Cycling isn’t always fun especially when you’re struggling to find the motivation to saddle up and hit the tracks. Curling up in bed, hitting the snooze button and avoiding that 6am bike ride is something we’re all guilty of doing, especially when the winter comes around.
However, one thing is for certain, when you come back from a ride, 99.9 times out of 100 you will feel great after it.
So, how do you keep motivated when the thought of a bike ride is the last thing you want to be doing? Here’s some of our handy tips of ways you can boost your drive and motivate yourself to kit up and get outside – even when you don’t have the energy to make your morning coffee.
Preparation is Key
If you want to commute to work or head out straight after work don’t leave everything until last minute. Preparing for a ride can sometimes be a greater obstacle than the workout itself so getting your kit ready the night before will save you a lot of time and extra effort that can be saved for the roads.
Likewise, getting your bike ready with lights charged and tyres inflated means you’ll be able to head straight out with no fuss. It’s also a good idea to double check the weather forecast so you know if you’re expected to hit any bad conditions.
Spruce up your bike
There’s nothing better than replacing an old chain and a pair of new tyres on a worn bike. Investing in proper cleaning equipment and getting in the routine of brightening up your ride will also help to get you excited to ride because who doesn’t want to show off a gleaming sparkling bike?
If your bike has lost its summer shine then a couple of cheek upgrades will keep it looking fresh and should have you eager to test out your new kit.
Set a goal
To keep a clear outlook as to why you started cycling in the first place and the reason you’re still doing it put together a list of specific goals that you want to reach. Try to think of achievable and maintainable goals rather than a general aim such as “to be healthy”.
Everyone has a reason why they ride and reminding yourself of that reason will help enforce your motivation to perform the activity and reach your end goal.
We all have a favourite treat that we like to enjoy once in a while so having that little incentive waiting for you in the fridge by the end of your week of daily commutes to work isn’t a terrible idea. When working towards your goals it’s important to not be too hard on yourself and still enjoy the balance of treats.
Rewards don’t have to be food or drink related, it could be a pair of new cycling shorts you’ve had your eye on or maybe a new bike accessory or maintenance product you’d like to try. Whatever your goal is, pick a reward that reflects it and go for it!
Add an element of excitement
How many times have you been demotivated because you felt bored of the same routine? If you’re tired of your normal cycling route it may be time to add some more excitement.
Cycling on your own is hugely rewarding but making plans with friends will encourage you to be out the door at a certain time. You’ll have the incentive of not wanting to let them down as well the excitement of new rides you may not normally be used too.
If you’re competitive, there’s many races and events to choose from and there is nothing like a countdown to an event to give you a kick and get you on the bike.
What tricks do you use to motivate yourself to get out riding? We asked our social followers to go reveal how they keep themselves motivated to cycling. Here’s what they said..
“I joined an all girls cycle group because I was diagnosed with COPD and needed to get off the couch and get active. We are like one big family, being in a team gives me the motivation. I wouldn't be able to do it on my own.” — Tracy Summerhayes
“Cycling keeps my depression at bay” — Tomz Jim
“Someone told me I couldn't, so I do. That’s what keeps me motivated.” — Sally McGregor