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    Upset slumpness

    I was a bit hesitant to do this, but I thought I'd write this for an understanding audience.

    I've been riding for a good eight years now, starting in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, moving to San Luis Obispo and subsequently riding all over CA, raced DH while there, and then took three months off of life, traveled around the southwest living out of my car riding in all the choicest spots, then settling in Bend, Oregon for a couple of years, riding daily and being actively involved with COTA. (yeah yeah, we all have histories).

    Anyway, so I get this job offer last winter and take the opportunity to move to Boise. Every person that I metioned this to pretty much had the same response, which was along the lines of "Boise!! You'll be stoked at the amount of riding there." Exactly what I wanted to hear.

    So I move here in January, chomping at the bit all winter to get out and ride. Finally the weather breaks, and I get out as often as I can, exploring what this great town has to offer. I get up to Tamarack. I ride up at Bogus. R2R. Velopark (even got to the point where I was taking runs on the advanced FR track...whoo hoo). My enthusism was at an all-time high.

    That all ended about two months ago, and I cannot, for the freakin' life of me, find the motivation to get out and do any riding. In all my riding years, I've never hit a wall like this...it's pretty depressing. I just can't find the motivation, and it blows.

    Anyone else have to dig themselves out of this sort of mentality periodically??
    Moving to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon.

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    Buy a new bike .
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    That's definately crossed my mind.
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    Ride with new people.
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    That won't be difficult to do since I pretty much ride solo all the time.
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    i think i've hit the same wall... it happens every year. i typically end up fly fishing for a couple of weeks which cures me... i also cut down from riding 7 days a week (sometimes twice a day) to about 6 or 5 days a week...

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    wait 'til it gets cooler and some moisture starts...you'll get your stoke back (just don't ride muddy trails)

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    Get involved in some of the other aspects of local MTBing . . .

    Help build or maintain a trail. Volunteer to help at the Tour de Fat. Start an argument on MTBR. Join SWIMBA and attend meetings that last well into the night.

    Seriously - being around new people and doing new things that are MTB related might help renew your interest in riding. If noting else, you'll meet a bunch of new folks.

    And you never know, you might start wearing manpris.

    Huzzah.

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    Go volunteer at the VA hospital or any other hospital for that matter, and see some folks who would just be happy to walk, let alone ride a bike. Sometimes we take things for granted and don't really appreciate how lucky we are. I try to be thankful each day. When I get the doldrums I remind myself how fortunate I am to have a wonderful family, a job that I truly love, a roof over my head, and that I can leave my front door and be on some great single track in less than 5 minutes. It is all about perspective. I hope this helps a little. Good luck.
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    "Manpris".....heh heh.

    I think I saw a "Hipster in a Box" ad on an auction site somewhere. Comes with a Chrome bag and a fixie for about $300.

    But seriously, I appreciate all the replies. I'm guessing SWIMBA has a site somewhere?
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    Checked it. Good stuff. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryman
    wait 'til it gets cooler and some moisture starts...you'll get your stoke back (just don't ride muddy trails)
    The mid summer slump seems to be pretty common. It's tough when you know the heat is going to beat you down each time. As Ryman implys, it gets amazing towards the fall again.

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    Just take some time off riding. I'm always itching to ride after being off the bike imost of January and February. Or take a vacation. I've spent most of the summer in the midwest exploring trails unfamiliar to me. When I finally get back to Boise, I'll appreciate the trails again.

    Another thing might be riding fewer days per week, or going for some shorter rides.

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    Get some surgical repairs that you have been putting off for years....i had my shoulder done 8 weeks ago. Nothing makes you want to ride like a doctor telling you that YOU CAN'T! I am finally cleared to get back on the mtn bike TOMORROW!!!

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    I recommend heaping doses of really nasty porn to get you in the mood to ride. Midgets, donkeys, nuns, hermaphrodites, Norwegians - pick your favorite.

    Always gets the ol' ticker going.

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    I recommend some plaid manpris, some knee-high socks, a left-handed wanking glove, three munshkins, a little cowboy suit and some light reading. You'll be just fine.
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    God I wish I could think that abstractly....lol.
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    TC - Stop horking my best golf photos or I'll unleash my Taylor Made 9-5 driver on your punk @ss. It will make your pulaski look like a toothpick.

    Fore!!

    (I like some porn both before and after my golf game.)
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    So regarding the munchkins and the cowboy's literature of alternative lifestyle, did you surf around until you found those specifically for this thread, or is that stuff you have just "laying around?"

    *Upon thinking about it, I can see how random crap like that could be quite useful....I don't care WHO you are, midgets are damn funny.
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    you need to head down to AAF tonight and get yourself a slumpbuster.

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    .....aaf?
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    Aardvark's @ss Fetish.

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    Is that local, or would I have to cross state lines?
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    Alive After Five. If you're unsuccessful at picking up a slumpbuster down there, you can always go this route for slumpbusting:


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    Well, I prefer "hogging," actually...where you have to chew your arm off at the shoulder the next morning to escape.
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    Anyone else notice this thread has taken a turn towards the retarded??
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    you can allways come and ride with the local bomb group.. check us out on my space myspace.com/bombboise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man-Do
    The mid summer slump seems to be pretty common. It's tough when you know the heat is going to beat you down each time. As Ryman implys, it gets amazing towards the fall again.

