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    In a slump

    Im having trouble getting started doing my morning rides since the holidays. Anybody have any thing they wont do in the morning to make sure they get out and ride? Just looking for ways to trick myself to get out the door to get the ball rolling again.

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    Do for us guys who cant ride all year man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    Do for us guys who cant ride all year man.
    +1.

    I don't want to hear it if you live somewhere where it's not freezing and nasty in the winter.

    If it's cold, windy, and wet then I understand.
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    I thinking setting clear and measurable goals is a good way to make sure you ride.

    Set a goal to ride 5 days a week. That's a good start.

    For example, today I have a goal to ride 4x15 minutes of tempo with 5 minutes rest inbetween, with a 15 minute warm-up, and 5 minute cool-down. Hard to achieve if I don't jump on the bike first.

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    My advice is get everything you need to ride ready the night before and lay it out so its easy to get started. If you have to hunt around the house and put **** in the dryer then you can talk yourself out of it real easy. I find that if I just get started getting dressed I always end up out the door. But if I put something in the dryer and climb back in to bed waiting for it to dry...I still go. But it's HARDER.

    Eat food on your ride that you really like to eat, not just clif bars and gel. It sounds stupid but having something edible to look forward to breaks up the seemingly endless miles in to more manageable chunks. I highly recommend the Allen Lim rice cakes that he put up recently. SO GOOD. I've also been on a marble pound cake kick but whatever. (This is really only best for 3+hour/2000+kj rides where you need to eat solid food)

    If you can make your rides one big loop or a turn around of some kind. If you make it little mini loops then it makes it easier to bail out. if you go out 50 miles, well, you've got to get home. And not seeing the same scenery or dreading the same little kicker every lap helps keep it some amount of fun.

    And...winter base miles suck. Deal with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poncharelli View Post
    I thinking setting clear and measurable goals is a good way to make sure you ride.

    Set a goal to ride 5 days a week. That's a good start.

    For example, today I have a goal to ride 4x15 minutes of tempo with 5 minutes rest inbetween, with a 15 minute warm-up, and 5 minute cool-down. Hard to achieve if I don't jump on the bike first.
    The trouble I have found with this is that people procrastinate; tell themselves they will ride tomorrow instead of today and then another obligation keeps them from that as well.

    One day at a time. If I sit back and look at all the hours I have to log, I just get depressed. One day at a time.

    edit: Of course, I don't want you to think you shouldn't write out a plan, of course you should. But it usually isn't enough. It's the little things that keep you fresh.

    Also, track your improvements. Get a computer that records or better yet, a power meter. Seeing improvement is often the greatest motivator.
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    Just imagine you're getting up and out to the worst job you can ever imagine. Then realize it's just a nightmare and you get to ride your bike instead. If that does'nt do the trick, go out running, or skiing. That really sucks

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    If its because your not getting enough sleep and waking up tierd, go to bed earlier!
    Try going to bed earlier and getting a better sleep rythem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuuc View Post
    Just imagine you're getting up and out to the worst job you can ever imagine. Then realize it's just a nightmare and you get to ride your bike instead. If that does'nt do the trick, go out running, or skiing. That really sucks
    +1

    Agreed, If I can get up every morning and go to a job that sucks, even when I feel like crap....why can't I get up to train for something I love?

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    When I finish work every bone in my body is screaming "don't ride, you are tired, do it tomorrow". If I go home with a plan of getting on my bike right away it will not happen.

    However, if I go home and focus on the important things, like having a cup of coffee and snack, I find that after an hour or so the motivation to ride is there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    When I finish work every bone in my body is screaming "don't ride, you are tired, do it tomorrow". If I go home with a plan of getting on my bike right away it will not happen.

    However, if I go home and focus on the important things, like having a cup of coffee and snack, I find that after an hour or so the motivation to ride is there.
    I'm totally the opposite. I've been choosing to do my trainer workouts in the evenings as opposed to getting 6 hours of sleep and doing it at 4:30 am. BUT, when I get home in the evening, as much as I'm fairly tired and not interested in training, if I sit around instead of getting kitted up, setting up my trainer, and hopping on, I'd *never* get around to it!

