I’m having complicated feelings about my bikes lately. After years of training and racing (tapering off a bit last year, but I still did lots of gravel rides and a huge 200-mile event), I find myself without a tribe and without motivation to ride other than to commute. I’m in a weird place where beginner friendly rides are not appealing because I have limited time and don’t want to spend 2 hours of a 3 hour ride stopped on the side of the road, and non-beginner friendly rides are generally too fast. I don’t want to have to do serious interval training just so I can hang on a “casual” group ride.
All this means that my recreational riding has dropped way off, and I feel slow and out of shape. I figure I can’t be the first person here to have faced this kind of dilemma. Tarck, how have you gotten back into riding when you’ve stepped away for whatever reason?