I'm 54, and realized after riding around some local trails, with a friend of 31, that he was riding thru sections which I would have in the past, but now find myself walking. One particular section as a steep incline, with a banked dirt edge, rocky bottom, which led into a rocky, dried-up stream bed, then a bank up the other side. He rode down, and across. I walked down (just couldn't imagine the consequences of falling on those rocks if slipped off the dirt embankment). I did ride across the stream bed and up the other side. Kind of bothers me that I'm skipping the more technically challenging sections these days, but I guess better out on the trail, riding most, than none at all. Anyone else finding themselves more cautious these days?
6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
All depends on the group I'm with. There is not a trail that I have done before that I baulk at nowadays. In fact, if the rest of the group show any hesitation, I take it faster, and neater, just to show them that that the old un can still do it. Mind you as soon as we get to the technical uphills, I find that I save my energy for the more technical bits, and save myself wherever I can. I may be slower than I used to be, but I can still do it. I may be 58 and I may be slowing down, but I do enjoy showing the 30 year olds how to do it occasionally.
See my posting on "Gentle Cycling" and I may be starting to slow down a bit as I really enjoyed that slower less technical ride.
Maybe your brains have come in. I feel like I COULD still do most of the technical sections I did 15 years ago, but there's a risk-reward consideration: If I try and fall, it takes me three weeks to heal these days. If I get off and walk, I can spend the next three weeks riding, so I come out ahead in the long run. I'm reluctantly and grudgingly admitting that a 60-year-old may not be able to do everything he did in his 30s.
Even when I was younger and more foolish (I raced motocross for a while) I found my "fear" reflex was connected directly to my throttle hand.
When some young whippersnapper told me that the best line through a particular corner was to bounce off the oak tree at the apex....
When I was doing a lot of trail riding on my Schwinn Moab, I would often get off and push...Also, I frequently rode alone, due to my odd schedule.