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Old 07-24-18, 07:21 AM
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No Motivation To Ride

Sipping my morning coffee fixin to prepare for a morning ride and no motivation watching the Tour De France is what Iím going to do. Summer doldrums have hit after a 109 day and a forecast 106 my energy is zapped. This morning I feel 50
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Old 07-24-18, 07:33 AM
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Watching TdF might motivate you for a ride. If that doesnt work, do you need a new bike or something?

Your summer is like our winter. You get to a point you just dont want to struggle against the elements.
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Old 07-24-18, 07:51 AM
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I would at least catch up some bike maintenance. And then you will need to do a test ride to make sure it's working OK. Then a longer test ride to confirm everything is OK.

109 though, really? And that's with Texas humidity too? Wow.

I think even Superman would procrastinate in that kind of weather. It's one of the major reasons why I don't live there, though there are many great things about it, which most Texans will be glad to list for you in exhausting detail.
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Old 07-24-18, 07:52 AM
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Too many bikes though it took over 20 years to collect them. Managing the physical energy budget having manual labor chores I must do and wanting to ride and battling this heat wave. Im sure tommorow I will be back needing my bike fix.
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Old 07-24-18, 07:53 AM
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With that kind of heat, I doubt I would be up for anything.

Too bad your nighttime lows aren't about 10 degrees lower -- that would help immensely, even with the daytime peaks and humidity.
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Old 07-24-18, 07:54 AM
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I know the feeling. I made it out Saturday when it wasn't so bad out. .Sunday was hot and humid. Totally not motivated. But today I woke up at 4 a.m. and did my bike-train-bike commute to my satellite office. Very humid but not hot. Chance of t-storms at any point in the day. Glad I got out. Plan to do the same tomorrow and Thursday.
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Old 07-24-18, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
I would at least catch up some bike maintenance. And then you will need to do a test ride to make sure it's working OK. Then a longer test ride to confirm everything is OK.

109 though, really? And that's with Texas humidity too? Wow.

I think even Superman would procrastinate in that kind of weather. It's one of the major reasons why I don't live there, though there are many great things about it, which most Texans will be glad to list for you in exhausting detail.
Yes 109 a record temperature. It is the humidity that is the buzz killer. Iíll spare you the Everything Is Bigger In Texas smack Good time to do some maintenance on reorganization of bike tools and take inventory so I wonít buy something I already have in storage.
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Old 07-24-18, 09:29 AM
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I know that feeling. When I'm feeling tired and blue, I clean the bike, remove and thorougly clean the chain, and most important, polish the spokes.
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Old 07-24-18, 09:41 AM
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This morning I feel 50
I wish I still felt that "old".

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OC, OR
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Old 07-24-18, 11:44 AM
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I wish I still felt that "old".

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Get off my lawn!
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Old 07-24-18, 02:27 PM
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Invest in some good LED lights and go some night rides. I did 52 miles last night, finished at 11:30 PM. It was wonderful.

Do you guys only ride one type of bike?

Gotta change things up. Night rides, MTB, fixed gear, gravel... It keeps things from getting boring. I've been doing lots of road riding lately and so this week I plan on doing a 29 mile gravel loop in the dark just for the sake of keeping things interesting.


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Old 07-24-18, 02:35 PM
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It took until after 10:00 Sunday night to get below 100 degrees here in N. Texas. Pretty steamy when it gets down into the 80s just before dawn. I agree it's hard to get motivated when the "Excessive Heat Warning" banner scrolls across the screen.

Cold front came through yesterday, though. It's only 99 now at 3:30 PM. Maybe I'll get those test rides in this evening ...

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Old 07-24-18, 02:42 PM
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107 and rising I have a niterider light and I’m going to take Timothy’s advice and ride my bike at night. Bar mount and a helmet mount. Not many vehichle besides locals so no thru traffic. This summer is crazy we are use to the heat but not this. This ain’t Phoenix
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Old 07-24-18, 03:26 PM
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Easy for me to say though. It was 74į when I finished my ride just before midnight. I'm in Georgia.

But 100į at 10:00 PM? Wow.
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Old 07-24-18, 05:49 PM
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Pain has been more of a disincentive than heat for me. I did two rides last week in 100+ heat. Wasn't too bad. Casual paced group, friends to chatter with and take my mind off the heat. Some of those folks had ridden almost every day of July, so my riding two days was no big deal. One of those fellows is in his early 70s. Several 50+ folks I know are riding fast group rides and even crits in this heat. They're a lot tougher than I am.

But the shoulder and neck pain from the May injury still pesters me. It's not bad on the indoor trainer but once I add in the lumpy roads it's a chore to finish 20 miles without stopping, and even 30-40 miles with a few stops.
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been wiped out this week (don't recover from out of state wedding partying & staying up till sunrise like I used to). feeling stressed cuz it's my vacation week & I have nothing but errands to do. but I did get a ride in today. maybe another tomorrow. whatever it takes. you gotta get out. go easy on yourself & do an easy ride
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I vote for taking the rest of the day off.
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Pain has been more of a disincentive than heat for me. I did two rides last week in 100+ heat. Wasn't too bad. Casual paced group, friends to chatter with and take my mind off the heat. Some of those folks had ridden almost every day of July, so my riding two days was no big deal. One of those fellows is in his early 70s. Several 50+ folks I know are riding fast group rides and even crits in this heat. They're a lot tougher than I am.

But the shoulder and neck pain from the May injury still pesters me. It's not bad on the indoor trainer but once I add in the lumpy roads it's a chore to finish 20 miles without stopping, and even 30-40 miles with a few stops.
You really got screwed.

My broken rib is healing nicely and I'm finally able to do road rides with climbing. Previously I had been riding fixed gear, spinning easily on the trail. Every few days I'm reminded that the rib still has not healed completely and lifting a car battery this past Sunday was one of those times.

I hear what you are saying about lumpy roads. Jostling the torso feels like taking punches to the body.

Man, I really hope you get better soon. If soon is not possible then eventually.

I've been told that to suffer patiently is a great grace. Easier to say than to do, that's for sure.


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You really got screwed.

My broken rib is healing nicely and I'm finally able to do road rides with climbing. Previously I had been riding fixed gear, spinning easily on the trail. Every few days I'm reminded that the rib still has not healed completely and lifting a car battery this past Sunday was one of those times.

I hear what you are saying about lumpy roads. Jostling the torso feels like taking punches to the body.

Man, I really hope you get better soon. If soon is not possible then eventually.

I've been told that to suffer patiently is a great grace. Easier to say than to do, that's for sure.


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Yeah, I remember my rib injury in spring 2017. Those are painful, but in a different way. Oddly, riding wasn't too bad -- I was back on the bike in a few days, although I only rode the upright hybrid for a few weeks. But sleeping was painful for about 4-6 weeks -- it hurt to turn over or just get in and out of bed. The shoulder is painful on one side. Sometimes it's easier to sleep on the couch and lean against the back.
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