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Mikey
03-16-2012, 10:06 AM
My 25 mile commute gives me some time to think to myself. As I was comming in on the W&OD this motivating thought came to me, and sustained me for the remainder of my ride:

"A one horsepower engine soulds pretty weak, until you realize that you are the horse."

What motivating thoughts have you come up with?

baiskeli
03-16-2012, 10:45 AM
My 25 mile commute gives me some time to think to myself. As I was comming in on the W&OD this motivating thought came to me, and sustained me for the remainder of my ride:

"A one horsepower engine soulds pretty weak, until you realize that you are the horse."

What motivating thoughts have you come up with?

Nice. I like it.

My only motivating thought lately has been "you're going to be late for work."

DaveK
03-16-2012, 10:51 AM
"well, I'm too far to turn around"

Tim Kelley
03-16-2012, 11:04 AM
"A one horsepower engine soulds pretty weak, until you realize that you are the horse."

I recently learned than one horsepower is 745 watts. And when I think about it in those terms, then I realized just how strong one horsepower is!

rcannon100
03-16-2012, 12:26 PM
What motivating thoughts have you come up with?

Endorphins! :cool:

WillStewart
03-16-2012, 12:38 PM
Former President Bush in his 2006 State of the Union Address (and in subsequent communications) said "America is addicted to oil".

The energy crisis outlined in the 2010 Joint Operating Environment report (http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2010/JOE_2010_o.pdf) from the US Joint Forces Command states;

"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day," says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.

It adds: "While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious economic impact on both China and India."

The Joint Operating Environment report paints a bleak picture of what can happen on occasions when there is serious economic upheaval. "One should not forget that the Great Depression spawned a number of totalitarian regimes that sought economic prosperity for their nations by ruthless conquest," it points out.

RESTONTODC
03-16-2012, 12:55 PM
Congestion traffics on I-66 or gridlocks in DC.

I know I'm selfish sometimes but I feel better when I travel faster than the cars.

CCrew
03-16-2012, 01:38 PM
It's not so much motivation for me as a routine. I'm old. I like my routines :)

I play games like dodge-a-deer. I'm happy on the days I win!

mrkenny83
03-16-2012, 01:52 PM
All the fine looking men&women on the trails are motivation enough for me!

YES i'm talking about you!

acc
03-16-2012, 02:16 PM
Being able to ride into areas I can't see from the road.

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The sense of accomplishment when I survive another adventure in traffic.
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The chance to come out and ride in events like VASA.
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baiskeli
03-16-2012, 02:21 PM
Former President Bush in his 2006 State of the Union Address (and in subsequent communications) said "America is addicted to oil".

The energy crisis outlined in the 2010 Joint Operating Environment report (http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2010/JOE_2010_o.pdf) from the US Joint Forces Command states;

"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day," says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.

It adds: "While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious economic impact on both China and India."

The Joint Operating Environment report paints a bleak picture of what can happen on occasions when there is serious economic upheaval. "One should not forget that the Great Depression spawned a number of totalitarian regimes that sought economic prosperity for their nations by ruthless conquest," it points out.

That's too long to chant over and over while attacking a steep hill though.

baiskeli
03-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Congestion traffics on I-66 or gridlocks in DC.

I know I'm selfish sometimes but I feel better when I travel faster than the cars.

Riding past cars is always the most fun part of my commute.

vvill
03-16-2012, 04:02 PM
Recently (since I got a Garmin and HRM) it's been Strava. I don't even really think about vehicles and passing them, mostly just what route I'm going to go. Normally it is just "I'm going to be late for work".

off2ride
03-16-2012, 07:23 PM
NOT sitting in bumper to bumper traffic is my motivation to ride.

Mikey
04-17-2012, 09:38 AM
Today's bit of motivation. While riding down the W&OD in Falls Church, I was thinking,

"I do not wish to be associated with a bike that does not go fast, for I intend to pedal into harms way!"

Guess I had my sea-legs on.

aflapr
04-17-2012, 09:43 AM
Today's bit of motivation. While riding down the W&OD in Falls Church, I was thinking,

"I do not wish to be associated with a bike that does not go fast, for I intend to pedal into harms way!"

Guess I had my sea-legs on.

Yaaaargh!

pfunkallstar
04-17-2012, 09:47 AM
My main motivator is a fear of being surrounded by people, "If I don't ride my bike I will be forced to ride metro, on which I will smell a melange of 17 different perfumes, have two umbrellas jammed in my ribs, and have to stare at angry people for 45 minutes."