Today is an extraordinary day for me. and it all has to do with cycling. In fact, I honestly rate the achievement I'm about to describe as one of my Top Ten accomplishments in my life.
Today I completed my first full calendar year of cycling in perhaps twenty five years, maybe more. And itís the first year EVER that I rode consistently all year long.
Todayís ride was a simple 10 miler, but with it I surpassed a milestone I would never have thought possible Ė 2,500 miles. Throughout the year I had several highlights which I couldnít have imagined: a metric century on my no-frills mountain bike with knobbie tires (and achieved by taking a 6+ mile loop around Coronado ten times); I rode my age at least twice, I bought four more bikes (all used), and sold one.
What made all this possible was a combination of things. First, I discovered that biking is just pure fun. Iíd long since forgotten that! Second, I was fortunate to have discovered Bike Forum from the very beginning, and quickly found the Fifty + forum, which became my home base. The people in this forum have made me feel welcome, they have tolerated and answered my newbie questions, they have patted me on the back when I earned it, and encouraged me to stretch my thinking when I needed it.
I have never been a jock. I have never stuck with a fitness program. I participated in three high school sports, but was never any good at any of them. Finally, after over fifty years, Iíve found something physical and athletic to be passionate about. I may never achieve some of the incredible accomplishments of some of the people on this forum, but Iím not competing with them. I am reclaiming my own physicality and having a blast doing it.
I want every person over the age fifty whoís thinking of taking up cycling to just do it. Youíll have a blast, youíll go places you never would have imagined, you create a sense of pride, and youíll amaze your friends and family. What other activity can do all that as cheaply as cycling?
Thanks, everyone, for all your support, advice, humor, stories, and so on. Iíll conclude with the same question I think I started with, one year ago, the question that never changes:
What kind of bike should I get?