I'm 61, in mediocre shape at the moment because we've been getting our house ready to sell, so I've only done about 25 percent of my normal summer mileage this season. Gained 20 pounds, and now that we're about done, I'm looking forward to decent workouts again. I don't have any doubt that I'll be able to lose the weight (though it does get a lot harder as you get older), and I expect to come close to my pre-layoff performance by early spring.
Reading this forum, though, I get a sense that a lot of people over 50 fret about the frailties of age more than I do. That's not criticism--really, I wonder if I'm missing something, if I should be MORE concerned than I am.
I know I can't do what I could 30 or even 10 years ago, but I'm content to do what I can do. I never worry about going off on day-long solo rides, or about taking my mountain bike into fairly remote areas of the Tahoe National Forest (a couple of miles from my front door). I'm not macho about it--I tell my wife where I'll be and when I expect to be back, and at her insistence I've finally started carrying a cell phone, though I keep it turned off. But I've only called for help on a couple of occasions, when something went wrong that I couldn't fix or jury-rig, and unless my situation changes dramatically, I don't see myself changing that. I carry tools and emergency equipment, and part of the fun and challenge of cycling is being able to deal with what comes up.
Am I stuck in adolescence and denial, or are there others post-50 who just don't sweat it that much?