“Riding a bike is everything to a cyclist. The friendship and camaraderie you have with other cyclists… to a cyclist, it was the be-all and end-all of your life.”
— Tommy Godwin, English long-distance cyclist
Cycling motivation can waver throughout the year. You might get inspired by a different cycling event or just by the idea of riding your bike for fun, but then you might lose your enthusiasm for riding. You might be too busy with work or school, or have other commitments that take up a lot of your time. Or perhaps your personal life requires more attention than your bicycle riding does. Whatever the reason, it's easy to lose sight of why you started cycling in the first place—and that can make it hard to stay motivated.
One way to avoid this problem is to make sure you have at least one thing going on each day that makes riding more enjoyable or interesting. For example, if you're new to cycling, try taking a bike ride every day for a few months before deciding if it's something you want to continue doing long-term. If you don't like taking classes because they're boring or too difficult for you, try taking online classes instead so that there's always something new happening each day. If your job doesn't allow time off from work during the weekdays, then weekends are your getaways.
Sometimes it's hard to motivate yourself to ride, especially when you're tired or just don't feel like it. But if you can find ways to keep yourself inspired and excited about riding your bike, you'll be able to make it through the coldest winter months and even get out in the summer heat.
Find that motivational spark for cycling
It's important to keep in mind that cycling is a sport, and not all athletes are created equal. Some people are naturally motivated by competition, while others struggle with motivation at all times. Regardless of your current level of motivation, there are ways you can find your way back to it.
· Ride with a friend(s) - Find a group of people who are riding their bikes together—whether they're riding in the same direction or not. It makes you feel good knowing that there are other people out there who are just as excited about biking as you are!
· Excuses? What are they? - Get rid of all your excuses for not biking. Sometimes, when we get into a rut, our brains convince us that there's something else that's more important than riding our bikes—like work or school, or family obligations. But if we can get rid of these other things, we can make time for riding!
· Try new routes every week - If there's an area near where you live that you've never biked through before, try to make time for it at least once a week this season! It will give your body a chance to adapt and learn how to handle this new terrain.
· Go shopping! - Buy some new clothes specifically designed for biking. Some people prefer going bare-chested while others like wearing shirts. For ladies, there is a huge variety of cycling wear to choose from. You can check out sportswear sections of your favorite brands.
· Keep track of your miles - By keeping track of your miles, you'll be able to see how far you've gone—and how far you have left! Knowing this can help motivate you to keep going, even when it feels difficult or boring.
· Use social media - Social media is a great way to stay connected with friends who are also into cycling (or who have been recent). It's also a great way to see what other cyclists are up to in their city or town!
· Make goals - Set goals for yourself each month about what kinds of activities or distances you'd like to accomplish during the next month (for example: ride three miles every day). This will help keep you motivated throughout the year!
Cycling can be a tough sport as it requires a lot of motivation and physical strength. But the cyclists out there choose this sport as it makes gives them the feel-good factor. Connecting with other bikers, going outdoors, and having health benefits are some of the extra features of cycling. Explore the many unseen terrains, achieve the impossible feat and experience the tranquillity with your cycle and your love for the sport.