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I'm losing the love...

Old 08-19-08, 09:30 AM
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I'm losing the love...

I've been cycling for a little over a year now. Last summer, I couldn't get enough of it. I was riding around 100 miles a week (a lot for me), and I was improving rapidly. I loved it.

I moved to Austin a few months ago, and I really thought I would ride more. It kills me to admit this, but I seem to be finding excuses to not ride, and I don't know why. I'm sure a lot of it is the stress of moving to a new city. I started looking for groups to ride with today, so maybe that'll help... I always loved riding with groups last year. I don't know what's going on with me lately, and I want to snap out of it.

Have any of you been through this?
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Maybe you just need a break man. Try doing something else and then come back to cycling when you are ready. Don't force yourself to ride when you don't feel like riding. Then, it becomes a chore rather than something you enjoy.
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Same thing happened to me when I moved from the beach cities to burbank. Hated it here and started running instead. Finally I met some people off this forum who showed me some pretty great rides locally I would have never found otherwise. Maybe if you try and network you can really get back into it. Plus we're not pros here man, it's ok for you to take a break from it and come back, if not healthy. Don't worry if you really love it you'll come back to it, if not, then no biggie it was just a passing fancy.
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I thought it was about to happen to me...

Then I went on vacation with a bunch of friends who all brought bikes. We raced and trained for over a week, but I only got hooked even worse :-)

Take a couple of weeks off and see what happens. Your bike does not have feelings and will not be let down being left in the closet!
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Originally Posted by aprilm
I've been cycling for a little over a year now. Last summer, I couldn't get enough of it. I was riding around 100 miles a week (a lot for me), and I was improving rapidly. I loved it.

I moved to Austin a few months ago, and I really thought I would ride more. It kills me to admit this, but I seem to be finding excuses to not ride, and I don't know why. I'm sure a lot of it is the stress of moving to a new city. I started looking for groups to ride with today, so maybe that'll help... I always loved riding with groups last year. I don't know what's going on with me lately, and I want to snap out of it.

Have any of you been through this?
Watch a Tour DVD or two.
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From time to time yes. Moving makes it tougher to stay motivated. But you can also make it fun, finding new routes can be fun. I just go a ride aimlessly, till I find the kind of stuff Im looking for. I also find that a after a week back on the bike it gets easier. Make some fun of your rides, some excitement. Its always a good time to buy yourself something related so you want to use it. Like new wheels, or tires.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger
Watch a Tour DVD or two.
Ha... you know, that's actually a really good idea. I remember watching the Tour last year, and all I wanted to do was get out and ride.

Maybe I need to take a vacation back up to my hometown and ride up there. As far as taking a couple weeks off, I've done that already. A lot. This happened to me with horseback riding, too. My horse was a total prick, and I lost my motivation. After taking a long time off of riding, I came back to it with the same level of commitment that I had before. Can't blame this on the bike, though.
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Buy more stuff. Always a good (if expensive) motivator.
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So ride less and make sure you enjoy it. When I started out, I soon ended up at about 120 miles per week and 10,000+ vertical feet per week. I eventually cut way back, but I absolutely love my rides. Sure, I'm **** (stick in your favorite term) slow, but I really enjoy my rides. I can complete the rides I want to complete, and I'm not training for anything, so why should I ride when I don't feel like it? If I'm off the bike enough, then I always get around to looking forward to some crazy mountain rides.

My riding totals have been pathetic this year (I've been on the bike maybe 20 times total), but I went out and enjoyed a 60 mile ride with 8000 vertical feet of fun descents last Sunday, building up to one of my favorite rides: the Pie Ride, in its 100+ mile, 10,000+ vertical feet of descents glory (and with a wonderful pie stop). I'll probably be the slowest in the group when I do the Pie Ride, but that's okay. I'll just plod along and enjoy the scenery, have fun on the descents, and eat lots of pie.
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You indicated you like group rides. Sign up for a challenging century in the fall. Then go do some group rides to start getting ready for it. I find having a goal event helps my motivation.
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Originally Posted by aprilm
Ha... you know, that's actually a really good idea. I remember watching the Tour last year, and all I wanted to do was get out and ride.

Maybe I need to take a vacation back up to my hometown and ride up there. As far as taking a couple weeks off, I've done that already. A lot. This happened to me with horseback riding, too. My horse was a total prick, and I lost my motivation. After taking a long time off of riding, I came back to it with the same level of commitment that I had before. Can't blame this on the bike, though.
I watch the 1999-2005 World Cycling Productions Tour de France DVD set from Netflix every 6 months (I'm on disc 2 of the 2003 Tour, now).

Hearing Phil and Paul just makes you want to get on the bike so you can imagine them commentating on your intervals or dropping some commuter trying to mash it up a hill.

