Suffering from a lack of winter motivation

by bikeboy76   December 13, 2012  

When I look outside I just shiver, it is either cold or wet or cold and wet. I am suffering from a lack of winter motivation. I just don't have to go out on my bike so I don't. I convince myself it is too slippy or my toes will freeze, that I have better things to do at home - or that I will CRASH!!!

I have been carefully logging my training in my diary (spreadsheet) and keeping a 30-days rolling total. At one point in August it was up to 618km in the previous 30days. Today it is on 244km and tomorrow my one and only Metric Century drops off and I will be down to 144km. Trips to Tesco aren't going to get that back up.

Believe me I have all the kit I need to keep me warm if it is not literally freezing, but anything below 4C I just think that I can feel the water density sucking energy out of everything.

I wait and hope that it will be dry and mild for just a day and BBC weather always promises that it will be so in 3 or 4 days but the next day the prediction moves back and another day of showers or freeze comes in.

I don't have a trainer or rollers and don't really have the money for one at the moment. I've ridden over 5,000 km so far this year and never been into my cycling like this before. Are these winter blues to be expected? Should I stop looking at my graphs and maps for a month?

What motivation can you suggest to get me back out on the road?

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posted by Gkam84 [8858 posts]
13th December 2012 - 17:10

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Either, take a week off, or watch some videos.

Particularly the British Cycling: Road to Glory

A couple of weeks ago I was the same, no races coming up soon, sh*t weather, and no buddies to go out with in London.

My housemaster lent me the DVD, and although I'd seen it before, Wiggins climbing up onto the roof of that car really reignited my passion...

Good luck! Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
13th December 2012 - 19:55

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How about getting to one of the winter closed circuit racing series, if you don't fancy racing in the winter just use the facilities while there is nothing, a lot safer and no cars to worry about. Also a place to have a quality, structured session that isn't on turbo/rollers!!

Or, do you have an old MTB or a chunky road bike with Cross tyre that would put up with a little steady off road then try out some of the local byways, common land etc - lots more grip off road, especially in the frost/ice

posted by Adam Buckland_ASD [27 posts]
13th December 2012 - 21:22

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Firstly, there's nothing wrong with a rest. There may be some good reasons why you don't feel like going out and the past few days in particular have been awful conditions for a ride. However, it looks like things are going to improve next week so now may be the time to meditate on rules 5 and 9. It is always better than it looks from indoors when you are out on the bike and there is no such thing as a bad turn of the pedals. Every mile, every revolution that you put in now will make you a better cyclist next summer. Whatever your goals are - going faster, further, losing weight, burning your mates or just enjoying time out on the bike, every extra minute you spend racking up the miles over winter will pay you back come the summer. What are you waiting for? Get out and ride!

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [312 posts]
13th December 2012 - 21:38

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Sorry, can't find any closed circuit racing series near me. They all seem to be for the youth and/or in the summer. Besides, paying to go around a car park 100 times sounds even worse.

There's nothing for it. I will just have to use my bed as a time machine to transport me to the spring, and hope I don't gain back everything I've lost.



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1290 posts]
13th December 2012 - 21:47

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Quote:
However, it looks like things are going to improve next week so now may be the time to meditate on rules 5 and 9.

lol Devil

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
13th December 2012 - 21:56

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What are rules 5 and 9? Also 1-4,6-8?



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1290 posts]
13th December 2012 - 23:40

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bikeboy76 wrote:
What are rules 5 and 9? Also 1-4,6-8?

You'll find them here:
http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

Honour and obey them my friend.... Smile

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posted by colhum1 [98 posts]
14th December 2012 - 0:37

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ah yes #5 and #9 ... Cool

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [713 posts]
14th December 2012 - 10:08

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I would agree with the Bedfordshire Clanger. What I do is look at the BBC online forecast the day before and decide from that if I am riding or not and what time; it is rarely wrong. If you just decide in the morning then you tend to put it off...and then it gets dark. The weather is never as bad outside as it looks from indoors. So what you could do is plan a quick leg stretcher, generally when I do this I ride further because I think,"I am out now so I might as well get on!". I tend to avoid very icy or windy conditions because of the risk of injury. If I do not ride (because of the weather) I do a bit of running (I know; Rule 42)but a short jog ticks the box for me!

posted by SideBurn [805 posts]
14th December 2012 - 12:01

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Raleigh wrote:
Either, take a week off, or watch some videos.

I would suggest the same.

