No Time to Ride? Tips to Making More Motorcycling “Me Time”
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Sometimes we don’t have the time or often the motivation to get out and enjoy a ride our motorcycle as much as we’d liked to. It could be the case of hectic schedules; too many tasks and quite simply the juggling of busy full lives. And then when we’ve got the time, the weather may not cooperate. It can be difficult to find that much desired – motorcycling me time!
We all have obligations and responsibilities, which need to be seen to, but when you’re busy something just has to give. And even when you’ve found the time to enjoy a ride, you’re so beat that you can’t find the motivation to get out there. When you have time, you often really just want to do nothing.
There are two issues here: one is the time constraints and the other is motivation. Sometimes being short of time leaves you tired, frazzled and simply lacking the energy to get the gear on, get the bike out and take off for a few hours on your bike. And that can lead to a lack of motivation.
Here are some suggestions that may help:
- Schedule into your calendar the rides you would like to get done in a week, then prioritize the time by colour coding the various rides. Use the three traffic colours, red, green and amber/yellow. Make this plan on a Sunday night as you view the week the ahead.
Tuesday: Ride to local scenic park – coded green for most important
Wednesday: Bike night meet up – colour coded red for least important colour
Thursday: Evening coffee and dessert meetup with friends – colour coded yellow for less important
Saturday: Long ride – colour coded green for most important
Sunday: Backup ride – colour coded yellow for less important
…and so forth.
Once you’ve entered the rides into your calendar and colour-coded them, plan to do at least two out of the four. If time allows, you can do one of the less important rides.
- Quality Ride Time. When push comes to shove, quality ride time is always more of a preference than quantity. If a short ride outing is planned be sure you stick to the plan. Ensure minimal traffic jams (i.e. after dinner rides can often offer up less traffic congestion) plan the route and the time allotted.
- Planning and organization are key. Organization is always the key when you’re time-crunched. Get all your gear, route plan, and tank bag packed and laid out ahead of time. Just like we often have a ready gym bag for our workouts; hang your jacket/motorcycle suit in a place that’s ready to go. That way you won’t infringe on precious ride time by getting ready or deciding which ride pants to wear, etc.
- Twenty minute buffer. Allow 20 extra minutes before your scheduled ride time to allow for circumstances that come up that are beyond your control. That way you’ll be more relaxed on your allotted ride day.
- Plan Your Ride. If you live in the city, plan to go for a ride at times of the day when the roads are less busy. In fact taking off for an early sunrise ride is not only a great way to start the day, but you’ll spend less time fighting traffic and waiting for traffic lights.
- Be Honest with Your Time. Be realistic about the amount of time you have to spend on your motorcycle, and then cut the mileage by 10%. For example, if you want to go out for a 100km ride, instead do 90km, that way you’ll have achieved the goal of getting a ride done even if it’s less than what you’d like to do.
- Rain Plan. Make a promise to yourself to reschedule the time you set aside on a day it happens to rain. Plan make up the time lost due to weather.
- Buddy up. If you tend to ride on the weekends but have a more difficult time doing so during the weekdays, buddy up with a rider friend. This will make cancelling or postponing a weekday ride more difficult.
- Events and Meet-up’s Sign up! Sign up for an event well ahead of time. Committing to a goal makes it easier to stick to and get on the bike, outside of weather challenges of course.
- Join a Club. Riding solo allows you to ride when and where you like. However, riding alone can often become dull. Join a motorcycle club or team up with one or more other riders. Do at least one ride per week with a group or a few other riders. This helps you to become more accountable, and it also helps get you out of the door.
- Set Mileage Goals. Set yourself weekly goals so you stay connected to your yearly goal. For example, if you have a ride distance or seat time goal for the summer, divide these into weekly goals. Write down the rides you complete in your calendar. That way each week you’ll feel great that you’re moving towards your goal with a feeling of achievement.
- De-stress. Remember that riding your motorcycle has many other benefits outside of the fresh air and the great sensation of riding. Health, mood, and sleep all improve when you get on your motorcycle and leave the rest behind. It’s a fabulous outlet as you know.
Use the above to help you ensure the joy of motorcycling is not the activity which gets bumped when time is limited- and you get in your motorcycling me time!
Enjoy the ride.