Aghhh!... quit thinking I'm old!
I might have had my first "senior moment" this past Saturday. I'm 55 and started to enter bicycle races this year. My wife tells me I'm too old for racing so that does provide for some extra motivation:). Saturday's race was my third. In my first two races I got dropped by the field about 2/3rds into the races. At this past week's race I'm still with the lead group nearing the end of the race. A million things were going thru my mind as we neared the end of the race, inlcuding how I was going to finish and wondering why I was not dead tired. This was my first time "being in the hunt" and I was not mentally prepared for what was happening around me since my goal was not to get dropped again. It was a Cat 5 race so I assumed everyone was young and fast, now, I'm riding right in amongst them! With about a 1/3 mile to go I'm right up near the front of the pack of about 20 guys when two guys made a break on the right. I caught the wheel of the 2nd rider and we pulled ahead of the group. Going into the last turns and hill finish I'm thinking how great it will be if I can follow the two guys to the finish. About 100 yards from the finish another group of riders started to pull past, on the left, and I just followed the two ending up in 6th place. At first I am elated to finish with the pack and placing somewhere in the top 10. Then reality set in and I realized that I did not try to win.:( I hope this is not a sign of aging and accepting what my mother and wife are telling me, that I'm too old to be doing this bike racing. If I ever am in a position to win a race again, I pledge and promise the 55+ Forums Members that "I will not act my age" and go for it all!:thumb: