Posted by: Vikb
Posted by: Mic
Currently I have a hard time getting back on the "three times a week commute by bike" train ... dark, wet and cold weather along with lots of not so nice stuff at work, Corona being one of that. Moved house end of last year and have about 15 to 20km one way with 250 to 300 mtr of climbing one way, about half of it on designated bike lanes and paths.
I have tried all alternative routes, longer ones with less climbing and less cars and traffic in the last years but commuting by bike has just become kind of incredibly boring and somewhat dull. Motivation is out of the window it seems.
Maybe set some more modest goals like commute 1 day/week if weather is reasonable one of the days? I find with any challenge like this getting something happening that feels like success...however modest... makes me feel good and then it's easier to build on it. Even one 30-40km round trip commute per week is great. Nothing to sneeze at.
True and wise words that are hard to follow though. I have been known for some pretty stupid challenges and situations others would not consider healthy, like starting a Gran Fondo ride without breakfast, among others. Well, I can only say that I try and do my best to not ride myself into that wall again, that is a dark and unhappy place to be...but despite my age it seems that I can not get rid of that motivation to test me again and again in ways not really well thought out.
Example: Original plan was to ride three times a week in Feb and at least 4 times throughout the weeks of March - which is not going to happen. Another example would be a planned Everest in Tyrol this coming summer, but given the above thoughts about my propensity to rush into things without any proper planning (kind of like a squirrel with a good idea) it would be wise to continue riding as much as I can this coming season, collect loads of uphill miles - and try my hand at the Everest in 2023.