Can we all just agree that motivation is priceless? I have been riding bikes my whole life, and the motivation to ride hard or far or even just continuously has sometimes been stronger than others. The alchemical recipe that produces the drive to ride consists of momentum, fun, fitness, weather, inspiration, friends, opportunity and possibly some other things I’m overlooking. Mysteriously, sometimes when I have both opportunity and fitness in spades, I am still woefully short of the motivation to capitalize.
I don’t understand it.
But I’m in a purple patch now. The hand injury that ruined my end-of-summer riding plans let me back on the bike in time to build some Fall fitness, and having missed out on some of my favorite rides and events, I feel I owe it to myself to keep rolling through the winter. Of late, I am doing only mixed-terrain rides, road-to-trail-to-road-to-trail, and finding my motivation in seeing the ponds ice over. It’s in the studded 40mm tires hanging in my garage that I see carving through 6 inches of snow in my mind’s eye.
A power line cut almost always harbors a hard-scrabble trail. Even driving around, I have my head on a swivel, looking for wood-bound ingress, like a secret door in a bookcase that leads to a magical land where the animals talk and I can fly.
A friend with a hair-brained idea to ride somewhere I haven’t ridden before, that I’m not sure can be ridden to, at night, possibly also involving a train trip or a donut shop.
These are the sorts of things motivating me to ride and ride and ride right now, and sometimes, even when an idea seems bad, or I’m not sure I’ll have the time, I’ll force myself out the door anyway, because I know this stuff is fleeting. The snow will be deep soon, and it will take more to get me out the door.
This week’s Group Ride asks, what motivates you? Are you chasing the bike right now, or lying low? Is your motivation consistent or up and down like a Duncan Imperial?