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Old 03-22-09, 11:40 AM   #1
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Amazing how fast everything goes south

When you get old.(er)
Spent the past 3 months (Dec.1st thru Feb 28)over at the local gym using the stairmaster.
By Mid march I was at level 6 for 45 minutes and my ability to keep pace with the A group snowshoeing led to thoughts of a steller spring and early summer season of cycling)
March arrived.
The Chest congestion I'd dismissed, turned into full blown bronchial pneumonia. 2000mg of cephalexin a day.
With everything finally clearing up, I got on the mag trainer two days ago to discover the legs had nothing (nor did the lungs)
Looks like it's gonna be a B ride spring.
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Old 03-22-09, 11:47 AM   #2
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I was so excited about how fast I was getting stronger and faster. Went from 4 miles in May (I looked so bad my wife wanted to call 911 when I got home) to 45 miles in September and 20 lbs lost. Then in October I had surgery, then bronchitis, then injured ankle and cellulitis. Finally in mid-March I'm back to where I was in September, very frustrating.
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Old 03-22-09, 01:54 PM   #3
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You don't have to be sick - you lose fitness with simple bedrest.
The good news: You can regain your fitness level.
The bad news: You lose it faster than it comes back.

Keep working at it.
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Old 03-22-09, 02:33 PM   #4
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+1.

In just TWO WEEKS "off" I noticed a big difference in riding ability and overall fitness. I think it was in "Younger Next Year" that they said something like plan on working out for 45 minutes a day. For the rest of your life.
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On the other hand, I had to take a whole week off cycling in Feb. (business travel, not sickness), and came back into town to ride a very strong double century. So you just never know.

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I took two weeks off yoga due to work issues and just got back to the gym yesterday...holy......I'm sore today in places I'm pretty sure I didn't even use yesterday. Hate to think of what the 2 weeks and 3 days off the bike are going to mean...or how I'm going to feel tomorrow, since muscle soreness is usually worse for me the second day after...My grandmother (94 years old) says old age isn't for wussies...and she is one tough old bird so she should know!
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On the other hand, I had to take a whole week off cycling in Feb. (business travel, not sickness), and came back into town to ride a very strong double century. So you just never know.

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I think long slow distance ability declines more slowly than raw power or speed.
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Dorosz: I LOVE the "Old Age Isn't For Woosies"
Believe it's going to become my byline.
Getting old in western new york (23 degrees wind chill 15 this morning at 9am)isn't for the faint of heart either.
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Old 03-23-09, 10:19 AM   #9
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I hear you. I've been riding the stationary 3 times a week, up to 25 miles. Took my single speed out yesterday for a 44 mile ride. Didn't really know how far I went until I got back. After about 15 minutes thought I was never going to walk again. And today, it's worse. It never used to be this way.

But it was a good ride though.
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