Motivation. When it seems to be going a bit downhill…

Beating the winter blues and taking on new challenges when it’s cold is never easy. Finding the willpower to put down that warm cup of hot chocolate and leap head first into the elements, is something that most of us struggle with until the warmer days set back in.

We get it, you lack motivation.

So to give you that drive when you need it most, here are some inspiring words from one of our top Kitvision ambassadors and bike-obsessed patrons, Carly Forward.

Don’t worry, it’s all downhill from here…

I love bikes. When I am not on my bike, I think about being on my bike. I watch videos of other people on their bikes, and my social media is jam-packed with people who ride bikes. But despite all this, there are times when the winter blues still kick in for me, and the motivation dwindles.

I know that some days you feel like you could take on the world. Other days, no matter how many MTB videos you watch, or like buttons you hit on insta, you still can’t seem to locate your “get up and go”.

After another cracking day at one of my local riding spots, I started thinking: What was it that got me out of bed on that frosty morning? What motivated me to put the coffee pot on, layer up, and go for a spin on my bike?

I couldn’t pinpoint one thing, and if truth be told it varies each time. Some days, I just want to be outside in the fresh air and get away from it all. Other times, I can’t wait to see my riding buds, or take the dog out and watch him rail berms better than any rider I know. Other days I might have a feature I have been eyeing up, and I wake up feeling like today is the day I finally send it.

 

So here is a little list of suggestions that I use to help keep my motivation up…

  • Set dates. Planning a riding date with my buddies always helps in a motivation lull. It gives me something to look forward to, a reason to get the bike prepped and kit sorted. And you know that no matter what the weather, shreds are going to happen!
  • Set achievable goals. Winter riding takes some adjustment. Is there a particularly muddy steep corner you would love to feel confident hitting? When did you last do a real distance ride?
  • Enter an event. You don’t have to be a born racer to enjoy an organised event. If downhill isn’t your thing, there are Enduro Races, XC Events, and if you really don’t want to race against the clock, there are a great network of organised group rides at various locations and for all abilities.
  • I find this can be anything from sitting down with a relaxing beer or a slice of cake after a ride, to having a shiny new bit of kit in mind that I will treat myself to after I have cleared THAT jump.
  • I am lucky to have a great network of riding buddies. The group chat that I have with my riding buds allows us to all support and encourage each other in all aspects of life, regardless of the distance between us. Set one up, keep it friendly and feel the love!
  • Somewhere new. The excitement and nervous feeling I get when I am going somewhere new, although scary, is a great buzz and helps to keep the motivation high.
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune to make sure you are well prepared. Some thermal layers and water proof socks can make all the difference.
  • Be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that some days, you just are not feeling it, and that is ok. You don’t have to have a reason, you don’t have to justify, you just need to be kind to yourself.

These are just some ideas of mine, by no means based on any science! Just the voicing of a girl who loves her bike and knows that sometimes the struggle is real!

 

Happy shredding!

Carly Forward, Kitvision Ambassador