How I learned to stay motivated through winter
Every year I hope that I will suddenly have changed and become one of those weather defiant bikers with insane levels of stoke for winter riding. So far, it hasn’t happened. I haven’t changed. It’s not that I don’t like slip-n’-sliding down muddy trails - that part is awesome - but it is every thing around it: being cold to the bone, being soaked right through, not feeling my hands, or toes, and the whole cleaning up process of bikes and kit in the dark after every ride. Let’s not even talk about dragging wet bikes into the house and leaving a trail of mud from the door to the shower. I wish I didn’t care, but I do.
So this year, I decided to do things differently. To tackle my lack of winter motivation from another angle. I needed something new, but still two-wheel related and so I decided to pick up two new riding disciplines - gravel and skatepark riding. Turns out, that skinny wheels and scary skatepark moves was all I needed to get my motivation back on track. Now I don’t only ride more than I ever have during any winter, I even long to get out on my mountain bike. How about that.