Perhaps you need to give both your body and your mind a break - why bother if it's not satisfying? The short, dark, cold days don't help, the instinct for 'hibernation mode' means that this is not an easy time to do much training.

Don't know if it will help but here's Rapha's take on winter training:
http://www.rapha.cc/winter-training-1

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posted by Simon E [1963 posts]
14th December 2012 - 12:54

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Ring in the wind, rain, snow and cold = shimmering thighs of steel in the summer. Probably.

arrieredupeleton

posted by arrieredupeleton [561 posts]
14th December 2012 - 17:43

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I hate the winter cold weather. There is nothing wrong with a fresh morning when I get kitted up with warm clothing. But I like it to warm up a bit and if it is raining I don't go out. Icy cold rain. Horrible! Unfortunatly I have become a little fearful of rain in the summer and I realise I need to 'man up' a bit. I always feel a bit ashamed when I am driving around in my car and I see 'real cyclists' still training in the cold rain when I have decided to give it a miss.

Note to myself. 'Man up' in 2013.

Giant Rob.
King of the East Midlands

posted by Giant Rob [60 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:30

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Re: The Rules.
Disagree or broken:
#1 see below
#5 Chopper is a criminal wally and should be ignored and forgotten.
#14 red saeco shorts for me please
#17
#37
#40 really, who has the time.
#60

Definitely Agree
#38
#59

Got bored and stopped reading
#65 Yawn



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1290 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:47

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I restarted cycling (commuting) about a month ago when my job moved to Bristol. I used to do a lot of cycling when I lived in Munich and Brussels so it's been enjoyable getting back into it and fortunately there are a lot of cycle paths for my commute to work. Anyway, I thought the torrential rain was bad enough but -5C at 0600am is killing me. I think I have enough layers on now but my feet are still cold. I'll definitely be looking forward to the warmer weather! Smile

posted by Kebab Meister [12 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:54

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I really want a pair of Assos after snow overshoes that go up to the mid calf:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/assos-after-snow-bootie

size II please, Santa.

They could even prevent that pink line of flesh forming in the spring/autumn spray

But the price is eye watering, its well down my list, after the rent.



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1290 posts]
14th December 2012 - 19:38

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being a road cycling novice,i haven't ridden my new bike for the last week,as it's been pretty frosty.i really want to ride it,but hear the horror stories about crashing the first sniff your road bike gets of icy roads Sick

i know that (the rules) i just read,mtfu comes to the fore in answer to this predicament.i do not have the balance/reactions of a cat * Big Grin so i will leave the bad riding conditions to the "hard men" Wink next week the weather looks a lot better Big Grin

* i also don't want to bin my lovely new tarmac either (or slide under the wheels of an 18 wheeler Crying

posted by racefaceec90 [46 posts]
15th December 2012 - 9:02

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@racefaceec90, there's nothing wrong with being patient. Inexperience and a new bike mean understandable caution. There's a point where trying to mtfu can lead to a stupid decision that unnecessarily risks your season or even your life.

Those tongue-in-cheek 'rules' are only taken literally by neophytes and those anxious to impress. Nobody tells me what to wear or when to ride my bike.

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posted by Simon E [1963 posts]
15th December 2012 - 12:28

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Simon E wrote:
@racefaceec90, there's nothing wrong with being patient. Inexperience and a new bike mean understandable caution. There's a point where trying to mtfu can lead to a stupid decision that unnecessarily risks your season or even your life.

Those tongue-in-cheek 'rules' are only taken literally by neophytes and those anxious to impress. Nobody tells me what to wear or when to ride my bike.

+1

There's no point in risking your own safety at all. Tomorrow looks like it could be a good day. I'll be at The Hub, a new cyclist's cafe in Redbourn, tomorrow morning for their Christmas Cracker ride. After only managing to get out on Friday last week I'm itching for a good outing and hoping to meet some good company there too including the excellent blogger bedscyclist.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [312 posts]
15th December 2012 - 14:40

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oow, I have an idea: how about a custom t-shirt design. MTFU Cycling Club. In royal blue with white lettering in big varsity style block capitals and cycling club in curly lettering in a swoosh underneath. Then a #5 in the corner if you are fan of the rules.



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1290 posts]
15th December 2012 - 20:34

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I think the rules are great but sticking to them is not so easy. My marathon time kind of gives me away! And the odd bike race preceded by a swim and followed by a run... But apart from that... Oh, then theres the triple, very useful,I am in Devon ffs but apart from that.....

posted by SideBurn [805 posts]
15th December 2012 - 22:06

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