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Old 06-09-07, 07:23 PM   #1
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Finally rode my age

Yesterday I rode my age for the first time. I rode 52.35 miles on the Withalacootchee trail. I started in the town of Holder and rode South through Inverness and Floral City and then the trail gets away from the highway and I rode through the woods and cow pastures. I turned around just past where the trail goes under I-75. I think I did pretty well. I rode by myself and averaged 15.0 mph. I started at 8:00 AM and was back at my truck at 11:40. I stopped after about 5 miles and adjusted my seat up a little and then stopped at 33 miles to refill my water bottle and I had an apple breakfast bar too. When I got back to my truck it was 89 degrees. I think the next time I will start earlier so it is not so hot in the latter part of the ride. My goal for this year was 2,000 miles and so far I am at 1295 combined on my Lemond and my Litespeed, 140 on my Sirrus, and 60 on mountain bike. I hadn't really planned on anything over 30 or 40 miles, but after reading about others doing their age I thought I would try it.
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Old 06-09-07, 07:28 PM   #2
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Yesterday I rode my age for the first time. I rode 52.35 miles on the Withalacootchee trail. I started in the town of Holder and rode South through Inverness and Floral City and then the trail gets away from the highway and I rode through the woods and cow pastures. I turned around just past where the trail goes under I-75. I think I did pretty well. I rode by myself and averaged 15.0 mph. I started at 8:00 AM and was back at my truck at 11:40. I stopped after about 5 miles and adjusted my seat up a little and then stopped at 33 miles to refill my water bottle and I had an apple breakfast bar too. When I got back to my truck it was 89 degrees. I think the next time I will start earlier so it is not so hot in the latter part of the ride. My goal for this year was 2,000 miles and so far I am at 1295 combined on my Lemond and my Litespeed, 140 on my Sirrus, and 60 on mountain bike. I hadn't really planned on anything over 30 or 40 miles, but after reading about others doing their age I thought I would try it.
Are you 52 years, 4 months and 6 days?
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Old 06-09-07, 07:38 PM   #4
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Way to go RoMad. Every year that goes by is going to get harder now, but you know that.
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Well Done RoMad!!!!!! You Go!!!!!
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A hearty congratulations from someone who has never achieved, well at least not since I turned 22, this feat. I consider it a very significant first.
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Old 06-09-07, 08:42 PM   #8
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I have yet to ride my age. My Giro is off to you RoMad! That is not an insignificant accomplishment! And congrats on being on-course with your year-end mileage goal! I'm sure you'll surpass that one!

Hm.... Maybe not ridin' my age on my last birthday is partly to blame for this less-than-stellar year I'm havin'. Except, honestly, I suspect that has nothing to do with it.
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but after reading about others doing their age I thought I would try it.
Well done, RoMad!

Yes, reading about the accomplishments of other 50+ BFers is good source of ideas and incentive to try something new.
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Excellent ride sir and my hearty congratulations. It's a major accomplishment.
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My helmet is off to you buddy. Congratulations. And in the same fashion, rode my age (55) plus more (60.4 total for the day). I'll sip my Gatorade for you.
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Congratulations! Next goal will be to add 10 miles to that ride for a metric century. Suspect that will be soon with the miles you are racking up.
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Super ride. There seems to be a flury of people in this forum getting that age ride in. Well done.
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Yesterday I rode my age for the first time. I rode 52.35 miles on the Withalacootchee trail.
- whoa! THAT'S GREAT!!!!

- i would like to do the trail... i'm gonna read the thread through and then try to convince my riding buddy (he's 70) to do the trail with me!

- thanks for posting, and congrats!
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Old 06-10-07, 02:53 PM   #15
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Congratulations! Next goal will be to add 10 miles to that ride for a metric century. Suspect that will be soon with the miles you are racking up.
This ride your age started a couple of years ago And when I decided to do mine- I did not decide- the bike just took me there. Certain days occur when you can ride for miles and you do- Then you look back the morning after and realise you have done it. Get a short ride in tomorrow to get the muscles working again- only a short one at a low sensible pace and you will be fine.

Well done on the ride- but you know the next goal so wait for the day when the bike is sailing and do it again.
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Super ride. There seems to be a flury of people in this forum getting that age ride in. Well done.
Yes there is. And believe me, it's the residents of this BF 50 + community that encouraged me to do my part. I always say to myself, if someone can do it so can I. So I congratulate all that rode their age this weekend. Could it be the BF 50 + the fountain of youth?
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