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Staying Motivated and Setting Goals

I’ll be the first person to say that it can be very difficult to stay motivated, especially with training, 100% of the time. During any training/racing season, cyclists may sometimes find themselves getting into “slumps.” By slumps, I mean that feeling where you’re mentally blocked from wanting to get on the bike. This is completely different from being physically exhausted from training, where a rest is usually beneficial.

In my experience, when I find myself losing motivation I just have to force myself to get on the bike. The first time I let myself take an unnecessary day off, more than half the time I end up taking several more days off. The other problem is that when I do get on the bike, it’s difficult to want to get in a nice long ride. In a sport that requires serious training, whether it’s base miles or intensity, getting in the proper training is so important.

In my opinion, the best way to combat this problem and to keep the motivation coming is to set goals for yourself. In working with Michael Cooper, one thing that I’ve learned is the immense importance of setting goals for myself. Without having a goal in mind, what are you working towards? By setting goals, and following the steps it takes to achieve them, this allows you not only to improve and have some structure in your training, but it keeps you MOTIVATED. Having something you’re working towards and seeing yourself getting better gives you that willpower to want to keep going.

If there’s one message I want to get out, its that if you don’t have any goals, MAKE THEM! In cycling, anyone can make a list of goals for themselves. Whether you race or not, having goals is so important and easy to do! Your goals don’t just have to be along the lines of winning your next few races, or all of them for that matter. Instead, also have short term goals such as with your training. For the month of July, one of my goals may be to do (x) number of 100+ milers. For this next week, one of my goals may simply be to beat my dad in all the sprints (just kidding). Overall, no matter what level you’re riding at, set a goal. Even if you’re just starting out, maybe your goal for the next week is to finish a particular ride, it can be anything!

See you out there.


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