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  • Premier Icon oldfart
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    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 .

    jota180
    Member

    give me some motivation .

    It ebbs and flows, mine’s currently in the ascendency after a terrible January, it’ll be back before you know it.

    Munqe-chick
    Member

    Don’t think you’ll be the only one with the weather rapidly diminishing whta little motivation we had!

    fasthaggis
    Member

    It’s the time of year init .

    I always think Jan/Feb can be the hardest months to drag your Rs out the door.
    Soon be Spring πŸ™‚

    brooess
    Member

    Commute? A great way to get the miles in and keep the legs moving?

    emsz
    Member

    God, I haven’t done any serious running since beginning of Jan. weathers been awful and motivation as been shit. Any way, went for a short run Sunday, and my legs are killing today!!

    oldnick
    Member

    I have cunningly avoided my usual winter slump by tearing ligaments and breaking a bone in my knee. Thus I have a really good excuse not to ride my bike at all!

    Looking forward to a hot sweaty dusty Switchbacks holiday when I’m fit again πŸ™‚

    oldnick
    Member

    I have cunningly avoided my usual winter slump by tearing ligaments and breaking a bone in my knee. Thus I have a really good excuse not to ride my bike at all!

    Looking forward to a hot sweaty dusty Switchbacks holiday when I’m fit again πŸ™‚

    Trimix
    Member

    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 πŸ™

    neilchristie
    Member

    It’s funny but now that I am a dad, I look out of the window and think “yep- I would go out in that!” even when it’s minging weather! So ‘make the most of it while you can’ is my thought for the day πŸ˜‰

    rocketman
    Member

    Mine ebbs away until I take a couple of High 5 Xtremes πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    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. 😐

    andrewh
    Member

    I usually get like this towards the end of winter and this years seems to have dragged even more

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    It’s been winter since November 2011, 16 straight months of it, no wonder you are fed up.

    Soon be Spring

    Yeah would be nice to get one this year.

    +1 on the whole feeling crap can’t be arsed. but still managing to get out and about.

    jota180
    Member

    Yeah would be nice to get one this year

    We’ve been getting decent Springs IMO
    Was it last year that we had the warmest March for 100 years?

    Premier Icon Clover
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    Weather’s so rubbish that I went *swimming* (in a real pool, this is not a metaphor) last night. Drier and warmer than riding.

    Never feel fit this time of year. The only thing for it is…. Hit the North. Kill or cure treatment.

    Thrustyjust
    Member

    Using a turbo trainer this winter in a fight to stop the glimmer of fitness I have disappearing. Really bloody boring, but my theory is that when the real riding begins, i will have that extra level to make me enjoy it more,

    richardk
    Member

    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.

    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.

    cakefest
    Member

    This is what you need.

    uponthedowns
    Member

    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.

    ashfanman
    Member

    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.

    Winter Road bike + Commuting + Strava is the only thing keeping me going!

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Lol at oldfart and I don’t believe you! How you doing, out on the Q’s much? πŸ™‚

    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.
    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.

    AndrewJ
    Member

    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 πŸ˜‰

    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… πŸ˜€

    grum
    Member

    Doing better this winter than most years TBH.

    We’ve been getting decent Springs IMO
    Was it last year that we had the warmest March for 100 years?

    Yup last year the only summer we had was in March.

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    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! πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    thinking of selling my bikes and taking up an indoor sport, like cards or computer games, darts perhaps?

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