Not everyone will understand this post. Some people love long rides, taking in the views, seeing the world in a whole different light from the seat of a bicycle. Most of the time that’s true, but sometimes on a long solo jaunt, I find myself getting awfully tempted to take a sneaky short-cut and turn back early due to a nasty bout of boredom on the bike.
This temptation becomes even stronger when the rain is falling and the wind is blowing – quite a conundrum considering this is supposed to be summer, and are usually where we should be making use of the longer days.
If you struggle with long ride motivation, here are just a few ways to keep you from getting bored and considering a premature about turn…
Plan a proper route
Motivational outages are most common when you don’t have any particular destination. If you know your local area pretty well, it’s easy just to set out with no exact route configured – the only real plan being to see where your heart and wheels take you. The problem is that with no specific route planned, it’s easy to decide your heart and wheels should take you back home!
Before you set out, be clear with yourself where you’re going to go – and if you’ve got a cycling computer or smartphone with mapping capabilities, get your route uploaded and ready to follow.