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Old 08-07-02, 06:38 AM   #1
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Never thought I'd see the day!

I am burnt out! My season is definetly on a downward slope. My peak is surely past, and to be frank, my motivation is low.. oh well! I think I'm going to take it easy for a few weeks, no hammering for awhile! My legs feel like cheese when I ride and my heart rate gets higher faster than it did a few weeks ago.
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Old 08-07-02, 06:49 AM   #2
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This happened to me a couple of weeks ago. It happens to everyone. It can be a symptom of overtraining, or it can just be that you need some time away from the bike. Take it. Don't ride for a week. Your passion will return.

What I did is I took a few days off and then started doing short poodling rides without my HRM and without the speedo. I mixed up my riding with some 'cross and MTB riding... I built a couple of bikes. A couple of weeks later, I'm back into it.
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Old 08-07-02, 09:13 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear you're having problems Matt.
Like you said, take a few weeks off and you'll probably be back to your old self. :thumbup:
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Had a bit of that myself last week. In some ways, I'm looking forward to having a break from cycling this winter and starting up fresh in Spring.

A new bike might help, too...I can't help thinking it would be cool to get a fast road bike and enjoy the speed for a change....and maybe a MTB, and try the paths and offroads...of course I still want my comfort bike for commuting. And a cross bike, because Cyclocross sounds like it might be fun. Gah, is this how you serious addicts get started??!

Sorry for the departure--Fubar, yeah, I'd agree with the people who recommend a break. Or try biking somewhere different. Sick of the training grind, why not look up a nice rustic route in the country, drive yourself to the staring point, and just cruise a little, enjoying the outdoors? Leave the bike computer at home and rediscover the fun.
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