Mountain Biking Motivation

Fitness

“Dreams without goals remain dreams, just dreams, and they ultimately fuel disappointment.” Denzel Washington

5 Reasons Why People Ride

. . . and there are plenty more! It all started for me after two severe Achilles tendon injuries that effectively stopped me from hill-running and a few other sports I enjoyed. There had to be an alternative and being a positive person, it didn’t take me long to discover mountain biking. It made sense really because as a ten-year-old I used to race my mates around country lanes near my childhood home.

The thrill always made my outlook on life soar.

I couldn’t run so I bought a bike

Perhaps I should say “Bike Shaped Object” (BSO) because while it was sold as a mountain bike, it was heavy and limiting. Still, I developed some skills and created a few trails because there were none where I lived at that time. One of my dreams was to become better on the trails, I took massive action and today I am far better than those early dreams imagined. Simply put, I acted and my physical fitness and strength soared to new heights.

The Great Outdoors

Thanks to riding my bikes, I’ve visited places I didn’t expect and reached a few that many people would be unable or unwilling to try to achieve. Nature is stunning, beautiful, challenging, harsh and sometimes unforgiving to those without respect. Developing the ride skills I needed on challenging terrain helped me to not only enjoy the thrill of the ride but continue my love affair with the natural world. And, I always do what I can to protect that priceless environment.

Fit Body, Super-Fit Mind

Mountain Bike Riding is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle development, although they do help. It improves physical health, physique, keeps weight down, improves sex life, and research even shows that it can add years to your life. But they’re not the only things that motivate me.

I ride five out of every seven days and it brings a huge sense of well-being. I feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep well at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about every aspect of my life and motivated to take on more. Research also shows that it’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and more.

Community

Three out of five rides each week I ride alone. That’s when I focus on achieving specific goals like improved time on certain routes or nailing a challenging hill. Two other rides are enjoyed with my wife and other ride buddies. We share our passion, help with skills development (there’s always more to learn) and we have a lot of laughs while out on the trails. At the beginning of the summer we decided to link a few trails to cover 100 kilometers as quickly as possible. The route was challenging, gnarly and tricky in parts but the sense of achievement was outstanding.

Race-Days

Honesty time; I used to say that I’m not overly competitive where other people are involved because I’m happy to challenge myself without comparing to other people. Something changes on race-days. At the last event there was over 400 riders and from the outset, my inner-demon took over and helped me to ride harder than ever. That many like-minded people at one event is so motivating so long as I remember my personal mantra, Just Ride Hard, Ride Fair, Nobody Hurt.

Those are just five of my reasons for riding Mountain Bikes. What are yours? Why not leave your inspiring thoughts in the comments below, they may well help other people who are considering taking up this wonderful sport.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivation Through Video

Made three years ago, the following video is highly motivational. I urge you to watch it. Who knows what heights you might achieve?

Mountain Bike | Motivation 2016

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16 thoughts on “Mountain Biking Motivation

  1. Hi thanks for the post on Mountain bike riding. I think riding is a great way to see the outdoors and clear the mind as well as getting fit all at the same time. Running does put a lot of strain on your knees and ankles, where as bike riding doesn’t and is a bonus especially as you get older.

    1. Hi Marc, I know some older riders and they always have a smile on their faces even when the going gets tough. That speaks volumes. It’s interesting too how many have come from sports that require running. MTB is good for body & soul. Thanks for commenting. Best regards, Steve C

  2. Great post and you are spot on.  Right from time, I love the outdoors, I just love to explore nature and also,I’ve never lagged in keeping fit too. Hence, it becomes paramount for me to look for a way to keep fit while exploring nature. I don’t like running actually so biking presented another offer to enjoy what I’m doing

    1. Hi Rodarrick, I’m glad you’ve found your way to enjoy nature. What a difference it makes to each day. Some people see mtb as hard work, I see it as pure bliss 🙂 Thanks for your comments, Steve C

  3. I really like your heading “I couldn’t run so I bought a bike”. I think a lot of people would say they are one who “can’t run” and I must say I am one of those people. It is just not something I find enjoyable. I do, however, like to take bike rides as it can be easier depending on where you choose to ride.

    I love that you are using riding as a way to clear your mind and keep your mind in balance. This is so important and I have found myself drifting away from personal fitness and I can tell the difference my mind suffers.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Kara, My 13-year old daughter is one of those who doesn’t like to run. She does enjoy kayak, downhill mtb and skiing so she is very fit. Mind and body do suffer when we drift away from personal fitness due to life pressures and challenges. We do have to try and maintain a balance. Thank you for commenting. Steve C

  4. I started riding when I was very young. At that time, I didn’t have a computer and no games, so riding is my hobby. When I am on vacation, ride outside with friends. But I have never tried to ride a bicycle in the mountains, I think I need a good bike to start my new trip.

  5. Hello Steve!

    Riding the bike, especially on the mountains, is a very healthy habit and at the same time a beautiful one – mountains are true treasures of nature, they have clean and fresh air, and they give people the opportunity to see the world from the heights! Of course, with the condition that they be respectful. And very, very careful!

    As the mountain soil is pretty harsh, especially at higher altitudes, appropriate bikes are needed. We know there are dedicated mountain bikes; sometimes people use both this term and “terrain bike” interchangeably. Whatever, I am sure you have lots of things to see along all the kilometers you travel.

    Keep on riding the mountains, especially if you love doing it – this will keep your health high!

    Best regards,

    Peter

    1. Thank you for those wonderful comments Peter. Yes, MTB is a great habit and a very healthy one too so long as the right precautions are taken and nature is fully respected. One of the great things is the sense of achievement when reaching the top of a challenging climb and the stunning views are one of the prizes. Best regards, Steve

  6. Everyone has different reasons for doing mountain biking and for me, I just feel like it is a very good mode of expression for me and I get to go a very long distance. I get to see nature and take pictures as well. Unlike you, I do not mountain bike a lot. I infact like to do it with my sister and she’s so energetic so she makes me always want to catch up which is a good thing. Thank you for sharing your story.

    1. 🙂 Nice comments, thank you, Henderson. An energetic sister is good for you; awesome! I like that thought, my sisters are less-active but my wife can give me a good race when she’s not busy enjoying the views. Best regards, Steve C

  7. Five reasons why people ride.

    People ride for different reasons,

    Thanks for sharing with us this powerful

    Information

    couldn’t run so I bought a bike

    One of my dreams was to become better on the trails, I took massive action and today I am far better than those early dreams imagined.

    Nature is stunning, beautiful, challenging, harsh and sometimes unforgiving to those without respect
    .

    Fit Body, Super-Fit Mind

     Shows that it can add years to your life. But they’re not the only things that motivate me.

    Have sharper memories

    . We share our passion, help with skills development.

    That was a great and powerful.

  8. Hello there thanks for putting out this article I would be of good help Right from time, I love the outdoors, I just love to explore nature also I love that you are using riding as a way to clear your mind and keep your mind in balance,thanks for helping us out because through this article I have understood more things about riding.

    1. Hi David, Thank you for commenting and I’m pleased the post has helped you to gain more understanding about riding. Best regards, Steve C

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