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Old 04-04-12, 06:59 AM
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Ever not feel like riding?

We've had great weather this year & I've already ridden to work about 20 times so far (way above normal for this time of year for me). We got some cooler weather, but nothing that I haven't ridden in beofre, then we headed south for a short vacation (TN). Since we got back Sunday, I have not felt like riding my bike to work. I wake up in time to ride, then think "Nah, I just don't feel like it." I attributed it to the coller weather (38 & 32 degrees in the AM Mon/Tues respectively) but it was 48 this morning & I didn't feel like riding again.

Anyone else hit a stretch where they just didnt feel like biking to work? I'm sure that once I get out there & ride, I'll be fine. It's just convincing myself to get out of bed & do it at this point.
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Old 04-04-12, 07:10 AM
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Immediately after a century, I always take at least three or four days off. Depending on the length of a tour, I usually take anywhere from a week to two weeks off.


I think I could do seventy miles per day, everyday, indefinitely...

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Old 04-04-12, 07:21 AM
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All the time. I find that I get the guilty sensation if I miss two days in a row, but life tends to intervene and there is nothing you can do about it. Riding bikes for me is somewhat of a zen excercise in de-stressing. One has to apply this school of thought on and off the bike!
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Old 04-04-12, 08:18 AM
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Sometimes when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing I think what it would be like not to ride. I usually psyche myself up for the challenge though. Other days, when the weather is fine, and I just feel tired or disinterested, I just take it slower.

I always ride.
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Old 04-04-12, 08:30 AM
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I almost never feel like not riding . . . unless I'm really sick with the flu or something. This morning it seemed like the alarm went off way too early but I find that if I can just get up and put on my cycling shorts, that starts the momentum going and then all the other steps fall into place.

The day after the Solvang Double Century I wanted to do a short recovery ride . . . so I did, on my fixed gear bike, in the rain. No, not too smart, but I wanted to do it and wasn't going to let the rain stop me.

Plus, commuting wise, one thought of driving in LA traffic is enough to get me on my bike!

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
unless I'm really sick with the flu or something.
I always have figured that if I am too sick to ride (which has never happened since I sold my car), I shouldn't be contaminating my co-workers. I have the flexibility of working from home should that situation arise. I would probably be too sick to want to work though if I was sick enough to stay off the bike.
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Old 04-04-12, 09:01 AM
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Frequently. I'll ride in any weather, but many mornings I just wake up and don't feel like it. Winter is worse, not because of the weather, but because my winter bike lives outside, which means fussing with locks. And lights, panniers, snow gear. Etc. My summer bike stays in the apartment, and it's much easier to get going in the morning with it.

This year's been tough because the weather has been too nice. I don't like riding studs on bare pavement, but there's still been too much ice for slicks. So I've bussed a lot of mornings, then walk home in the afternoon.
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Old 04-04-12, 09:36 AM
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I just try to imagine running on a treadmill or something like that. I was tired this morning and didn't feel like riding, but putting 40 bucks in the pickup's gas tank yesterday made me not feel like driving either.

Actually I generally just don't feel like going to work, no matter how I get there.
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Old 04-04-12, 09:43 AM
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I often have trouble motivating myself out the door. It's even led to some missed work this year.

Sometimes this is depression. The best cure is to ride, but...
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I did my longest ride to date this year last Saturday (66 miles) and stayed off the bike on Sunday, and wasn't all that hot on the idea of getting on it on Monday morning, but I'm glad I did. Have been commuting to work every day this week so far, and expect to sweep the week if the weather cooperates (chance of thunderstorms on Friday). But each morning as I wake up, I consider laying in and leaving later in my truck... I think that I didn't get the normal amount of sleep Friday or Saturday night and even was kind of restless Sunday night, so I may be suffering a little sleep debt? That makes me want to stay in bed every morning. I'll catch up on Saturday and Sunday and be my regular self next week (I hope).

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I never feel like waking up early. Once that hurdle is passed, I'd rather ride than drive.
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Old 04-04-12, 11:45 AM
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When sick or after a long weekend ride, or if the weather is really ugly. Otherwise, no.
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Super early in the morning when I'm still groggy. Every time I don't ride to work I feel way more tired and less productive.
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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post

Plus, commuting wise, one thought of driving in LA traffic is enough to get me on my bike!

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This. Many days I get up and don't want to ride. But once I do I'm always happy I did. And on the few days in a month I take my car, I almost always wish I was on my bike. It never gets super cold here, though, so I can imagine that making it even harder to get out of bed and put on the bike clothes.
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I didn't ride all winter, I regret that now. I'm planning on commuting through next winter as well, now.
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I frequently don't feel like biking to work in the morning, but on those days I generally also don't feel like driving to work or taking public transportation to work. Biking usually wins.

I actually find myself with the opposite situation. My work situation allows me to work from home most days, but it's often the morning ride that motivates me to come in to the office.

I'd say that if you don't feel like biking to work and you have other options, go ahead and take a few days off. If it isn't fun, what's the point? Pushing yourself to do it when you aren't enjoying it will only make things worse.
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I always rather ride than drive.

But getting out of bed 30 minutes earlier in the morning just so I can ride is difficult sometimes. But once I'm up, I feel like riding; if I get up late, I have to drive, and I do so VERY begrudgingly
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Immediately after a century, I always take at least three or four days off. Depending on the length of a tour, I usually take anywhere from a week to two weeks off.


I think I could do seventy miles per day, everyday, indefinitely...
Puh-lease.
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Pretty much drives me nuts to have to go a day or two without riding. Even if it's just tooling around town for a half hour, its better than sitting around watching TV.
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We had a relatively dry and mild winter here and I should have rode a lot more than I did. Sometimes I just didn't feel like riding, so I drove.
Lately I have been more motivated to ride every day, especially when I ride by the gas station and see the price of gas!
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Originally Posted by TheTreauth View Post
I didn't ride all winter, I regret that now. I'm planning on commuting through next winter as well, now.
Winter riding requires extra motivation. But what I like about Winter riding is that all the weekend warriors, posers and hipsters are on subways and buses and drivers seem to give me more space because they think I'm crazy
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Anyone else hit a stretch where they just didnt feel like biking to work? I'm sure that once I get out there & ride, I'll be fine. It's just convincing myself to get out of bed & do it at this point.
At first, I'd feel that way once or twice a week and I'd just drive in. Now, maybe once a month. Either way it's no big deal; one thing I wouldn't want to do is to force myself to ride and get to where I didn't enjoy it.

Sad to say but honestly I think it comes down to sheer habit. If you're used to biking to work every day you don't even think about it, and the converse is probably true as well.
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nope, my other option involves two buses and a subway. On a bike I can get to work in 20 minutes, by the time I wake up it's usually too late for the transit option anyway.

My bike is just how I get to work. If the weather is really nasty, I'll put off other errands for a nicer day.
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