Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-07-06, 02:48 PM   #1
Gus Riley
HomeBrew Master!
Thread Starter
 
Gus Riley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: West Central Illinois
Bikes: Aegis Aro Svelte, Surly LHT, Cannondal R3000 tandem, Santana Triplet.
Posts: 2,208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Finished BA @ 51

Early in May I finished my Bachelorís Degree in History with a minor in PoliSci. Cool, and I'm proud of my accomplishment! But the last two semesters were very busy with a large demand on my time. This past winter I put on 25 pounds and my gut doubled in size!

I'm just now getting a late start on my riding season! My normal drive to get the season started has been non-existent! This puzzled me. I think I figured it out tho. With the weight gain over the year, and the size of my growing gut, I think I talked myself into a frame of mind that said it is too late to do anything about this poor state of affairs. That and I have planned to attend no organized rides this year (such as RAGBRAI or CNC etc.). Whooies me!

Once I struck upon and understood my seemingly hopeless mind set, I recognized that I can still get back the fitness I enjoyed as early as last October. Today I got my butt out there and rode 35 easy miles. I'm tired, my average HR is up, but I feel good! I'll be out again tomorrow for an even easier recovery ride. I am also monitoring my diet. No bier, chips, Ice Cream and other junk foods for awhile.

All in all, it looks like I'm on my way back! It is not too late to get my figure and fitness back!

Thanks for listening!
Gus
Gus Riley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 03:06 PM   #2
Blackberry
In Memory of One Cool Cat
 
Blackberry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Bikes: Lemond Victoire, Cannondale.Mountain Bike, two 1980s lugged steel Treks, ancient 1980-something Giant mountain bike converted into a slick tired commuter with mustache handlebars, 1960-something Raleigh Sports
Posts: 2,722
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gus Riley
I'll be out again tomorrow for an even easier recovery ride.
Gus
That's the story of my entire riding career--and not a bad way to ride through the decades, lose some weight, meet girls and have a lot of fun. Keep posting and enjoy your re-entry to cycling.
__________________
Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.
Blackberry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 03:30 PM   #3
Little Darwin
The Improbable Bulk
 
Little Darwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Bikes: Many
Posts: 8,401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Congratulations on your BA. I will be more than 51 when I get there. I did get my AA at 48 but it was really just a stepping stone to the BA. It sure takes a long time to earn a degree taking one or two classes at a time...
__________________
Slow Ride Cyclists of NEPA

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Little Darwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 03:46 PM   #4
centexwoody
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Brazos River valley, south central TX
Bikes: 2005 Surly LHT; 2006 Surly CrossCheck with Extracycle; 1987 Schwinn World Sport as urban cruiser
Posts: 1,298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am on my 11th year of a doctorate (1-year extension by petition). If the dissertation is not finished and defended by May, 2007, that's it, more than a decade of teaching fulltime & taking one class at a time & paying all that money down the drain.

Congrats on coming to closure on your degree. Give yourself a new bike for graduation...ask Digital Gee about all the bikes available, especially carbon fiber!
__________________
centexwoody
They're beautiful handsome machines that translate energy into joy.
centexwoody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 04:19 PM   #5
p8rider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: North Carolina Piedmont
Bikes: 1984 Peugeot P8; 2006 Trek 5200
Posts: 766
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats on the degree and on getting back onto the bike!!
Two very important things.
p8rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 04:36 PM   #6
Gus Riley
HomeBrew Master!
Thread Starter
 
Gus Riley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: West Central Illinois
Bikes: Aegis Aro Svelte, Surly LHT, Cannondal R3000 tandem, Santana Triplet.
Posts: 2,208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by centexwoody
I am on my 11th year of a doctorate (1-year extension by petition). If the dissertation is not finished and defended by May, 2007, that's it, more than a decade of teaching fulltime & taking one class at a time & paying all that money down the drain.

Congrats on coming to closure on your degree. Give yourself a new bike for graduation...ask Digital Gee about all the bikes available, especially carbon fiber!
My flagship is already carbon. The family chipped in and purchased a Rolex for my Achievement! I thought that was pretty extravagant! Then they clued me in that it is a knock-off ($60)! Cool! Pretty watch and it keeps good time!
Gus Riley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 04:54 PM   #7
fthomas 
Fred E Fenders
 
fthomas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Again! Philippines & S. California
Bikes: Jamis Aurora Elite
Posts: 1,454
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gus Riley
Early in May I finished my Bachelorís Degree in History with a minor in PoliSci. Cool, and I'm proud of my accomplishment! But the last two semesters ........ No bier, chips, Ice Cream and other junk foods for awhile.

All in all, it looks like I'm on my way back! It is not too late to get my figure and fitness back!

Thanks for listening!
Gus
Congrat's!!!!! on the new BA and re-commitment to getting in shape.
fthomas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 05:15 PM   #8
Monoborracho
Senior Member
 
Monoborracho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Deep In The Heart
Bikes: Seven Ti Tandem, Blue T12 tri bike, 92 Paramount, 93 Schwinn Mesa MTB, Soma Saga
Posts: 2,611
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Congrats on the degree. Never give up on your dreams.

I started and quit on a masters degree in history... twice. Then I hauled off and did my MBA in two years when I was late 40's.


Again, congratulations on your B.A. Now get back on the bike.
Monoborracho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 05:39 PM   #9
Louis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 4,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey Gus, good to see you posting again, welcome back. Congratulations on that B.A.
Louis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-06, 08:34 PM   #10
edp773
Senior Member
 
edp773's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Illinios
Bikes: 2004 Giant Cypress, 2006 Trek 7.3 FX, 2007 Gary Fisher Wahoo
Posts: 1,143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats on the BA and the ride.

If everything goes well, I will have a BA by December for my midlife crisis. Then I plan to start my Masters in January.
edp773 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 12:05 AM   #11
jppe
Let's do a Century
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Posts: 6,547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Congrats!! Sounds like your focus and attention has been zeroed in on the the BA which is remarkable. Well done!!

You know you want to get that weight back down so enjoy your time back out on the bike!!
jppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 04:02 AM   #12
HopedaleHills
Streetfire
 
HopedaleHills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Slightly Off Center
Bikes: Trek 1200c, BMC Streetfire, Gary Fisher Wahoo
Posts: 723
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats on the BA. Took me 8 years at night. I know when I finally finished it was real hard to get back into a normal schedule. Good Job!
HopedaleHills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 05:21 AM   #13
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good job, Gus.

You have been around here a long time, and I have missed your postings.

Welcome back.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 09:56 AM   #14
Gus Riley
HomeBrew Master!
Thread Starter
 
Gus Riley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: West Central Illinois
Bikes: Aegis Aro Svelte, Surly LHT, Cannondal R3000 tandem, Santana Triplet.
Posts: 2,208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I am really "stoked" about getting some miles in.
Gus Riley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-06, 01:08 AM   #15
outashape
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congratulations!
outashape is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:12 PM.