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Old 07-17-20, 03:02 PM
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Anybody ever get bike burnout?

By the end of May this year, I had logged twice as many miles as the same time last year. June went fairly well, although I got behind by 150 miles vs last June.

By mid-July, my enthusiasm has lagged markedly.

A lot has to do with all of the organized ride cancellations. There has yet to be a normal ride this season because of the pandemic; no rest stops, no group starts, no after-party meals. Everyone on their own, for either a virtual ride, a "ride-wherever-you-like", or show up and ride the route when you feel like it.

Home projects started stacking up, as well, and the summer heat, and especially the humidity, has put a damper on my enthusiasm.

Also, our big local event for early September - BikeMS - just announced its cancellation.

Anyone else feeling the blahs for training and riding? Any suggestions for a kick-in-the-pants to jump-start the season?
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Old 07-17-20, 03:42 PM
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Get a fix gear. The rides are very different. They also pack more ride into shorter times and distances. They require very little attention..Ride 'em, put 'em away, pull 'em out next week, pump the tires and go.
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Old 07-17-20, 03:55 PM
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The above said, if you haven't ridden fix gear yet - you will try to coast! It will not end well unless - you have a seat low enough that you cannot lock your knee or even come close.

If you go this route, do yourself a favor. Put a piece of tape on the seatpost exactly 1/2" above the frame. Drop the seat to the tape. Now, when you try to coast, you will 1) not crash and 2) won't do your muscles and tendons nearly as much harm. (I didn't take this advice when I did my first fix gear ride. Tried to coast to let three oncoming cars pass so I could take a left turn. My left pedal shot me and the attached bicycle into the air, having just converted much of my 20 mph forward speed to vertical. Landed hard on the road but little road rash because I had so nicely burned off speed. But my left leg felt like fresh ground hamburger. As you repeat the coasting attempts. your legs and reflexes will relearn that instint and you can start moving the seat back to where it belongs.

Also be advised - fix gears have been known to be addicting. I did that first ride and have had one or more ever since, now for 44 years.
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Old 07-18-20, 06:00 AM
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My motivation to ride and exercise comes from within. I don't care about pandemics, event cancelations, group rides or any of that stuff. As long as I am healthy and uninjured I continue to ride and workout...The alternative to not riding and not working out doesn't look good and that alone is enough to motivate me to keep going regardless of external circumstances.
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I'd say sometimes I haven't been motivated enough, but I don't know that I'd call it burnout. There are times I'll have plenty of free time and think about riding.... sort of like right now...<grin>.... and don't.

It's really been a big help that my oldest son moved back to the area and will sometimes ask if I want to go riding. Likewise I think it does the same for him when I ask him. Sorta makes it a ego thing and you can't back down at that point.

I've wished that my friends had an inclination to cycle. Perhaps I should make some cycling friends so I'd have more people asking about going riding. Thought about getting with the groups that leave from the bike shops. They all leave about 9:00 am. Even though I get up at 6:00 am, I just don't care to cycle till after lunch.
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Old 07-18-20, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
My motivation to ride and exercise comes from within. I don't care about pandemics, event cancelations, group rides or any of that stuff. As long as I am healthy and uninjured I continue to ride and workout...The alternative to not riding and not working out doesn't look good and that alone is enough to motivate me to keep going regardless of external circumstances.
Ain't that the truth! The alternative is . . . unthinkable. That said, the unthinkable does have a habit of becoming reality all too often. Where we have the power, and as long as we have that power, let us keep the horror at bay as best we can. Just swinging a leg over is life-affirming.
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Old 07-18-20, 01:50 PM
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Take a break. Lose your computer. Go for an easy ride and check out the scenery.
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Old 07-20-20, 05:37 AM
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I get burned out doing any single thing too much, so I've always mixed hiking and (until I tore my rotator cuff) kayaking in the mix.

That said, one way I've found to keep my cycling determination up currently (with lots of major charity/group rides cancelled) is to join the cyber "challenge" equivalent of the ride many of them are putting on. The Rails to Trails Conservancy Great American Ride is one where 3 friends and I joined (late) and it is a good motivation to at least do the short boring rides since it will help move us east!

My local biking club has a similar but simpler Strava chellenge for a cancelled century ride - my miles feed that, too!

The downside: only mileage counts, not watts or climbing. So, always tempting to do the easier rides...
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Old 07-21-20, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by travelerman View Post
Home projects started stacking up, as well, and the summer heat, and especially the humidity, has put a damper on my enthusiasm.
I ride in 110 F heat, 75% humidity all the time as I live in the tropics near the equator. That with a mask on so that soldiers and cops will not pull me over and slap me with a costly ticket for disobeying covid laws.

Normally, I utterly hate >95 F heat + >70% humidity. But when riding, it seems to all go away. I even gone 120 F one time, sprinting and attacking short hills in the city.

The only time I get a little burned out or discouraged is when coming across other riders or motorists with very fragile egos who behave like you have absolutely no right to be on the road, some of them even behave like you have absolutely no right to be alive! Something about the roads that turn people into monsters, especially those loaded with money and power.

