I was trying to think of things to post on here and thinking of taking a break when it hit me, I can cover motivation and how to improve it.
As my intro said, one way of increasing motivation is to take a break from something. I’ve heard of this method before in cycling, in that you wake up on the morning of your session and if you don’t feel like going out, you don’t. Instead of forcing yourself to go out, you just wait until the next day and hope you’re feeling better after a day off. Like a mini rest week.
Obviously, you have the old school method of motivation which is inspiration. There’s plenty of this to be had in the world of cycling. One of these for me is getting engrossed in pro racing. Be it sitting down and watching the TV for a few hours while La Vuelta is on, fetching a magazine or even browsing the web, it seems to work quite well. One of my favourite and most frequently visited websites being www.bigringriding.com .
Another way of increasing motivation is simply just to ride with others. long amounts of hours and miles on your own really does demotivate you, no one to share stories or experiences with while riding is mundane no matter how you look at it. Doing 100 miles a week on my own isn’t my cup of tea after experiencing it at the top end of this year. Clubs are great for this, especially mine, adhoc rides organised the night before really keep the motivation high.
Recently, there’s been an influx of juniors into the club, most with their sights set on racing. This means that I’ll be exploring the third method of motivation during those long base miles. After all, 60 miles of base with a few crazy attacks during is enough to motivate anyone. 😉