On this edition, we explore the mental challenges that bikepackers and touring cyclists face during their journeys, and some tips on how to handle them.
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The mental side of bikepacking and bike touring
Exploring the mental challenges that bikepackers and touring cyclists face during their journeys.
I am not a mental health professional – these are tips from my experiences. Work with a therapist or other mental health professional for deeper connection on these issues!
Mental stamina is possibly more important than physical ability when it comes to long-distance cycling adventures.
The Psychological Side of Bikepacking and Bike Touring
Mental and emotional aspects of bikepacking and touring
highs and lows of the journey
loneliness and isolation
Setbacks and adversity
Post adventure depression
Loneliness and Isolation
If this is an issue, consider group adventures
If you encounter this, find ways to connect but know that can sometimes reinforce the feelings after a call, etc.
Find ways to deflect – focus on what’s around, be present… or connect with what grounds you (work on the bike, listen to music or podcasts)
Dealing with Setbacks and Adversity
maintaining a positive mindset and resilience in the face of adversity
mindfulness, positive self-talk, and visualization in maintaining mental stamina.
Finding Inspiration and Joy – scenery, encounters with locals, and personal growth
The power of gratitude and staying present to enhance the touring experience
Post adventure depression
Readjusting to normal life after long tours is challenging
Give yourself some buffer time rather than just jump back in
As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.
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