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Bike (USA) - - Contents - BY NI­COLE FORMOSA

MO­TI­VA­TION IS A FICKLE BEAST. When it’s present, any­thing’s pos­si­ble. Dawn pa­trols, mid-day jaunts, night rides, all­day week­end mis­sions—time on the bike seems to some­how fit per­fectly into our com­pli­cated, over-com­mit­ted sched­ules and the days fly by in a bliss­ful blur of dirt.

But when in­spi­ra­tion fades, even suit­ing up for the sim­plest of rides can seem like an in­sur­mount­able task, lead­ing to a spi­ral of in­ac­tiv­ity that can take weeks, or months, of men­tal an­guish to break. In fact, many of the let­ters we get from you, our read­ers, re­count grat­i­tude in fi­nally rid­ing again af­ter years of be­ing off the bike due to lapses that started in­ad­ver­tently with an in­jury, fam­ily com­mit­ments or work de­mands.

Maybe that’s why we’re all so drawn to sto­ries of peo­ple who suc­ceed when ev­ery­thing is stacked against them—if it’s dif­fi­cult to find mo­ti­va­tion even when

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