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Old 03-09-20, 01:08 PM
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In search of motivation

Perfect weather outside. As usual, the hardest part is getting from the couch to the garage. All dressed in full kit.
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Old 03-09-20, 01:27 PM
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Imagine how good that sunshine will feel on you!
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Old 03-09-20, 02:10 PM
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maybe consider the alternative?
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Old 03-10-20, 06:26 AM
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I am faced with this challenge all season long and I find that the best way to get motivated is to drag myself onto the bike, get on the road, and absolutely hate the first five minutes so I can love the rest of the ride.
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Old 03-10-20, 10:12 AM
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It felt so good to get out of the house on my own! Rode to town, got lunch, came home. Should have been easy. I was exhausted!
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Old 03-10-20, 11:16 AM
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Success!! I wouldn't fault you for staying home today, cold damp riding is never a picnic.
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Old 03-10-20, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl View Post
It felt so good to get out of the house on my own! Rode to town, got lunch, came home. Should have been easy. I was exhausted!
GREAT JOB!!! Grow older, forced interruption of riding due to weather/health, end results are--- it takes time to come back.

Down here in SW FL preparing right now for a 100+ miler tonight under almost full moon. If you COME ON DOWN!!! you ride
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Old 03-10-20, 11:58 AM
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You're welcome.
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Old 03-10-20, 03:53 PM
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It felt so good to get out of the house on my own! Rode to town, got lunch, came home. Should have been easy. I was exhausted!
I rode an hour last week, came home, sat on the couch for 30 minutes and could then hardly get up.

It's the spring riding question, which hurts the most, my legs or my butt !.
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Old 03-10-20, 04:48 PM
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If I'm feeling down but not totally out, and if originally planning a 30 mile ride, maybe I'll just do 10 or 15 or whatever.
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Old 03-10-20, 07:32 PM
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I rode an hour last week, came home, sat on the couch for 30 minutes and could then hardly get up.

It's the spring riding question, which hurts the most, my legs or my butt !.
I was asleep by 8:00. Nothing hurt
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Old 03-12-20, 08:59 AM
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You just have to say to yourself you are going to ride no matter what. Oh wait, it's raining... Never mind.
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Old 04-09-20, 02:20 PM
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I was asleep by 8:00. Nothing hurt
awesome sleep is the best part of a long ride!
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Old 04-09-20, 02:44 PM
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Waking up the morning after a really awesome ride can be great! Especially to the sound of songbirds and rays of sunshine sneaking through the shades.
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Old 04-10-20, 09:39 AM
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maybe I'll just do 10 or 15 or whatever.
sometimes I'll have this attitude, no set destination but rather several, so that I can turnaround at one of them. but I have to remind myself about a ride I took 2 summers ago where I just kept going until I was done, & then I was stranded. I should have truned around 1/2 way to destination & try again another day. but I was stranded & required a automotive bail-out. I would later try the same ride better prepared & was able to do the whole epic ride, without any assistance
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Old 04-10-20, 01:04 PM
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Right now, my motivation is realizing that a bike ride is going to be so much more enjoyable than yet another "home workout" On Demand.
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In search of motivation. ..

Ride! Whether it is a century or just to your mailbox! Four years ago I found myself losing my life (literally) on an operating table. It took years to recoup. It is a miracle I survived. Once I did recoup I bought a bike. I am 58 this coming Saturday and had not ridden a bike since I was 15!. Every day is a gift to us all. If you have the ability.. RIDE and enjoy every breath...every smell...every pedal stroke. You're alive! FEEL IT!!!!
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Old 04-17-20, 06:32 PM
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Plenty of times I really didn't want to go out and ride, even on a nice sunny day. I've had that feeling even after I've changed into my cycling kit and pull a bike out of the bike cave. But I always tell myself just start the ride and if after 10 minutes I'm still in the mood to not ride just turn around and go home. It works for me and I've never turned around and went home, and have had some of my best rides when I did this.
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Old 04-17-20, 06:41 PM
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It doesn't get any more inspirational than that. That is a great psychological technique!
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Plenty of times I really didn't want to go out and ride, even on a nice sunny day. I've had that feeling even after I've changed into my cycling kit and pull a bike out of the bike cave. But I always tell myself just start the ride and if after 10 minutes I'm still in the mood to not ride just turn around and go home. It works for me and I've never turned around and went home, and have had some of my best rides when I did this.
It mostly works for me too. Only if I'm completely underdressed or the wind ends up being gustier than it seemed will I ever turn back. And by underdressed I mean that even after the first small hill in Prospect Park I still feel cold because usually even if I'm cold to start I'm plenty warm after that. If I'm still thinking about it after that I go home. Gusty winds just aren't any fun to ride in, and even though the loop in PP is just that, a loop, it still will seem as if the wind is always in your face, because it just is. That one instant when it is at your back you're climbing the hill and it doesn't help. It truly feels like it is "always uphill and against the wind."
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Old 04-20-20, 06:01 PM
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My attitude and motivation is I’m not going to see this much riding time until I retire, which is a good 18 mos. off, so I’m out there when ever I can. I admit this morning was hard, just enough wind, and I’ve been riding on days when it’s 10-15 steady, gusts to 25, that I’ve gotten tired of. I ended up with 2 hrs, didn’t leave till 2PM, but did get out. I’m going to keep trying for 5 days per week till I have to return to work, maybe another mos, I have to say though that in the NYC area, this is a great time of year to ride, temps in the hi 40’s, low to high 50’s, it’s just perfect riding temperatures.
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