- How do you motivate yourself to go out in the cold, windy & wet weather?
I think as long as the rainy horribleness/lovely dry dustiness balance is maintained then you can live with it. Its just that that balance has been seriously out of whack for the last couple of years ‘summers’.
I’ve been really struggling to motivate myself too. But now the rain has finally stopped, the mud has frozen, and the ground is hard, my mojo has returned a bit 😀Posted 5 years agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
there is a tipping point where it is to awful to go out. But i generally get some thing from a wet ride. the sense of just getting on with it.
having some decent gear helps.
but yesterday was bloody great, freezing, the bike came back cleaner than it went out, some of the old crap fell off1Posted 5 years agoasterixMember
its always better in a forest – less windy and at least some shelter, so if like this weekend its cold and snowy or wet I opt for the mountain bike in the forest over the road bike. Tell yourself your choosing a nice warm cosy option instead of battle a headwind and huge wind chill. its all relativePosted 5 years agoMulletus MaximusMember
If it’s just to ride socially then I don’t bother but I’m in specific training mode so I use my rollers instead for either tempo, threshold or speed workouts.
The weather doesn’t usually bother me unless it’s heavy rain combned with strong wind. Was out in it yesterday at 0°c in a skinsuit competing in a TTT. That was very cold!!Posted 5 years agorogerthecatMember
I try to look at the weather as part of the overall challenge of riding.Posted 5 years ago
Guess it may have something to do with how you came to riding MTBs.
My route was from a love of walking/climbing/mountaineering where grim weather added to the experience.
Perversely I do find riding dry trails in hot sun a bit dull too!
Or, do you mean riding on a road bike, in which case I see your point.Kryton57Subscriber
asterix – Member
its always better in a forest – less windy and at least some shelter, so if like this weekend its cold and snowy or wet I opt for the mountain bike in the forest over the road bike. Tell yourself your choosing a nice warm cosy option instead of battle a headwind and huge wind chill
Rogerthecat – I am fighhting over the decision to take the road bike out after having a miserable time yesterday (still recoving from manflu) Asterix ^^ has a point, maybe I should take the SS out for an hour and see if the forest has improved….Posted 5 years agogavtheoldskaterMember
i wonder if its an age thing, every winter i find it harder to get going in the cold wheares in the past it would never have bothered me. today classic example, its dry, i have the time to grab a quick hour road ride, but knowing that my fingers will freeze solid before i get more than 5 mins up the hill i really can’t be assed.Posted 5 years agobikebouyMember
I embro up. It’s the best way of preparing and motivating I can find.
The simple act of rubbing embrocation into your muscles then donning some thermal under layers on, then your normal riding kit, it’s just the perfect determination mindset to go out and ride.
That and also the fact that one day, one day in the future you’ll be sat somewhere where you don’t really want to be, looking outside and spotting white puffy clouds, sun, dry trails and kicking yourself quite hard in nuts.
Take it whilst you can.
HTH 😆Posted 5 years agocheers_driveMember
If you can arrange rides with other the motivation is easy but it’s tough on your own.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve just moved from Bristol where I had a club of riders to call on for a ride to somewhere I know no riders, I will join a club eventually but for now motivation is hard. Yesterday I did my 2nd ride of the year, a road ride with below zero windchill, leaden skies and snow flurries. It took 10 miles to beat the urge to back and go home but eventually rolled in 3 1/2 hours later, the cold meant I didn’t feel great at the time but once warmed up I felt fantastic as I always do once I’ve forced myself out.uponthedownsMember
i wonder if its an age thing, every winter i find it harder to get going in the cold wheares in the past it would never have bothered me.
Same here especially last year when April was cold as well. I find it helps to have a big event lined up in June-July where you know you will either fail or suffer horribly if you don’t get the training in.
Good tip here from Chris Boardman who would get into his kit before deciding whether to call off a training session becuase of bad weather. Much easier to decide not to ride from under the duvet.Posted 5 years agoahwilesSubscriber
[yorkshireman] commuting by car costs me £4/day in petrol, and i’m not made of money.
wors – Member
When it comes to fun riding, riding in shite weather isn’t fun. So I don’t bother.
what he said, and it’s not like i haven’t got other things to be getting on with…Posted 5 years agoahwilesSubscriber
iamroughrider – Member
i like the logic idea… would i prefer to be out in the wild, or sat in front of the tv..
if the weather’s crap, TV! (or diy, or laundry, or bake a cake, or phone your mum, or etc.)
thecrookofdevon – Member
Just think how rare it is that you go and the ride was spoilt because of the crap weather…
crap weather is one of the few things that CAN spoil a ride…Posted 5 years ago
i ventured out a couple of weeks back in very harsh weather. Except for my hands going numb ( wrong choice of gloves) I didn’t even notice the weather and had an amazing time..
when i get back home I make sure I fix my mind on this feeling for a moment.. which then prepares me for the next time.Posted 5 years agojoolsburgerMember
This is my favorite time of the year to ride. Frozen ground with a bit of sun is perfect. I go out in the rain on the basis that if I didn’t I’d have hardly ridden at all last year. I’m not a fan of very hot days just too sweaty.
I’ve never regretted going for a ride, I try and remind myself of that.Posted 5 years ago
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