The elastic has snapped!
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The same thing happened to me this year. I spent all spring preparing for the Police Unity Tour, and after I completed it I haven't ridden more than a handful of times. Normally i ride 4 or 5 times a week and do 5 centuries a year. I watched the Tour on and off, halfheartedly. Usually it's the highlight of my summer. Maybe a psychologist could interpret whats going on....there must be a reason.
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Hey... no worries. This is a hobby and a pasttime, not a job. No need to push. Honestly, after spending the last five months racing heavily, I'm getting a little burnt out too. My mileage has gone way down and I've somewhat lost the love. But I've been doing this for years (riding, not racing; first year racing) and know the love will return after a bit of downtime. Use the time to do other things you enjoy and to heal all those nagging little over-use injuries that you keep aggravating (I've got a numb spot on my toe, a saddle sore which won't go away, and neck and back muscles which are still tight from a crash a few weeks ago). No pressure. Your bike won't expire if you take a week or two off.
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You want to ride - but you're finding excuses not to?

Are you familiar with the routes in Austin? Maybe you just need to do some recon rides to get a handle of where is where. I'd be avoiding rides in places I don't know my whereabouts... If I did some recon - I'd definitely feel more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by gfrance
Buy more stuff. Always a good (if expensive) motivator.
Agreed - get yourself a new Specialized S-Works tarmac for added motivation.
FWIW - I can't see how anyone can remain motivated to ride in Austin during the summer. But others will probably chime in along the lines of can't stand riding in Austin, period.
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Originally Posted by aprilm
This happened to me with horseback riding, too. My horse was a total prick, and I lost my motivation. After taking a long time off of riding, I came back to it with the same level of commitment that I had before. Can't blame this on the bike, though.
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Originally Posted by CastIron
It's August.
Yup, go do something different.
Time to take some pressure off yourself and just enjoy for a while.
When I hit burnout, I find a nice towpath, rail to trail, etc. and just ride to enjoy the scenery. Couple of those and I'm ready to get back to the road.
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Take a break and only do the rides that you really enjoy for awhile. No need to take it so seriously or guilt trip yourself. The passion will come back. It always does.
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You know i forgot to say, when I got sick which was why i stopped riding it was watching paris roubaix videos and the tour that kept me going and made me realize how much i love riding. If you have netflix they have ALOT of great cycling stuff, 20 dvd sets of the tour, 4 dvd sets of the giro, check it out if you do.
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Originally Posted by jschen
So ride less and make sure you enjoy it. When I started out, I soon ended up at about 120 miles per week and 10,000+ vertical miles per week.
That's a lot of climbing!!

April, when I got bored a few years ago I started mountain biking more than road. Eventually, I found a group of roadies to ride with and they always make it fun.
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Originally Posted by aprilm
I've been cycling for a little over a year now. Last summer, I couldn't get enough of it. I was riding around 100 miles a week (a lot for me), and I was improving rapidly. I loved it.

I moved to Austin a few months ago, and I really thought I would ride more. It kills me to admit this, but I seem to be finding excuses to not ride, and I don't know why. I'm sure a lot of it is the stress of moving to a new city. I started looking for groups to ride with today, so maybe that'll help... I always loved riding with groups last year. I don't know what's going on with me lately, and I want to snap out of it.

Have any of you been through this?
What part of Austin are you in? I could use a riding partner.

Edit: The Austin Flyers (club associated with Bicycle Sport Shop somehow) seem to be big on catering specifically to women. They do a casual group ride that leaves from the store on 183 on Thursday evenings that I've been meaning to go to, but haven't quite worked out the logistics yet.

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If you're in a new town then get out there and discover places to ride, usually change of scenery is all it takes when I'm feeling unmotivated but I have to admit that not wanting to lose fitness is one of my primary motivators. I don't like that feeling of having to struggle through rides I used to fly through, this is why I ride through winter.
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Originally Posted by aprilm
My horse was a total prick, and I lost my motivation.
You may have lost your will to ride, but you have not lost your sense of humor. Seriously, what's with the nerve of some horses not wanting to be ridden?

Originally Posted by jschen
So ride less and make sure you enjoy it.
Good idea.

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It's August.
August is always my worst riding month, both in terms of mileage and enjoyment. September is always my best. Being in academia, August represents both turnover and a fresh start for me. Once I get the turnover out of the way and move into September, I find I'm ready to work riding back into my schedule. As the month goes on and the work increases, I find I have to have riding in my schedule as an outlet. Once those steps happen, I keep riding right into the cold months.

I went out and rode for 1.5 hours yesterday. Never could get comfortable on the bike. Never could decide and stick to a route. I kind of just spun around town and took in the late summer air. Not sure it was worth much.
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