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Old 12-06-06, 03:05 PM
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How to keep it up

I registered here on Bike Forums in order to get some much needed advice from folks who would know.

This will be my eleventh year commuting by bike year round in Minneapolis. Granted it's not really that far (about 5 miles each way), but I have felt proud of myself because it's not always easy. I have gone into every other winter with an "I am gonna kick ass" sorta attitude and just love it when people say, "Oh my god did you ride your bike?!?

This year, I just don't want to do it. It seems so much colder somehow and my passion is gone. We have barely reached below freezing and have had hardly any snow yet and I'm already wanting to whimp out! I am a decade older, my joints don't recover as well...ah, excuses.

Any advice on how to get it back?
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Old 12-06-06, 03:17 PM
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Amybeth;

I think anyone who's ridden for a number of years has periods of very low motivation / interest. I've ridden and commuted for about 33 years (the commuting part of that probably only 24 or 25 years) and have at times, felt the way you do now. Granted, I've never had to brave ice storms (I live in LA) but our heat, wind and drivers are plenty discouraging at times. In my case, my solution is simple. I take some time off the bike, I try not to feel guilty about it and I don't push myself to start riding again. The result is always the same. Soon enough, I miss riding, I realize how much I hate driving and in no time I'm back on the bike, refreshed and newly reminded of how much I love it.
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For starters read this....

https://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=249591


The OP was considering giving up for a different reason but there are lots of motivational posts in that thread.
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Originally Posted by amybeth
I registered here on Bike Forums in order to get some much needed advice from folks who would know.

This will be my eleventh year commuting by bike year round in Minneapolis. Granted it's not really that far (about 5 miles each way), but I have felt proud of myself because it's not always easy. I have gone into every other winter with an "I am gonna kick ass" sorta attitude and just love it when people say, "Oh my god did you ride your bike?!?

This year, I just don't want to do it. It seems so much colder somehow and my passion is gone. We have barely reached below freezing and have had hardly any snow yet and I'm already wanting to whimp out! I am a decade older, my joints don't recover as well...ah, excuses.

Any advice on how to get it back?

Don't ride for awhile -- you'll start to miss it. And if not buy the biggest beast of an SUV you can like eveyone else...
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Old 12-06-06, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ragboy
Don't ride for awhile -- you'll start to miss it. And if not buy the biggest beast of an SUV you can like eveyone else...
Or buy that SUV now. Fill the tank after a week of driving. Think of how much bike stuff you can buy for $80. Repeat as needed
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Originally Posted by ragboy
Don't ride for awhile -- you'll start to miss it. And if not buy the biggest beast of an SUV you can like eveyone else...
I second this idea. Take some time off the bike; you'll when it's time to ride again.
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Old 12-06-06, 03:54 PM
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Time off is essential. I'll take a weekend off and not do any recreational riding, or take a zero-day like I did this monday when the alarm went off and I decided that spending an extra 40 minutes in bed with my g/f was more important than the December Commuting Challenge.

Heck, take a week or a month off if that's what you need.
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I just stand in front of the mirror naked for a while...if that doesn't work on the first day, it eventually will.

But hey, I am a firm believer that if you aren't enjoying it you are doing it wrong. Take some time off the bike. It's no sin and there is nothing better than rediscovering a lost joy.
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All I need to do is ride the RT a couple of days and I am itching to get back on the bike.
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Ride Public Transit for a day. One sicko sneezing on me and the urge to ride my bike sends me into a werebiker frenzy.
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Old 12-06-06, 04:36 PM
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When I didn't ride for two days last week, I started thinking that it was too cold and nasty to ride. Then, when I got back on the bike, I realized/ remembered how much I like it. I'm afraid if I'd stayed off, though, a barrier would have gone up and it might have been the next really nice warm spell before I hopped back on. (I'm in Illinois; not awful, but not tropical, either.)
Logging miles helps motivate me a lot; when it's nasty, I think "okay, these are the miles that **really** count. Anybody could ride on the nice days." I've got a bit of competition going with a guy on bikejournal now... I think I'll take a half hour of personal time, leave early, and get in some more miles
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Old 12-06-06, 06:19 PM
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Easy, get a new bike.

Maybe... a recumbent?
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Old 12-06-06, 07:33 PM
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Darn it, i thought this thread was about something else after reading the title
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I started commuting with the simple promise that I'd do it one day a week. Every week. It grew rapidly from there. Perhaps a like solution is on order for you. Take some time off but make yourself bike once a week to 'stay in practice'.