    That makes a certain amount of sense....it would get this warm in Bend, but at least there are trees...which brings up an ironic point considering this city's nickname.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5
    you can allways come and ride with the local bomb group.. check us out on my space myspace.com/bombboise

    Thanks man, I'll check that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VA2SLOride
    Anyone else notice this thread has taken a turn towards the retarded??
    Yes.

    And I'm proud.

    As a reward for your perceptiveness, you get the front seat on the short bus. Right next to Twisted Crank.

    Lookie - it's even gots dem bikey things on it!

    Short bus destination? The Bogus Summit Fest!
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    you're the one who said you needed help out of a slump.

    quit insulting retarded people.

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    I know I've seen the dude in the helmet before.

    Oh yeah....that's right. In addition to that shirt, he was plugged into his iPod on a downhill with lots of blind corners going 3 mph.

    LOVE those guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by assgasorgrass
    you're the one who said you needed help out of a slump.

    quit insulting retarded people.

    Insulting retreads is nothing short of inspirational. I appreciate all the material here.
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    Hey, there's a whole flock o' sheep up on Blackwell/Crestline trail you could wrangle. I think they were brought up there specifically for the Xterra. Talk about slumpbusting!

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    Sweet Connie

    East Side to Sweet Connie always used to cure my slumps. I have not been up there yet since they rerouted part of East Side because I have not slumped this year. Come to think of it I haven't slumped post divorce. Whoooopeeeeee!!!!!!

    If you haven't ridden Connie in a while, it might be time.

    Sweet Connie = NO SLUMP
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    Lord have mercy on your soul

    Quote Originally Posted by mortman
    East Side to Sweet Connie always used to cure my slumps. I have not been up there yet since they rerouted part of East Side because I have not slumped this year. Come to think of it I haven't slumped post divorce. Whoooopeeeeee!!!!!!

    If you haven't ridden Connie in a while, it might be time.

    Sweet Connie = NO SLUMP
    1. Egad. You have mentioned the trail that shall not be named. The veritable Voldemort of the foothills trails. Steel yourself for the usual reprisals from the usual suspects.

    2. Congrats on avoiding - perhaps conquering - the post-divorce slump. Alas, I was unable to do so. (Mine was a veritable 12 - 18 months spent in an ever deepening abyss of misery, interrupted only by moments of pure insanity.) Biking overuse injury was later added to this insult. Getting far, far, far away from biking, cyclists, and all things tangentially related thereto last winter cured those blues. May we have another fantastic snow year again this year!

    Whoever you are mortman, you are my new hero, the Archimedes of Divorce, the Zeus of Matrimonial Termination. May the force be with you.

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    come on an really light ride and have some real fun mmet at 430 am
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    Quote Originally Posted by justen
    Just take some time off riding. I'm always itching to ride after being off the bike imost of January and February. Or take a vacation. I've spent most of the summer in the midwest exploring trails unfamiliar to me. When I finally get back to Boise, I'll appreciate the trails again.

    Another thing might be riding fewer days per week, or going for some shorter rides.
    DOOD, you missed a great Barney, tonight. About 7 females and 4 or 5 guys. 2 gals got lost, one guy got sick, but we had a great time, got back to the park and the pic nic was the highlight of the night! Really was a great time. We miss you (and your cooler).
    May your trails be narrow, crooked, lonesome and dangerous, leading to the most outrageous adventures. Paladin

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBro
    DOOD, you missed a great Barney, tonight. About 7 females and 4 or 5 guys. 2 gals got lost, one guy got sick, but we had a great time, got back to the park and the pic nic was the highlight of the night! Really was a great time. We miss you (and your cooler).
    I think you have me confused with somebody else (another Justen?). I've never been on a Barney ride and don't own a cooler. I have drank some of your beer to wash down some Mrs Renfro's at Lucky 11. I may stop by this Thursday. I have to see what 2 months of low altitude, cool weather, flat riding has done to me. I haven't had a single day with over 500 feet of climbing in months.

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    agreement

    i agree that a change of riding group would help a lot as well as doing something involving mtn biking but not necessarily just riding. So have i got a deal for you! This saturday, tmro, a group of us is meeting @ 2 diff times to go up to gardener peak for a trail building day. One group is meeting at 7 @ highlands grade school and riding up dry creek. The second group meets @ 9 at highlands and driving up.
    today's youth will be the ones running the world in short time. be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justen
    I think you have me confused with somebody else (another Justen?). I've never been on a Barney ride and don't own a cooler. I have drank some of your beer to wash down some Mrs Renfro's at Lucky 11. I may stop by this Thursday. I have to see what 2 months of low altitude, cool weather, flat riding has done to me. I haven't had a single day with over 500 feet of climbing in months.
    Sorry, I know who you are, Justen, even though it's been a while, but it was operator error on my part. I thought I was replying to K2Cruiser, whom we've been sorely missing on our rides ever since he got that silly notion to support a doctor by getting his shoulder cut on. I'd hoped he would have cowboyed up by now, at least to guard the coolers
    May your trails be narrow, crooked, lonesome and dangerous, leading to the most outrageous adventures. Paladin

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