Finding that motivation, rain, hail or shine

Yesterday was the first time since I sold my car, where I really wished I hadn’t.

It was raining, and I mean bucketing down. I had to get to work, trains and trams are not so convenient, so on the bike I got. As I pedalled, dripping wet, I really started to resent the fact that I had to ride my bike… I was feeling daunted by the weather to come, this was only the start… winter that is. Sigh. The worst is yet to come.

My motivation for riding my bike always seems to wain this time of year, when the darkness sets in and the temperature starts to drop. This is the time of year when I find it increasingly hard to get myself out of bed in the morning and find that motivation to get on my bike and ride it. Don’t get me wrong. I love riding my bike. I once did this:

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But still, there is something about this time of year that gets to me. There is a brief adjustment period. Though my motivation starts to wain at this time of year, it is a good time for me to revisit my goals. So why do I get up to train in the morning? The underlining motivation is my love for riding my bike. Bike riding keeps me fit, happy and if nothing else, sane. Often it is the 45 minutes I spend commuting to work in the morning that is almost the most enjoyable part of my day, an opportunity to clear my mind, experience some endorphins and get my daily vitamin D. My bike is also my primary mode of transport, I need it to get from a to b. My competitive streak keeps me focused with many bike related goals to achieve. Then there is the social aspect that cycling provides, many friends to ride with, places to go, breakfast spots to eat at. I really do have hundreds of reasons to be motivated, to get out of bed in the morning, to ride rain, hail or shine, and to just get on my bike and ride it.

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My training will shift from focusing on summer crits, to winter kilometres, hills and tts, and I will remind myself that despite the cold, wet and dreary conditions, I love riding my bike and everything that it provides me. The cold can be relieved, the wet can be prepared for. Now it is time to rug up, put on those merino socks, rub that embro on the legs and get on my bike and ride it!

Some not-so-convincing reasons why you should cycle

I cycle everywhere: to work, to the pub, to the supermarket, I ride hard and I ride up hills, I ride slow, I just ride. You should do it too. It is fun. Here’s why:

  • You won’t have to drive or park ever again, you will be way less stressed than if you road raged your way to work
  • You won’t have to pay for parking or pay for petrol, its expensive…think of all the lycra you can buy with the savings
  • You will meet hot bike boys/girls on the road, bike path romance – been there done that
  • You will always be at the front of the traffic queue, just skip through the traffic and beat the cars. You can race them at the lights!
  • You will have sexy helmet hair, all the hipsters are doing it, just ruffle your mop, and go
  • You will get to exercise for free, why pay for an over priced gym membership when you can burn 600 calories per hour on the bike
  • You will save the environment by not producing any carbon emissions, except for the emissions from breathing of course – so hold your breath
  • You can park anywhere you like, footpaths, indoors, in the way of people etc.
  • You will look like a hipster, just roll up one pant leg, wear skinny jeans, a floral/hawiian shirt and don’t smile even though you are loving life on the bike
  • You can legitimately wear lycra to a cafe, just make sure that it fits you properly and is not ugly
  • You can drink as much coffee as you want, thats all cyclists do, other than cycle

Enjoy your bike or get one, it’ll change your life.
And if you have any other reasons, let me know!