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Expert advice: How to find your cycling motivation by Hannah Barnes

January 12, 2016
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Irrespective of what kind of rider you are, motivation is the same for all of us. It waxes and wanes like the moon, however, there are a few tricks you can muster to keep that motivation with you when it feels like it’s hiding behind a big cloud. Hannah Barnes, who races for Canyon/SRAM and is an ambassador for Bikmo, shares her tips for staying motivated.

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Hannah Barnes: “I ride because I love it. Going out on your own mini adventure everyday, trying out new roads, new climbs or even a new cafe. My Dad has always said ‘bike riding is fast enough to get you somewhere, but slow enough to see everything’, which is absolutely true”.

1. Have a goal

If you don’t have a goal right now, think about what that goal could be. Whether it’s setting a certain distance to ride, competing in a race or sportive, a climb you’d like to conquer or maybe a weight you’d like to achieve. I think I speak for most cyclists when I say everyone has a reason why they ride, and having that goal in mind will inspire you to get riding in the moments you might feel slightly sluggish.

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2. Ride with friends

Just as it was when we were kids, doing things with friends is always so much more fun than doing it alone. Just like I do with teammates or friends, heading out for a long stint won’t feel as gruelling, or as long either for that matter if you do some with pals. If none of your friends ride, it’s easy enough to find someone who does.

You can join a local bike club or visit your local bike shop and enquire about group rides in the area. Once you’re part of a cycling network, you’ll find plenty of like-minded people to ride with.

3. Shout about it

If you’ve got a ride, race or sportive planned, shout about it from the rooftops, as the more people who are aware of your commitment, the harder it will be to back out. Also, the more times you make such a statement, the more of a creature of you’ll become in making and smashing your cycling goals.

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4. Do morning workouts

This may mean leaving the comfort and warmth of your bed in the early mornings which I can completely appreciate is anything but easy. Even if you are a morning person, it’s not easy to spring out of bed in the morning, however, there are tricks you can pull out to get your ride in. Place your cycling kit within clear sight so it’s one of the first things you see in the morning. Also, prepare your bidon (drink bottle) in the fridge so you’re all set to go once your kit is on.

Riding in the morning will not only fill you with energy for the day, but you’ll feel a great sense of achievement at what you’ve already done before most have even reached for the snooze button.

5. Get a coach

Although I love to ride, it does help when you have a second voice telling you it’s time to get out and put the structured training regime to practice. A professional coach has the ability to tailor a plan specifically to your fitness level, and will help you to achieve the end goal. Also, the last thing you want is to give a negative report back to your coach if you haven’t kept your focus or done the required training. I’m lucky that a lot of my training is done with my team mates or alone, but I do have coach who helps me achieve my peak targets.

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Bikmo interviewed Hannah Barnes to discover what motivates her to get out riding as part of their New Year, Old You campaign: bikmoplus.com/blog

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