have written about motivation to ride previously. Apparently it was back when I first had this blog and decided to end it and deleted it as I can’t find the article I wrote previously. So here I am writing about this subject again. I am doing so because I find myself struggling with motivation thru the winter months in particular. Here in northern Indiana where I live winter gets bad enough that I don’t try to ride outdoors. Even if I were to attempt it the trail where I ride is usually closed due to the results of flooding with mud and all sorts of debris on the trail including large trees. Then there is snow on the trail which I can’t ride thru anyway. It is a lost cause.

Consequently, each winter I make the decision to bring my trike inside the house and set it up on an indoor trainer so I can pedal away indoors out of the weather and the concern of these things I speak of. That is fine and dandy, but there is one problem … motivation, or should I say the lack of it. I have to force myself to do it and it is all too easy to talk myself out of it, make excuses as to why I don’t, etc. I am sure others struggle with motivation as well. I have never liked indoor exercise of any sort so I am just not motivated to do it.

I got to thinking about the subject of motivation and what it takes to motivate people. The thought came to me about the donkey with the carrot hanging on a stick in front of him. The carrot in front of him motivates him to try moving forward in an attempt to get the carrot. And the scenario got me to thinking about what different things motivate people … what else might hang on that string out in front of us to motivate us onward trying to reach it. That got me to messing around some more with playing with photo editing.

motivation on a stick

What motivates one person might not motivate another person and visa versa. And then there all too often is the reality that nothing motivates us to do certain things. Yeah, I know, getting needed exercise and helping keep ourselves in better physical shape should be enough to motivate us. Hmmm, something about the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

The bottom line to all of this is that I would be far better off just going to my trike and sitting down on it to start pedaling rather than spend time fooling around with this nonsense.  And I do plan on doing some of it in just a few minutes even though I am not motivated any whatsoever.

C’mon Spring! I want to get back out there and …


At least riding outdoors sometimes I find myself a bit more motivated …

(like seeing this in my mirror)

angry dog

motivation for pedaling 2

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (

2 thoughts on “MOTIVATION TO RIDE”

  1. A rather great photo of yourself nonetheless, That must have been one of your better rides chasing the carrot..!

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