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Video Motivation for Cyclists

By Sheila Ascroft

I’m sure you’ve felt this way: it’s only 5 p.m. and already dark outside. There’s a cold wind blowing and the last thing you want to do is go out to a spinning class. I understand. Some days, I don’t even feel like using my indoor bike trainer.

Over the years, I’ve found a few things to perk up my motivation. I get on my computer and search out cycling videos on Youtube.com. Came across an amazing one by Danny MacAskell. That just blew me away. His skill on the bike plus his fearlessness was jaw-dropping. It’s like he can defy gravity. I used to check out clips from the pro races like the Tour de France, but I’ve discovered that now I prefer visiting guided cycling tours like Adventure Cycling sites to see where other people have been. These sites always have photos of happy cyclists by the sea in warm climates. It is a good reminder that spring will come to my northern town eventually.

If I’m still in a funk, then I go to online bike shops like Bike Nashbar or the Canadian Velotique. I don’t have any room on my credit card so it’s fun to “window shop” online. I admit to drooling over new gear like the new Selle Italia Diva saddle. Or I look for those special sales  in case I can find that particular item of desire. If I’m truly bereft of gumption, I go to bike sites like Stevens, Guru (Canadian), Cannondale, etc. I cannot afford a new bike, but it’s like eye candy, and my, the prices! $12K for a bike! Dream on. Although, Giant does have great sizing and good bikes for women.

Finally, after due procrastination, I simply force myself to get on my indoor bike and pedal for 20 minutes. Usually, I find that once I start I’m fine to continue. Maybe I should stick up a Nike “just do it” poster! Marathoner Jeff Galloway says even if you don’t feel like running, put on your gear and go outside and walk until you do. If after 10 minutes you still don’t want to run then go back home. This way you know you tried and won’t guilt-trip yourself.

Twenty minutes isn’t much, but it is better than nothing. Sometimes, I can even get in a good 10 minutes in my aerobic zone during that 20 and come off feeling refreshed.

Whatever, do what you can today. Period. As Scarlett O’Hara said in the last line of Gone with the Wind, “Tomorrow is another day.”

1 comment to Video Motivation for Cyclists

  • I agree with the motivation factor. Sometimes you just need to force yourself to hop on that bike trainer and just ride. Once the blood gets pumping then most of the time you will be alright. Otherwise, I highly recommend some good jamming music on the mp3 player while riding. I’m not going to try to look up the song right now but I can hear “if today was your last day” from Nickelback and I find that I’m adding 10 rpm and putting it in a larger gear.

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