Shifting the winter blues – how do you manage it?
I spend a lot of time having to listen to my mother on the phone moaning about the cold, the damp, the fog, the dark, the ice, the rain, the wind, my dad etc etc and how depressed it makes her feel and how she can’t wait for the light, the dry, the sun, the warmth etc etc.
I get so peed off with her that it makes me feel glad to be alive and doing as much as I can regardless of the season and conditions.Posted 9 years agophinbobSubscriber
A few things I am doing
1) Cherish the good days, trails as hard as summer, clear air etc.Posted 9 years ago
2) Book some summer riding events (big rides with mates/holidays/races whatever)
3) See this time as a chance to get fit so you can hit the trails like a riding God in the summer (ok so a bit of poetic licence here)
simon_f_barnes – that photo is very very wrong. Grown men in tights even on this well endowed chap (Not safe for some peoples work but its not nude- hence I posted the link and NOT the image itself):
Even men like that shouldnt wear lycra SFB!Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
Lycra is functionally brilliant, some people prefer to go on a fashion parade – thats their choice 😉
I’m struggling with the same issue (never free from work unless its dark, and then I’ve got no-one to ride with so all I do is stay in the flat and watch TV or work some more).Posted 9 years ago
So, some interesting variants.
It’s interesting that more than one assumes I’m wishing it away. Not so.
I feel like plenty of others, I’m sure. It’s just a weather, mundane life thing.
Plenty of riding going on – it’s the only bit (other than my time with Mrs North) which keeps me sane: I was at the track on Monday, missed a night road ride on Tuesday (work until 1am – like the bad old days), will be at the club chaingang on Saturday (getting a kicking, no doubt), and MTBing for the first time this year on Sunday.
Summer riding is being planned and there are trips to look forward to: Tour of Flanders sportive in April, a week riding and chilling by Lake Como in early May, starting road racing in the spring/summer, Dartmoor Classic sportive with a good friend in June, riding the Étape in July….
But, right now, it’s dark when I go to work, dark at work (my office doesn’t have an external view), dark when I go home…. Just need to work out the best way through it – no different from anyone else.
OMITN (simultaneously conducting retail therapy online)Posted 9 years ago
Have a hot bath, missus has a hot bath. Then both have carnal fun for a couple of hours. Call me basic but surely that clears the blues away?
If it helps- plan a mtb holiday in Spain now to leave in 3 weeks. You will be tied up with your checklists etc etc and wont even notice the cold here.Posted 9 years agomeehajaMember
I ride more in the winter. Harder and faster cos its cold and I don’t want to dawdle. Its a good emotional thing cos it feels hard, so I feel like I’m training really hard (plus the addedd benefit that everyone else has the sense to stay in, so I feel doubly hard!). Also, come summer time, good weather feels even better and I feel fitter cos I’ve been riding all winter. Just treat winter astraining for the summer!Posted 9 years ago
Ourmant’upnorth(like)- cheered up yet?
Oh yes. Now that I’ve seen binners insulting your manhood *again* on here.
Are you sure it wasn’t you binners saw in a corset way back then?
Exercise (and sh*gg*ng) always makes me feel better. It’s the overall slog and grind of winter that gets me down.Posted 9 years agosweaman2Subscriber
Difficult to do if your working until 1am but I would suggest a run at lunchtime when you can. Failing that at least stepping outside for a "fag break" even if you don’t smoke just to get the day-light in.
I used to work in a fully inside environment and went a bit loopy not seeing the sun for a whole week during winters. Some exercise outside is really needed to keep your body clock sane.Posted 9 years ago
I would suggest a run at lunchtime when you can
Was thinking about that. It doesn’t do my knees any good (years of astroturf has wrecked them), but ought to be a good way of upping the exercise and daylight. I’ll think about that for next week.
Binners is only jealous of my French Baguette
You two are obsessed with food. Oh, I see…. 😉Posted 9 years ago
winter blues in Manchester? try living in Norway FFS.
Try living in Manchester 365 days a year. FFS I’m trying to talk our lass into moving to Outlane, she wont have it 🙁
If you find it difficult to mentally motive yourself to run every lunchtime just pop into HMV, swipe a CD then run out of the door. The Security Guards should give up after a few hundred yards but progressively they will get fitter and fitter as well thus helping to push you further.
Either that or call someone a **** in the Arndale centre every lunchtime. 🙄Posted 9 years ago
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