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Sport and ex­er­cise psy­chol­o­gist Jill Owen shares tools to keep you hit­ting the road when the de­sire drops

Recog­nise The Cause

One of the most im­por­tant things is to iden­tify what is lead­ing to your de­creased mo­ti­va­tion. By iden­ti­fy­ing the mo­ti­va­tional is­sues in­volved it’s pos­si­ble to work on re­duc­ing the neg­a­tive ef­fects and build more pos­i­tive strate­gies.

Role Of The Goals

When a spe­cific goal has been a driv­ing force in mo­ti­va­tion, it’s un­der­stand­able to feel de­railed if it’s no longer pos­si­ble. Aim to cre­ate other goals, such as im­prov­ing fit­ness in a struc­tured, mea­sur­able fashion or by ex­plor­ing new routes or dif­fer­ent types of ter­rain. What­ever the new goal, cy­cling with oth­ers and mak­ing tar­gets or find­ing new ways of en­joy­ing rid­ing to­gether can in­crease the so­cial as­pect and your com­mit­ment.

Ad­dress­ing The Pit­falls

Af­ter a crash fear can be a gen­uine is­sue and a graded re­turn to cy­cling can help, for ex­am­ple first just sit­ting on the bike, then short rides in­creas­ing in in­ten­sity and length. Often af­ter a fall we au­to­mat­i­cally vi­su­alise it hap­pen­ing again, which con­sti­tutes men­tally prac­tis­ing fall­ing, and in­creases the feel­ing of like­li­hood it will hap­pen again. It’s im­por­tant to ac­tively and reg­u­larly vi­su­alise your rid­ing go­ing well in an en­joy­able and pos­i­tive man­ner so that the men­tal prac­tise is more pos­i­tive.

Rid­ing Through Re­hab

Re­turn­ing from in­jury can be a frus­trat­ing time. Even for am­a­teur cy­clists, a struc­tured re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion regime with many small tar­gets is im­por­tant, ide­ally in­clud­ing sup­port from oth­ers to avoid the feel­ing of iso­la­tion that can oc­cur dur­ing in­jury. This needs to be fo­cused but flex­i­ble ac­cord­ing to progress so dis­ap­point­ment if the plan changes doesn’t de­rail the regime.

What­ever The Weather

Get­ting out in bad weather can be dif­fi­cult for many rea­sons and back-up plans need to be con­sid­ered in ad­vance of the rain ar­riv­ing. Plan shorter but en­joy­able or goal-com­pat­i­ble routes that are pos­si­ble un­der the cir­cum­stances.

Iden­tify what is lead­ing to your de­creased mo­ti­va­tion

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