I ride in a crowded city with plenty of these monsters. Plenty die from road rage so I have real reasons to get worried and possibly quit. It seems suicidal to keep on going in such conditions but I still keep on riding!
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Old 07-21-20, 07:56 AM
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Something about the roads that turn people into monsters, especially those loaded with money and power.
Debatable. Not many people loaded with money and power drive around in lifted pickups with exhaust systems modified to spew choking clouds of smoke at bike riders on command.

A few of us here remember Competitive Cycling, a racer's publication that went out of business sometime in the early '80s, I think. One article listed the writer's top 6 types of drivers to beware. Number 1: teenage girls, because if you're not another teenage girl or a good-looking boy, you're invisible.
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I got burnout last year at this time. Family/work obligations and rehashing the same routes for the last few years took it out of me. So I picked up jogging, which was great. Doing a 10k in a touch over an hour is like two hours on the bike for me. I found I was more diligent about stretches, and this coupled with some knee workouts made a big difference this year in my cycling fitness and comfort!

This year I have a new gravel bike, which allows me to easily ride a wide variety of terrain on a single ride. As 79pmooney alluded to, mixing up your cycling variety is great. I ride my mtb, which helps build mental focus. You don't realize how much you space out riding road until you have to stay 100% mentally "on" for an hour riding single track.
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Old 07-21-20, 07:59 PM
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Debatable. Not many people loaded with money and power drive around in lifted pickups with exhaust systems modified to spew choking clouds of smoke at bike riders on command.

A few of us here remember Competitive Cycling, a racer's publication that went out of business sometime in the early '80s, I think. One article listed the writer's top 6 types of drivers to beware. Number 1: teenage girls, because if you're not another teenage girl or a good-looking boy, you're invisible.
LOL about the teenage girl!

I live in a 3rd world country like Mexico and things are different here. Whenever we see an expensive SUV or sports car, we say: "Bad guy incoming!!"!

I've been to New Zealand for a very short period of time and saw things are a lot different there, I'd say, A LOT nicer. Completely isolated and fenced cycling lanes, WTF!! Drivers are a lot nicer too! Temperatures below 85 F most time of the year. It's like I died and went to heaven. Unfortunately, immigration is so tough, I can't stay there for long.

I think it has something to do with high level of social inequality. NZ has low social inequality and no poverty for citizens. I've been to Saudi as well, very rich country but extreme social inequality, rich guys also tend to be evil and big bullies on the road. One of the worst places I've seen to ride a bicyle. Temperatures going over 120 F and motorists are incredibly bad. If you really crave two wheels there, better be a motorcycle and better be a fast one, at least 500cc engine and can cruise safely at least 100 mph.

I'll brave riding in 140 F heat going uphill for miles but gettting threatened by motorists with very fragile egos (lots of money and power but maybe compensating for a very tiny organ down there) is one thing that really scares the crap out of me. It's a 3rd world country, lots of evil people, when you can easily buy justice (puts principled folks at a huge disadvantage), they probably won't stop at murdering you if they can.

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When I feel burned out on the road bike or just need a break I switch to my hybrid with albatross bars. No way to ride fast so it encourages me to take it easy.

I planned to do that recently when the weather got so hot anyway. Then all three of my road bike wheelsets went bad the same week, two with cracked rear rims, one needs hub servicing.

So I'm riding the hybrid, slowly, while waiting for the replacement wheelset and getting up the gumption to work on the old DT Swiss hub. I need to overhaul the entire road bike anyway, new cables and service the headset. Might as well do it now while it's so hot.
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Do we take into consideration burn-out after an accident? Like I want to, but I dont feel like it is safe for me already
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Old 08-27-20, 04:47 PM
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You think you’re burnt out on riding or training in general?

I mix it up quite a bit. Sometimes I’ll ride every other day for a few weeks straight. But then I’ll do some HIIT cardio training, say a tough 45 minute kickboxing cardio workout on “cycling” days instead of riding.

I really like it since, well, you use your arms for one thing, lol. Also, you move in all different ways, at different angles, through different planes. So you train your body to much more thoroughly.
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Do we take into consideration burn-out after an accident? Like I want to, but I dont feel like it is safe for me already
Yes probably, I've got a different situation. Road rage is quite bad where I live. We don't have bike lanes and share the road in the same lanes with motorists. Huge problem of extreme social inequality factors in the road rage situation with many motorists who can pretty much get away with crime with the corrupt system.

It's similar to accidents in the same way you don't feel secure or safe anymore in a bicycle. I've had bike burnouts in some days where I take the training easier during rush hour traffic. Ironically, there are less problems with road rage between cyclist and motorist during rush hour. Probably because it's harder to harrass a cyclist without having lots of witnesses and annoying other motorists on the road.
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Old 08-29-20, 05:52 PM
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Big believer in the mental and physical benefits of cross-training. I train like I’m preparing for a tri even though I haven’t done one in two years.
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