The last few weeks I’ve struggled both on and off the bike. I was in one of those down periods that we all experience from time-to-time and it was affecting my riding more than anything. Prior to this week my weekly riding mileage was on the decline with totals of 58, 45, and 35 over the last three weeks.

I knew I needed to ride more but was struggling to get out of bed in the morning to get it done. It seemed like I was tired each morning or was just too lazy to get my butt out of bed and get it done. It was becoming too easy to just try and get one or two weekday rides plus the Saturday group ride. I was in a downward spiral and I knew it.

This past weekend I got my weekly email from my nutritionist Kelli. I explained to her what was going on and she had this to say:

Sometimes, you have to force motivation by just taking action.

She had other things to say but that sentence really hit me. I was struggling to find the motivation to get going again. I was trying to find it but couldn’t. After reading the sentence above it made perfect sense. I just needed to take action to get started again. No detailed training plan, no motivational video, no pep talk.

Just ride.

So that’s what I did this week. I made a commitment to ride 100 total miles for the week.

Tuesday through Friday I rolled out of bed, got kitted up and rode. No worrying about what interval set I was going to do. No worrying about what time I got done.

Just ride.

I put in about 21 miles each morning before work this week. Tuesday and Wednesday weren’t great. Thursday was better. This morning was awesome!

It felt so good to get in the 85 miles I have as of this morning. Tomorrow’s group ride will put me over the 100 mile mark for the week. I’m hoping meeting this short-term goal will help kick start my training again.

Are you struggling to get your riding done? Having a hard time following the eating plan? If so, maybe you need to just take action.

Just ride.

PhotoC: Gorka Montiel