    I have a pre-"ride" snack at work, and though I wish I could do caffeine before my ride, I've cut way back on that to help circulation.

    At any rate - whether you need to do it right away or find a process for motivating - just remember you're out riding! Stop and smell the roses or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Im having trouble getting started doing my morning rides since the holidays. Anybody have any thing they wont do in the morning to make sure they get out and ride? Just looking for ways to trick myself to get out the door to get the ball rolling again.
    Repeat the mantra "Shut up and ride" to your inner voice that is creating those innocuous excuses.

    Try it. Seriously.
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    I'll add some other things that get me to ride:

    -I've had this life-long habit of exercise. 20 years ago it was track and field, then weightlifting and basketball, then racquetball, and now cycling. If I don't exercise something feels wrong. I actually get physically depressed if I don't exercise nearly daily. It's a good problem for a cyclist to have (since it's such a time-emphasis sport).
    -This season, I'm paying for coaching services. It would be dumb to not do the workouts I'm paying for.
    -The coaching service also organizes weekend group rides. Those are pretty fun.
    -I keep my trainer in the living room all winter. If I sit on the couch and watch MSNBC (one of my favorite activities), in a little while I realize that I should be sitting on the trainer and watching MSNBC.
    -Like Allison, I prefer to ride in the evening. When riding in the morning, I find that it makes me tired at the end of the workday. When riding after work, even when tired, the trainer workout can be re-energizing.
    -And lastly, when it's a warm winter day, I'll take my bike clothes and bike to work. My boss is okay with me cutting out for an hour or 2 during the day to take a ride; and actually encourages it (As long as I get in my 8). One time I even rode the trainer in the office. Not doing that again. Too hot in there.

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    Think of how good you feel at the end of the ride!

    I hardly ever have a ride where I finish not liking it.. It's usually the opposite, I'm usually pumped up and excited about my ride, regardless of the the environment or type of ride. The start, specially in bad weather, is always hard but if you concentrate on how good you will feel after the ride or during the ride it might help you get motivated... At least thats what works for me... Many times as I'm getting ready, and considering turning around and getting back into bed I try to think on how good I felt after my last ride !

    good luck...

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    You need an incentive.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    You need an incentive.

    I don't think she would be willing to hang out in my basement in front of my trainer all winter.
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    Thanks

    All your suggestions make a lot of sense. "Shut up and ride" has to be the best. I think i might put that in the bathroom to stare at when i brush my teeth, along with a ride schedual.
    Putting my bike in the living room with all my gear works good. As long as my son stays off it when im not looking.
    Also i banned TV from the mornings might as well add the internet to that list aswell.

    Once i get in the swing of things its real easy to keep it going. It's just I hate road riding, but not as much as i hate being a sh tty mountain biker. I think its time to change from 4 loops to a long out and back and ride for everyone that cant this winter


    you guys are all awesome THANKS

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    I use to race Motocross before getting into mountain biking. I have a picture of David Bailey. He's a former AMA motocross champion that is now in a wheel chair. Every time I start making excuses not to ride......I take a look at someone who doesn't even have that choice.

    Works every time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Im having trouble getting started doing my morning rides since the holidays. Anybody have any thing they wont do in the morning to make sure they get out and ride? Just looking for ways to trick myself to get out the door to get the ball rolling again.
    Go out and buy yourself a new bike.
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    A yellow or persimmon (orange) lens in your sunglasses makes everything look sunnier, even when its grey and miserable outside. I find it makes riding in bad weather much more bearable.

    A few times I've been riding along wondering why all the cars have their lights on when it's so sunny, then I look over the top of the sunglasses and realise that it's actually almost pitch black and tipping down with rain.

    Pictured below: A yellow or persimmon (orange) lens makes it appear sunnier than it really is.
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