It’s not easy to continue riding as the evenings grow darker and the weather starts to get cold and wet. There’s no easy fix but there are a few things you can do to help motivate you to get out on the open road!

1. A good breakfast is essential

This may be a no brainer for many, but some of you will be sitting there thinking ‘You’re right, I don’t even have breakfast!’. Regardless of conditions, it’s important to supply your body with the energy it needs to complete the tasks ahead. No energy- no tasks. Make time to prepare a hearty breakfast that will give you a good source of energy when you head out!

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2. Organise rides with others

When your alarm goes off in the morning, it’s easy to continue hitting snooze every 15 minutes when it’s only you heading out- you want to sleep in, no one’s waiting for you… Flip this on its head and there’s an urgency to get up and meet the others at the organised time and place.

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3. Set yourself a distance challenge

It’s one of my key ways to keep myself motivated from October through to February, setting myself a realistic weekly mileage target. You can tailor yours, depending on your commute or roughly how many miles you cover on a weekend, but it gives you the motivation to work towards that particular goal.

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4. Mix it up

It doesn’t always have to be about the road. Why not mix it up with some cross riding or mountain biking over the weekend? Changing your style of riding can keep the motivation levels up!

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5. "Early to bed, early to rise..."

Not always the easiest task to fulfil but getting an early night and waking up that little bit earlier means you’ll get a good night’s sleep and feel full of energy when you wake up the following morning. Chances are, you’ll be getting up before sunrise so you’ll be greeted with beautiful views as the morning progresses!

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