One thing about tracking your rides with an application like MapMyRide (MapMyFitness) is at the end of the year you can look at your stats to see how you did and hopefully be amazed. I can log onto the site and look at my ride statistics including the maps, of every ride (or workout) I’ve done since the beginning. It’s great for motivation and reviewing just how hard you did work.
I get emails from MapMyRide periodically to remind me of how I’m doing and this year blew my mind! You can see my stats HERE and it has some nice animation to go with it. This was my first full year riding and really was my best year yet. (I made a mistake with the link but it’s correct now.)
My Best Year Yet Equals WOW
- 3,630 miles-That’s equal to running 1,168 5K races.
- 170 total workouts-That’s like working out daily for 24 weeks in a row.
- 328 total hours-That’s like working out 24 hours for over 13 days. (Half a year, every other day.)
- 158,185 total calories burned-That’s 427 slices of pizza.
- 6 challenges finished-winning 19 awards along the way.
I biked every other day in 2017 minus a few weeks of non-riding due to illness or being out of town but I hung in there and am in great shape due to it. I’m proud of myself it was a lot of hard work!
Plenty of times I didn’t want to ride. I almost always ride alone and without a bike carrier so I always bike the same 30+ miles every week. Motivation is my biggest problem. I wish I had a secret to overcoming a lack of motivation but the only way I know of is to try harder.
Overcoming Bad Motivation/Moods
- treat yourself to something nice after your hard work (not food)
- have a time of day for your workout and stick to it
- eat breakfast before a morning workout
- hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during and after
- think about how good this is for you and pat yourself on the back
- practice a positive pre-ride mindset/ meditation-clear your mind
- smile at others and let the scenery take you away
- be thankful that you can workout and do what many cannot
If all else fails do the mental work and try again. A half hour into my ride I almost always feel better. If your motivation is low don’t beat yourself up about it. Pick yourself up and start again. Never workout when you’re sick or have a fever and everyone needs a day off from exercise at times.
For most people, the number one reason many fail New Years (or other) resolutions about exercise is motivation. It took you a long time to get out of shape so it will take some time to get back into it. The more positive and realistic you are about your goals the better you’ll do.
- the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
There’s no way I could have done what I did last year without learning how to deal with my lack of motivation. Most of the time this was linked to my moods or the weather. This winter I’m having a problem with the weather. It doesn’t snow or freeze much in my area of California but if it’s a cold day I can balk.
In reality, it’s barely below 40 degrees and adding gloves, head covering and a coat solves that. It’s not too cold to ride but I “feel” like it is and if I don’t challenge that in my mind I probably won’t go. In moments like this, I decide to put on my “big girl boots” and do it anyway. I’m always glad I did.
For every good reason to go work out, there are probably 3 reasons why you won’t. Motivation really is mind over matter which is why so many people fall short of their goals. The real culprit is moods we can’t give in to them. The good news is once you get into better shape you’ll feel better which will put you in a better mood. You’ll find your moods are more even and might find yourself happier.
I’m much happier going into 2018 and I know it’s because of my love of biking. So many positive things have happened to me surrounding it besides the good health and other benefits for someone my age. I’m a more confident, comfortable person all around and planning to keep it up. And yes, I’m damn proud of myself!
Put Your Bad Motivation On Permanent Vacation For 2018