I've always had a bike, from my blue Royal Sabre I got when I was 8, through the Schwinn Varsity I bought used in 72 and rode until 96 to my current upgraded Giant OCR comp. It was four year ago I got seriouse about road biking. I had a chance to get a good deal on a Bianchi Eros and grabbed it. Up until then, I thought riding 30 miles was a big deal. Last year, I rode over 6000 miles and will probably do it again this year. I have ridden from SF to LA . . . twice. I can do a century anytime. I am a founding member of our bicycle club.
In those four years, I have retired, both of my daughters have married, my mother-in-law has come to live with us and lots of my friends seem to be getting old.
What cycling has done for me can be summed up in the "Three F's":
1. FITNESS - It goes without saying. If all of one's hobbies are indoor-sit-at-a-desk, you get older faster.
2. FRIENDS - Even though I have lived in this little town of 5000 for 35 years, I have found an entire new group of friends (and kept the old ones) through cycling.
3. FOCUS - The training, equipment, maintenance, riding, organizing, writing, reading BF, etc., have given me something to focus on in my retirement. My other two main hobbies (photography and blues music) fit right into cycling.
So, that's my ramble. I felt like writing it somewhere and where better than the 50+. You guys all understand. So, I had a nice ride this morning and the club is having a BBQ this afternoon. I've got a great steak and a good bottle of red wine to take along. It doesn't get any better than this.
See you on the forums . . .