Riding a bike is fun. If it weren’t, kids wouldn’t do it. So why do adult cyclists frequently suffer burnout? I think it’s got a lot to do with poor goal-setting, and the work we undertake in order to meet our self-imposed expectations.
Like I wrote earlier, it’s important to have meaningful goals, and to work hard towards them. But come on – nobody reading this is making a living racing their bike. It’s our hobby, so if it’s not fun, what’s the point?
With this in mind, here’s a list of ways I’ve found to make riding fun. If you’ve got more, leave a comment.
- Ride with someone you care about. Go at a pace that’s comfortable for them.
- Ride a bike that forces you to go slowly – a cruiser, a clunker, or whatever’s available.
- Ride somewhere new. (Find a route on MapMyRide.com.)
- Ride to an interesting destination.
- Bring a camera and take pictures during a ride.
- Leave your computer/power meter/GPS device at home.
- Ride farther than you’ve ever ridden before.
- Do spontaneous intervals of indeterminate duration and intensity. Just enjoy going fast.
- Go to a race and just spectate. You’ll remember how much fun it is to be in the action.
- Go on a night ride.
- Ride a route you haven’t done in a long time.
- Ride to work.
- Ride in the rain.
- Try a different type of riding – road, MTB, BMX, cyclocross, time trial, touring, track, whatever. Just don’t start running and swimming. That’s a slippery slope…