Sorry if this is going to be a little long winded but I need some guidence.
Since lurking then posting here on BF, alot of the posters on here have taught me that despite ailments, size, or motivation, age is just a number.
Yesterday despite gusts up to 60mph here is New Jersey my uncle was up from the south for a visit an we were riding no matter what. Now my Uncle has not only been a father figure to me at times in my life, but a role model as well. Much like many of you here, with a bike and a little bit of hope and motivation he was able to turn his life around and has been extrodinarily succesful and happy ever since. Yesterdays ride started slow, legs churning, battling against the wind, but after alot of work, we started to have fun racing back and forth, we wound up riding a good 50 miles, and as per tradition the ride ended at the bar half a mile from my house. It was there I had the most upsetting conversation with him in my life.
No he's not sick, dying, or suffering from any severly painful ailment. In two months he's turning 51 and he feels that he's had ten good years or riding seriously, competeing in iron man competitions and triathalons,and bike races and he was primarily hanging up the bike. "It's a young mans sport" and its just to hard to find the motivation anymore.
Now I know theres plenty of people around here around that age my question is is:
Whats you're motivation and more over any ideas of what I could say to him to keep him hanging in there? I understand at the end of the day a bikes a bike and life will go on, though I know cycling is something that he really enjoys, and I'd hate to see him lose that.