I can just feel my fitness ebbing away.
Well what little I had ! Combination of things time constraints , crap weather , time of year .Lately most rides have been local affairs mostly greenlanes ,got a couple of mates back into riding after many years .Has been good in one respect but need to start trying to ride harder in between .Think I usually get like this towards the end of winter and this years seems to have dragged even more? Roll on a months time ! Maybe I should crack on and book another foreign trip , give me some motivation .Posted 5 years agoTrimixMember
I was ruined by riding in the South of France over Xmas – all that has now become a distant memory – like school holidays.
This weather is sapping me.
Ive resorted to actually riding my mountain bike on back roads round where I live and commuting to work. Wearing out my new Nobby Nicks !
Apart from today as we had 10cm of snow, which will then make the rest of the week shite 🙁Posted 5 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I just looked at some long range forecasts in the hope of spreading some good news vibes.
Sorry, similar conditions until end of March, possibly drier in the SE, same temps.
Tomorrow, I shall be mostly scouting a bridleway route to avoid the currently almost unrideable forest singletrack…. never in the past have I had to do that. 😐Posted 5 years agouponthedownsMember
Think I usually get like this towards the end of winter and this years seems to have dragged even more?
I find this gets worse as you get older. Last winter was particularly bad is it seemed to last until the end of April.
In previous years I’ve found it helps to have a big hairy audacious goal like the Marmotte or Etape to get fit for but I’ve nothing like that this year so motivation is in short supply.Posted 5 years agoashfanmanMember
I used to get this during the winter until I bought an ex-gym spin bike. I’m now probably fitter than I’ve been at any point since school.
Set it up in front of the TV and now do 70 minutes a day, six days a week – unless I’m out on the actual bike, obviously. Don’t need to worry about weather, getting kit ready or washing mud off afterwards. Works for me.Posted 5 years agoThe Sanity AssassinSubscriber
ollie T – Member
Road bike, Road bike! go on give in you know you what to? Its all thats keeping me going at the moment.
This.Posted 5 years ago
I managed 114 miles in crappy conditions yesterday, whereas there’d have been very little chance of me hossing myself to go slogging through mud on the mtb.AndrewJMember
Have you heard of Strava oldgit? I think this would be great to help with your motivation. Have a look at the KOM sections for your local area and see if you could beat some of them.
+1 for Strava as a motivational tool. I entered the Base Mile January challenge with a goal of averaging 20 miles a day throughout January. Despite the snow I ended up doing 624 miles with a day to spare!
Although the next challenge may be a little too much so soon in the year! But I’ll give it a go 😉Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
I have cunningly avoided my usual winter slump by tearing ligaments and breaking a bone in my knee.
pfft, I throw something like this in every 2 years (torn ankle ligaments 2007, broken knee 2009, broken elbow and torn-off ligament 2011) to really spice it up.
Have bought ‘time crunched cyclist’ and intend to try a programme mar-april-may to get me in some sort of shape for june (bikefest) so having some sort of goal might help with motivation.
+1 for a road bike, my purchase was well timed given the 18 month rainy season we’ve had and Ive ridden it more than my HT, FS and R1 combined. Trimix is just a roadie in denial now… 😀Posted 5 years agowoody2000Subscriber
I’m giving the MTB a miss quite a bit at the moment, but keeping up the road riding as much as possible (100 miles or so a week). Using Endomondo to log rides has been a good motivational tool, as has entering a couple of events in Mar/April. Seriously though, it’s only weather and riding is riding whether it’s road or mtb. DO IT! 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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