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Old 04-23-05, 07:14 PM
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Think I'm burned out, guys....

Life was good. Ridin' 3-4 times a week, sometimes more. Gettin' some skillz and, more importantly, some exercise. I dunno what happened, exactly. It's gotta have somethin' to do with ridin' the same trail on the same bike at the same time every time, I reckon. I guess change would be good. Thinkin' of gettin' back into weight-lifting and, hopefully, checkin' out some of the other trails around. What do you do to keep from burning out or getting back into MTBing? Cuz, seriously, I'm at a loss....
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Old 04-23-05, 07:51 PM
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Sounds like you need to find new trails.
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That's too bad, I feel for you... Try some new trails and try to have fun at mountain biking. Treat it like part of you not just an obligation.
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Old 04-23-05, 08:18 PM
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At least you have a good fallout. Weightlifting is my other favorite sport but yeah, look for some new trails or try a differnt style of riding?
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Old 04-23-05, 08:32 PM
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at least its not burnout from school.. only 1 more final left, only 1 more final left, only 1 more final left, only 1 more final left...
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Have you tried something really different? Maybe pick up some downhilling or something? Are you burned out because you're bored with what you're doing or just with being in a rut?

I used to do the same ride last year. I don't know what happened- I just couldn't get back into the rhythm. But I changed up my riding and started going to different places, and after a few days, I felt rejuvinated.

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one final left, psssh. I should have had that final a year or two ago, and now it's not until next year. Personally I try to always find new trails, I think it helps. Although if I road everyday I could see it getting old, I can only make it out on the weekends though to trails. I ride around the city during the week and that's getting kinda old...I think change is key.
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Try trials.
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Old 04-24-05, 09:36 AM
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How about a new bike? That will change your way of thinking.
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I almost never ride the same trail twice in a row and, for the most part, space them out over a series of weeks. Granted, I'm fortunate enough to have close to 25 great trails within about 30 minutes of me but, still, you have to have some variety in your rides.
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ive been riding the same trails since i was a sophmore in highschool... its been 5 years.

im still riding the same things i was then, little has changed. but there are LOTS of trails in my area. maybe u have less selection where u are?
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New trails, trying things on old trails that I couldn't do before (grind that climb, faster through that rock garden), riding the trail backwards helps out too (only if it's allowed).
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I hate where I live..I have one really good trail that is about a mile long or moe of tight corners and stuff but thats about it..But I go to the river portion about every day and train on balance and stuff like that...........I say just try to make stuff up and do some jumps if you are willing and or buy a new bike?
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Build some of your own trails (legally of course)
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Karldar -

No advice, but I did notice that you're from Murfreesboro. I lived just south of Columbia for a few years.

I've never ridden any of the trails down there - are there any you would recommend? I've got a vacation planned for down that way, and would love to be able to take my bike out for a spin.

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Old 04-30-05, 01:40 AM
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Thanks for all the replies, guys(and gals). I took about a week off due to work, weather, burnout and minor emergencies/errands. Only one trail that I have almost-instant access to right now, but we haven't been able to ride the whole thing due to water that never seems to evaporate on parts of the trail. Working on checking out a new trail being built in a nearby state park. It should be ready sometime next month. I'm ready to ride now, but the thuderstorms are making it difficult. Just had to buy a new heat pump, but maybe a new bike won't be too far away. Really need to get my wife one first, tho. I think trials and weightlifting will be nice diversions.
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You should try riding with some one new, or someone if you ride alone. I find having someone egg you on (or laugh when you bail like a champ) makes it a better ride. Of course the best is just throwing on some old metallica "ride the lightning" will get you going like it or not.
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Originally Posted by Binda
Karldar -

No advice, but I did notice that you're from Murfreesboro. I lived just south of Columbia for a few years.

I've never ridden any of the trails down there - are there any you would recommend? I've got a vacation planned for down that way, and would love to be able to take my bike out for a spin.

- belinda

Binda, got some pretty cool trails around middle TN. Haven't made it down Columbia-way(but my wife went to HS there). Off the top of my head: there's the COE horse trail we ride on here in the 'Boro, a new trail that should be completed within the next month at Long Hunter State Park(Smyrna area), Hamilton Creek(just off Bell Rd in the Nashville/Antioch area) and Lock 4 up by Gallatin(next to Old Hickory Lake). The horse trail has some wicked rock gardens/roots and is pretty challenging(thanks to the horses). Long Hunter's gonna have at least beginner and intermediate loops, but I haven't been able to check it out yet(hopefully next maintenance/build day). Hamilton Creek is more technical than fast with rather short loops and good maintenance. It's a fun ride. Lock 4 is less rocky and has some pretty decent hills(just have to watch out for the lake). PM me if you'd like more info. I think some fresh meat, uh, I mean, new riders would give me some motivation to ride, as well. The guys at work keep talkin' big, but so far it's still just 2 of us. If I get my wife started, that'll make 3. Woohoo, huge group there. I won't comment on the fact that you're coming down here for vacation.
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Originally Posted by Good Times
I find having someone egg you on (or laugh when you bail like a champ) makes it a better ride.

No doubt! My ride partner caught some good air goin' into a hard left turn on our last ride. I was laughin' my ass off 'til I realized he was in the brush. 'Course, I started laughin' again once I found out he was okay. Ah, that was a good ride....
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Karldar,

I'm in Smyrna. Where is the horse trail you are talking about in M'boro?

ps. oh yeah, I'll give you some fresh meat!
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try racing -- that will give you lots of new things to be interested in. also, i used to be a die-hard mtb rider until i tried 'cross. now all i think about is cross, and i use mtb racing to get prepared for 'cross season. even more fun than mountain biking is mountain biking on your 'cross bike. give it a try!
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Time for a roadbike or a freeride bike... you'll get burned out fast if you don't switch it up every now and again.
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I ride the same dozen or so trails usually, however I ride them backwards alot, plus mix up the combinations everytime out. I get bored sometimes, but heck everyother day, year round, even sex gets boring.... It's part of life I suppose.
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Originally Posted by ****
Karldar,

I'm in Smyrna. Where is the horse trail you are talking about in M'boro?

ps. oh yeah, I'll give you some fresh meat!
It's at East Fork Recreation Area on Central Valley Rd. That, in turn, is off of Sulphur Springs-very close to Smyrna. I hope to hear more about the Long Hunter trail soon from the local IMBA rep.

As for meat, I'm kinda burned out on chicken, but beef and pork would be nice...esp. in a pie!
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Originally Posted by islenska
try racing -- that will give you lots of new things to be interested in. also, i used to be a die-hard mtb rider until i tried 'cross. now all i think about is cross, and i use mtb racing to get prepared for 'cross season. even more fun than mountain biking is mountain biking on your 'cross bike. give it a try!

I raced for a few years, but it got to be too much like work. I have, however, been interested in getting a CX bike for quite some time. Maybe this will be the year.
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