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Old 08-08-10, 12:38 PM   #1
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Any 65+ brick men/women still doing bricks? Bricks-running then riding or vice versa

As a soon to be 67 yr old runaholic (34 yrs running over 71, 500 miles) I was "forced" to get back on a bike after a 12 yr hiatus due to an Achilles problem. First injury in over 12 yrs--actually, the last time I was on a bike was because of a Plantar Facia problem in 1997.
Bought a Trek 7.3 hybrid on 5/5/10 and have ridden over 2,100 miles. Didn't run for 6 weeks. Now back to running and decided to keep the biking going. I have gradually increased my every other day runs from 3-4 miles to 8-10 miles. The AT seems "healed".

Being an endorphin addict I now have started doing bricks (defined in title ). Ran 7 miles this AM--0630. Temp 79/hummidity 94%. Returned to the house and changed to bike gear--slow transition time (15 min) then headed out for a 30 mile bike ride--felt great so I extended the ride to a 50 miler. Finished 3 1/2 hrs+ later with temp at 86/hummidity 76%-heat index 108! Felt great. I marvel how quick I recover from an extended bike ride compared to when I use to run 20-30 mile ultra marathon training runs (in my 30's, 40's and 50's).

I present this for several reasons. #1 my ego and #2 --more importantly-- that most of us can do a lot more than we think we can. So get out there and start doing some bricks. If you do, your fancy spandex bike outfits will look a lot better on you.

Remember, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Nick
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Old 08-08-10, 04:04 PM   #2
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As a soon to be 67 yr old runaholic (34 yrs running over 71, 500 miles) I was "forced" to get back on a bike after a 12 yr hiatus due to an Achilles problem. First injury in over 12 yrs--actually, the last time I was on a bike was because of a Plantar Facia problem in 1997.
Bought a Trek 7.3 hybrid on 5/5/10 and have ridden over 2,100 miles. Didn't run for 6 weeks. Now back to running and decided to keep the biking going. I have gradually increased my every other day runs from 3-4 miles to 8-10 miles. The AT seems "healed".

Being an endorphin addict I now have started doing bricks (defined in title ). Ran 7 miles this AM--0630. Temp 79/hummidity 94%. Returned to the house and changed to bike gear--slow transition time (15 min) then headed out for a 30 mile bike ride--felt great so I extended the ride to a 50 miler. Finished 3 1/2 hrs+ later with temp at 86/hummidity 76%-heat index 108! Felt great. I marvel how quick I recover from an extended bike ride compared to when I use to run 20-30 mile ultra marathon training runs (in my 30's, 40's and 50's).

I present this for several reasons. #1 my ego and #2 --more importantly-- that most of us can do a lot more than we think we can. So get out there and start doing some bricks. If you do, your fancy spandex bike outfits will look a lot better on you.

Remember, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Nick
Great stuff Nick..

I am 70, I ain't doin bricks, but I am doing something!! .. This morning I bang out a two hour hard weight training workout, and then hit 20 miles on the bike. BTW, I included some super ab workouts in the weight training too. Gotta get some pics!!

Anyway, I LOVED to see motivation, I thrive on it..

Keep on with the keeping on!!
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Old 08-08-10, 04:43 PM   #3
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I'm impressed! Hope to be riding at 66 also.
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Holly Cow......you guys make me tired just reading the thread......think I'll go take a nap.
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I'm impressed! Hope to be riding at 66 also.
Lots and lots of us 70+'rs are riding. Some of us also swim, do resistance training, etc. I don't run because I hate running and the doc said not to because of my back. I swim 4-5 hours per week, stretch daily, and do about 10 different resistance exercises, including dips, pushups, lat pull downs, planks, etc. But, this is not unusual. Many, many 70+'rs do this.
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