Could it be that cycling and the psychological strain of always looking for moments to train and trying to train faster and faster has added to my physical burnout? Could it be that the hallowed activity that I have held up as the key to my health has done me harm. Has anyone else ever totally burnt out from cycling and turned their backs on it?
What I am thinking of doing (much to the horror of my "cycling" side) is quitting the road for a few months, maybe even an entire season. Somehow after 15 years of serious cycling, walking and swimming seem like they might be more fun. Like cycling is too fast and reflective of my busy day in its pace and aggression, maybe taking a silent walk would be better for me than a 10 mile time trial. Though somehow it also feels like splitting up with someone I love!
Has anyone else had a crisis of faith like this? Because surely it is a sort of faith that keeps us on the roads. I mean at times late at night the fear of a serious cycling accident can make one think of never getting on a bike again! Anyhow, It would be good to hear other people’s stories. I am especially interested to hear from people who have quit cycling for a while then returned maybe months or years later. Do they feel better for the time off, or are they upset at time wasted. I also have a big fear that even if I keep myself at a high level of fitness with other activities, I will get on my bike and find myself useless.