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