Tagged: cycling withdrawl
January 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm #254756
Where I live everthing is mud, slush, or ice and has been for a few weeks. The storms keep coming. The paved roads, the gravel roads, the singletrack all unridable. Not enough snow for Fatbiking. No Road, Gravel, Fat or Mountain bike riding! I’m about to go crazy. Is there a 10 step program for cycling withdrawal, seasonal affective disorder, and cabin fever.
I have multiple symptoms. My bikes are getting dusty. The tires going soft. I hope the chains don’t rust. I’m getting fat. But my legs are getting skinny. In turning pale. I can’t breathe! I’m suffering a terrible loss. Help! How do you handle cycling withdrawal?
January 16, 2019 at 3:40 pm #254757
I tried to think of something, but everything I could come up with is lame. There really is no substitute for getting out on the trail and riding.
January 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm #254769
Withdrawal is not easy to cope with, including for your significant other. I know I am getting into withdrawal when my wife interrupts me standing quietly and staring out the window for long periods of time.
January 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm #254792
Trackstand, front wheel pivots, rear wheel pivots, keep both brakes locked and hop rotations until you make it around 360 (in multiple small hops). Roll a few feet, lock both brakes, and see how many endos/wheelies you can seesaw back and forth on. Basically learn to ride trials. Hopefully you have a dry garage or plowed parking lot to practice in. Even if this is not your idea of fun on a bike, not riding sucks worse and these skills could lead to cleaning sections you couldn’t ride before once you can get back on a techy trail.
January 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm #254804
Not very well. I go to a martial arts class twice a week, so I’m still getting some exercise. I have small loop of trails in the woods in my backyard, so sometimes I ride those a bit. I hate stationary exercise (stationary bike, rowing machine, lifting weights, etc.) so I don’t really do much of that. Even if trail conditions aren’t good enough to ride, they might be good enough to hike. I usually feel better if I just get out for a short hike or walk. If the weather is too bad for even that, I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe try going to a karate class, you might like it.
January 16, 2019 at 9:53 pm #254805
Easy, drive to Moab or to the mountains where there IS enough snow for fat biking! Sorry, I’m a bit spoiled living in Utah…
I used to get through the dark days of winter either by planning extensive upgrades or full tear-down overhauls. Winter is also a good time to get in some cross -training or other fitness pursuits, I usually double or triple my yoga routine to help build and maintain core and support muscle strength and increase flexibility.
January 18, 2019 at 3:30 pm #254969
What area do you live in? If you live close to Canadian border we have plenty of snow and trails right now. Come for a week or more and ride some snowy trails.
January 19, 2019 at 2:45 am #255003
On MTB withdrawal: My solution required a mountain of privilege and my own rootless character. I lived in Portland, Oregon, for 15 years, where the only singletrack is a minimum 1+hr drive away, and if it isn’t July or August, it is raining. I drove to trails 2-3 times a week, save the snowy month, deeply depressed in the cold and soaked gray. I asked this question you are asking of my friends often. They mostly had similar sentiments and rode indoor trainers or road bikes 6 months out of the year.
Fully fed up with it, I made a loose two-year plan to save cash and move someplace where I can enjoy riding year round. I slowly convinced all the people around me that this was a good idea. Now I ride singletrack from my doorstep six days a week, and I feel fortunate that my family made sacrifices to give me this massive mental and physical health gift.
January 19, 2019 at 8:48 am #255020
January 20, 2019 at 12:38 am #255042
I concur with Brian. If possible, make the decision to get out of Dodge and move to where you can ride year round. You will not regret it.
January 20, 2019 at 11:03 am #255052
Can’t imagine not riding for multiple weeks to a whole season. I get stir crazy if I go a week. Like others said, if possible move to where you can always ride. I live in CA and ride none stop Year round. When it’s wet just have to limit yourself to trails where redwood trees are. That dirt stays primo, even when wet, and if you get a day of sun they turn into super sticky dirt. Otherwise, practice tech skills like SKeen said or force yourself onto a trainer in the garage.
January 21, 2019 at 11:11 am #255131
After nearly a month of continuous storms, the paved roads have at least melted off and dried out. Yesterday, I got my first ride in all that time. While I would have preferred some singletrack, road riding was all I got. It’s disappointing how fast I lost my fitness. I had no spin. I was pedalling squares. I never felt like I could find the right gear. Even easy climbs felt difficult. My butt and my knees ached. My hands went numb. My back was tight. I was gloriously miserable the whole time. However, I woke up this morning almost feeling like my old self. It might take a few rides but I’m coming back. But wait! Another storm is predicted for tonight?
January 22, 2019 at 7:33 am #255205
Hey Nerd. I totally agree. I hate how easy it is in mountain biking to lose one’s conditioning. Having started biking in Mongolia where the winters are truly too brutal to ride, it was the norm to be off the bike for up to four months. Every March was a restart. Painful. Having moved back to CO last summer, this is only the second winter I’ve been able to ride through the winter. Soooo nice. I’m actually building a base this winter (on trails) for the upcoming riding “season”. Feeling very fortunate and spoiled indeed.
January 22, 2019 at 7:41 am #255206
My greatest inspiration to ride, whether in withdrawal or in the middle of a great riding period is the Destination Trail Canada video. We’re planning the float plane trip in the Chilcotins in 2020. Can’t wait. If you haven’t seen the vid, here’s the link. Enjoy. No. Savor.
The Chilcotin riding remains me so much of the riding in Mongolia; it’s just bigger. But then again, the trails themselves in Mongolia are more pristine.
January 24, 2019 at 12:34 am #255455
Get yourself a Fat-Bike, slap on some fenders and studded tires and enjoy that mess. Beats a gym any day. Put some beers in the frame bag and make it a day.
January 24, 2019 at 9:20 am #255459
I know I’ve posted this elsewhere, but I’ll say it again. I used to wonder how people dealt with not being able to ride year ’round. Living in Texas, year ’round riding is normal. Until this last year. We’ve had so much rain that most all of the trails in North Texas have been closed since the end of July, early August. IT SUCKS! It’s not normal. We’re not just dealing with perpetually muddy trails. Some of our most popular trails are literally under feet of water. I’m beginning to see indigenous plants and trees starting to rot. Speaking of rotting, I think I’m starting to rot too!
So, how do I handle cycling withdrawal? Not very dang well.
January 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm #255534
January 26, 2019 at 11:00 am #255651
@ texmex, Thanks for the humor! I think you captured the feeling perfectly.
January 24, 2019 at 5:11 pm #255554
Picking up a winter sport (snowboarding) has been helpful for me, and I can at least look forward to getting out once a week. My winters before I started were a lot more dull. More time in the gym and more yoga is helpful, but there is an adjustment period when you realize it’s going to be a while before you ride again. I like the idea or riding year round, but I also feel a deeper appreciation for riding when March and April come around again and bike time gets more regular. The best option for me in the next few weeks will be riding the road bike on the road or bike path if neither are too icy, or trying to fit in at the skate park on a BMX without embarrassing myself too much. Sigh…
January 26, 2019 at 11:04 am #255652
Hiking. Yesterday was 5 weeks since my last ride.
January 26, 2019 at 11:07 am #255653
OK I have reached my breaking point. The ground is a bit soft the temperature is 22 but, screw it, I am going out on my bike today. It can’t be any worse than the misery of not riding.
January 27, 2019 at 3:38 pm #255693
Besides working out 3x per week to stay fit TO ride and feel good I find myself Youtubing just about every single MTB video that I can. It helps just a little….repeat…a little.
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