up all the ducks and shooing them back into a row, i just don't.

here's what's helped most for me, but i'm a bit oppositional-defiant so ymmv. it's the old journey-of-a-thousand-miles thing. the way things go with my life, and the number of additional factors i'm always having to juggle with, i just don't think in terms of great ambitious expectations. works for some people to make a promise to themselves and then stick to it, but i guess i ain't them. personally, i promise nothing to nobody when it comes to my bike, because after all this one particular thing is nobody's business but mine. so every time when i take my bike out for another 'first ride' on a new route, it's always just for this ride and just for today, and just for whatever it is i want to get out of it then. sometimes that has nothing to do with what other people want for me, or what they think i should want, or what they assume that i'll want.

i think also that it might feel harder to get started again for you, just because you're probably more aware than anyone else of what you used to be able to do. this could be completely off the wall, but maybe you're setting yourself an expectation that has something to do with your regrets about having 'backslid'? you might have a feeling that you 'should' be able to walk out tomorrow and do the same kind of riding you were used to, and maybe you're beating yourself up before you even get started, because you know it's probably not going to be as simple as that? i dunno; just a thought.

this is a nice place to be while you're thinking about it anyway.
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first put THE CLUB on your car. than get the motivation to ride to work once....leave your club key at work and you will be forced to commute...if you have chores to do after work than bring the key home...maybe my plan has a few flaws but cars suck anyways. RIDING RULES!!!
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Old 10-28-05, 03:11 PM
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[qoute=swwhite]Except for an occasional ride to work (like once every five years), I STARTED when I was fifty ONE. [/quote] Just don't think you hold a record though. My best friend started riding a bike regularly at fifty FOUR. And my grandmother didn't learn bike riding until early sixties (she now bikes around her village in Russia for various minor errands, on a single speed and unpaved rocky roads!).
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GET OUT THERE YOU SAD SACK! YOU WANNA END UP OLD AND GRAY ON A BREATHING APPARATUS, LIKE A HEAP OF DUNG!??!! STOP CRYIN' AND WHININ' YOU CHICKENSH*T POLTROON, GOD DAMN YELLOW-BELLIED SON OF A WH*R*!!!! I MISTAKENLY BELIEVED YOU WERE AN HONORABLE COMMUTER, I SEE NOW THAT YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THE REST. DON'T LIKE IT? COME ON! INTERFERE WITH ME FACE TO FACE!!!!

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15,000 miles in year is lot more than I've ever cycled--- it's easy to get burned out. Forget everything you learned in training, forget all the MHR and body fat gunk, don't time yourself, put away your cyclo-computer dealie bob.

I personally understand how horrible it is to get older and slower on the bike. At 40, I'm struggling up hills I hammered up on the big ring at 25. And no matter what I do, I'm going to keep getting slower until I finally just die.

But I plan on riding a whole @$#%(*#^%@&^^ lot of miles before that happens.

It aint easy riding against the wind, but it sure is fun.
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As the old Nike motto goes: Just do it!
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As the old Nike motto goes: Just do it!
That's the best advice yet. Just get on the bike and go, and don't give it any other thought. If you hesitate you'll come up with all sorts of excuses or "reasons" why you can't do it. Once you're actually out there, you'll forget about all of them completely. It's also wise not to set yourself any kind of speed targets or putting yourself under pressure to begin with. Just ride for the sheer joy of riding, the rest will take care of itself.
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Do it once.

Toki's advice is excellent:

Originally Posted by Toki
Spend a weekend planning. Make a list of everything you need to do to ride on Monday AM.

Then set everthing out on Sunday- Test ride your bike. Set your table for bfast (well, only if they are non-perishable). Lay your clothes out in the order you need to put them on. Everything. Then put it all in order.

Wake up on Monday AM and just do the "next" thing. Don't think about the ride to work. Just think about the current thing ("put on socks") and the next thing ("put on shoes"). By the time you are pedalling, you have started. Once you start, the rest is easy.

At the very least, all the work you do on Sunday will guilt you into riding.
After you do it once, post here and tell us how it went!
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Originally Posted by mrfix
I took this year off the bike, I want to get back into commuting but I don't seem to have the energy or motivation to get back out there. I gained 20 pounds and feel like crap. Anything you can say to get me going again will be greatly appreciated. I went from 15,000 miles a year to zero, my energy level is in the toilet, I keep making excuses like rain and cold or there isn't enough time to ride to work. I feel I'm lazy and out of shape, I need a push, It all happened when I turned 50, I feel and act like I'm ready for the home.
I think the answer is in your post - as it often is. Don't do 15,000 miles a year. I do 5k miles and I think it is enough. If I do more than that then I may burn myself out. 15k is a lot of miles on a bike. More importantly it is a lot of time on a bike

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