I don't have as much energy as I did when I was 25. I sometimes wake up with aches and pains and it takes several minutes before I feel comfortable walking around. My lower back gets tight from sleeping in a funny position. I can't eat the things I ate in my 20's without getting fat. Sometimes my knees are sore and sometimes my fingers get numb. I have to wear glasses or contacts to see well. My hair is not as thick as when I was younger. The hair I do have is certainly pretty much turning gray. I guess with all of these and other related things...I should just throw my hands up and forget about it. Can't fight the onslaught of time I guess. I suppose I could ride one of those motorized scooters around the grocery store. I might even be able to get one to ride around the neighborhood and forget about cycling!
On the other hand....I choose not to give in. I can walk 30 miles in a day. I can cycle 100 miles in a day. I can ride a flat bar or a drop bar. Hiking up tall mountains if fun for me. When I think of all the years I wasted not doing many of the physical things that I do now, it gets me motivated to make up for lost time. I feel better today than I did at 42. I plan on feeling better at 62 as well. We all have challenges to overcome and some are more serious than others. I know so many people in their 30's and 40's who are content to eat poorly, skip exercise, and rely on medication to feel "ok". No, I won't live forever and I will continue to age, but I plan on enjoying the rest of this journey!