What's your route like?
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Originally Posted by Jarery
Darn it, i thought this thread was about something else after reading the title
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Alright. My first answer was facetious but upon further reflection...I just finished tonight's ride home ...I do have some suggestions. I've been cyclocommuting continuously since 1981 and haven't missed at least one ride per month since then, including a broken ankle and surgery to remove old hardware in 2001, so I know a little about motivation

1. Set goals. I hate setting goals (I'm prefer letting life happen and being surprised) but they help. In 2001, I hit my lowest number of commuting days, around 80, ever. I was spending too much time on airplanes and working way to many hours. The next year I decided that I was going to ride 3/4 of the work year -195 - and I set out to do it. I failed.

1a. Set realistic goals. When you look at a whole year ahead of you doing 195 days is a daunting task. Think of it like you would a long journey or if you wanted to do a century. 100 miles is a long ways but is 10 miles? 10 miles is easy. A century is just ten 10 mile rides. Break the year up into months and to meet those minigoals. I have records going back to 1988 and I know how many days I've ridden to work since then. This year I set a goal to ride more in each month then I had ever before. I've failed.

1b. Don't be afraid to let your goals slip a little. If you fail to meet one, it okay. It gives you something to shoot for next year. This year I'll be at around 170 days. Next year all I have to do is ride 2 more days per month to reach 195 days. It's not that hard.

1c. Leave something for next year. Come on, if you meet or exceed your goal, what's next? And don't try to make too many goals. One pre year is enough!

2. Find something that you want to do on a bike and use bike commuting to get to that goal. In 2003, I decided that I was going to do a trip on the Lewis and Clark Trail. I needed to be in good shape for 3 weeks and 1000 miles of riding and carrying my own gear (I did the trip solo and unsupported). So I started riding early in the spring with an eye on a Memorial Day start. I had to delay it to Labor Day but I hucked 40 lbs of bean and rice in panniers back and forth to work for the whole summer. I did the same in 2005.

3. See how little you can use your car. I was somewhat serious about looking at your gasoline bill. What you don't spend on gas, you can spend on your bike!

Now get out there and ride!
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Take a break for a while. Nothing about cycling to and from work every day is easy, we do it because we love to ride...when it's not fun anymore it really gets tough. Sometimes you gotta take a break. Don't beat yourself up over it, you don't have to prove anything to anyone. If you love it, at some point you'll miss it enough to start again. You may quit for the winter, but I'll bet the farm that come the first break in the weather, you're gonna get the itch again and remember why you started riding in the first place. Now that you've joined BF, I imagine you'll get the itch back sooner, rather than later.
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Originally Posted by jeff-o
Easy, get a new bike.

Maybe... a recumbent?
+1

The earliest autumnal (fall) weather this year had me feeling exactly the same way, but a real bargain secondhand road bike came up so i bought it. I've always had mtbs and wanted to try a roadie and instantly all my enthusiasm for cycling returned stronger than ever.

Taking a break would also be a good (and cheaper) idea.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
Now that you've joined BF, I imagine you'll get the itch back sooner, rather than later.
+1 for this. It really *is* inspirational just lurking here.

Good luck!
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I must be an oddball since I enjoy it more when I commute often. Weeks when I only come in 1 or two times (due to travel or golf mostly) are weeks when I lose my endomorphins and I'm lackluster. When I keep it going, I've got that bounce in my step.

Take into account, however, that I don't take 40 mile rides on weekends.
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Originally Posted by amybeth
I registered here on Bike Forums in order to get some much needed advice from folks who would know.

This will be my eleventh year commuting by bike year round in Minneapolis. Granted it's not really that far (about 5 miles each way), but I have felt proud of myself because it's not always easy. I have gone into every other winter with an "I am gonna kick ass" sorta attitude and just love it when people say, "Oh my god did you ride your bike?!?

This year, I just don't want to do it. It seems so much colder somehow and my passion is gone. We have barely reached below freezing and have had hardly any snow yet and I'm already wanting to whimp out! I am a decade older, my joints don't recover as well...ah, excuses.

Any advice on how to get it back?
There is no penalty for taking time off.
I bet you can not take a month off if you try. I'm not kidding. You start missing it.
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When I got tired of commuting I got myself a fixed gear. It changed the experience entirely. Now I can switch through my bikes from road to mountain, mountain to fixed, etc... and it really makes my rides feel different.
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To the OP, While taking a break, consider what part of the commute bothers you the most...and how to minimize it.
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
To the OP, While taking a break, consider what part of the commute bothers you the most...and how to minimize it.
That's the danger when I take breaks...I start shopping for new gear!
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I just get amazingly cranky and then start spending cash on gear. Hopefully, I will come to my senses next time and hit the gym to work off some of my excess crankiness....I mean energy.
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