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Old 09-25-04, 09:47 PM   #1
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How many Retired?

OK - a question. How many of you retired? Still Actively employed (40 or more hrs/week). I'm still actively employed, plan to stay so till perhaps 62 (4 1/2 yrs), then take a long Bike trip. Is Biking a big part of retirement? If actively employed how do you work in the hrs?
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Old 09-26-04, 05:32 AM   #2
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I will be 65 in November, and don't consider myself in "retirement" yet.

I quit my teaching job as of August 15th, but I am currently self-studying to be a personal fitness trainer, where I hope to be able to work with seniors (and perhaps others) in strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition, and get paid for it.

My wife (67) has been having more than her share of a variety of medical and other problems, and I have been pretty busy supporting her in that endeavor.

I once asked a friend about 10 years older than I what he did in retirement. He replied, "I go to medical appointments."

I feel that way right now, but my wife is gradually getting out of her situation.

Yes, we want to bike, but a long tour is not my or our bag.

I ride (or something comparable) daily.

Neither of us can sleep unless we have at least 1 hour of intensive exercise.

I would like to work part-time for the next 15 years, if possible. So would my wife.
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Old 09-26-04, 06:42 AM   #3
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I'm sort of retired at age 60. I quit my job 3 1/2 years ago and moved from California to Arkansas where I did some photography and web site design. Six months ago I moved back home to Southern Wisconsin and am still self-umemployeed. I'm trying to live on the money I have left until I take social security at age 62.

After being off the bike for almost 6 years, I'm riding almost everyday, 16-25 miles.
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Old 09-26-04, 07:29 AM   #4
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Hi All,
I am retired, 74 years old and ride between 75-150 miles a week. Doing a 150 week-end ride next Friday.
I amm a "newbee" to riding, just started in May of this year and have rode about 1600 miles so far. Hoping to "hit" 2500 by the end of the year.
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Hi All,
I am retired, 74 years old and ride between 75-150 miles a week. Doing a 150 week-end ride next Friday.
I amm a "newbee" to riding, just started in May of this year and have rode about 1600 miles so far. Hoping to "hit" 2500 by the end of the year.
What a great story! Starting at 74 and already 1600 miles.
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Old 09-26-04, 08:14 AM   #6
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Hi All,
I am retired, 74 years old and ride between 75-150 miles a week. Doing a 150 week-end ride next Friday.
I amm a "newbee" to riding, just started in May of this year and have rode about 1600 miles so far. Hoping to "hit" 2500 by the end of the year.

Holly s$%^!!! THAT IS COOL! Gives hope to us 50 yr old youngsters...
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Old 09-26-04, 10:52 AM   #7
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Hi Sorebutt,
The better part of my riding is now I have "geared up" to 16-17 MPH on 25-30 mile rides. Feeling pretty good about that. I could only ride about 8-10 MPH when I started.
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Old 09-26-04, 12:06 PM   #8
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Still Actively employed (40 or more hrs/week)??
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No, Forced to retire at 57 due the health reasons.


Is Biking a big part of retirement?
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Yes, as recover therapy following Knee replacments. Cycling
also serves as life therapy for my cardio and mental well
being. The "High" I get from a good bike ride unbelievable.
I look forward to many years of bike riding to keep sharp.

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Old 09-26-04, 12:59 PM   #9
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I am 62 and retired. I have recently purchase two Cannondales bicyles. A jecky 800 full supsension mountain bike and a Cannondale R2000 road bike. I like off roading riding the best but there aren't many places close to home to ride trails on. So that why I got a road bike. I have to admit since I started riding roads I have begun to like that also. Currently I ride anywhere between 150 miles a week to sometimes 400 miles a week. I like long distance touring. A week ago I finish doing the MS 150 charity ride and did my first century ride in it. So far since April of this year I done about 3000 miles.
I hope to do a lot more touring rides in the future.
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Old 09-26-04, 01:11 PM   #10
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I'm still working full time, but wish I was retired! I'd love to spend my time working on my hobbies and riding my bike. I get weary baby sitting my employees all day....sheesh, if they'd just do the jobs they were hired for, my job would be so much easier.
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Old 09-26-04, 05:19 PM   #11
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I'm 55 and retired from my trade when I turned 55. I hope to never hit another lick, not for pay anyway.

I started riding bikes again after retiring and ride nearly every day.

I love retirement and can think of plenty of things to do besides working, plenty. And some days I don't want to do a damned thing and then by God I don't. None of that Calvinist nonsense for me.
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Old 09-26-04, 07:15 PM   #12
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I'm 59 and work full time. I commute to work and get in anywhere from 100 to 150 miles per week on average.
I suppose there are times that I would like to be retired. Right now, I still love going to work. I have been with this company for 12 years and I still feel like I am going to Boy Scout camp on most days.
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Old 09-26-04, 07:21 PM   #13
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Not retired , not really disabled cause im on my way to 4000 miles by octobers end . But I am 46 years old , and all I do is ride Isnt it so much fun hearing the wind as you soar and fly around in the sun ?
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Started riding in march of this season , wiped out , then picked it up in may , switched too a nice road bike and boy oh boy , now I worry when Im passing cars on the right hand side LOL
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Old 09-26-04, 07:27 PM   #14
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59 years old and retired for 8 years. I do some part-time work as a yoga and spin teacher as well as occasional subbing for the local school district.

I came back to cycling through surfing. When I moved close to the ocean 8 years ago, I learned to surf. I was surfing almost every day. Five years ago, the summer surf was non-existent for three months. I decided to get out my old 10-speed and, at least, get a good ride out of my daily surf check. As the waveless weeks went on, I was riding more and more. Now I ride about 150 miles a week.

With cycling, surfing, yoga, volunteer work, and part-time "work," retirement sure is a busy time! But it's the greatest.
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Old 09-26-04, 07:54 PM   #15
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I will be 53 in October, my husband will be 52 in Dec. We both work full time, I'm lucky I can work from home. It gives me the advantage of riding my bike on my lunch hour, only about 10 miles because of all the stop signs and stop lights but at least I can get out there. With the City Pension Plan in not to good a shape, we might have to put off our retirement for a few years (darn-I hope not). I would love to get in as much riding as possible and go to a lot of new places that we can explore. My husband didn't start cycling again until he was about 45, I never really rode as a kid (maybe a dozen times) so I took it up at about 46 after getting out of horses for 20 years. I wish I had been riding a bike all that time instead of a horse, a bicycle won't do some weird things horses do and are a lot cheaper. My husband rides a couple hundred miles a week and I only do about 100 (if I'm lucky). I don't think we will ever stop cycling, it's just to much fun and I love the comments from non-bikers when you tell them you have done a 50 mile bike ride, they think your crazy.
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Old 09-26-04, 08:18 PM   #16
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61 (some say going on 16) and retired in 2001 after 35 years of teaching. Still substitute teach some. Like the freedom (to ride my recumbent trike) that retirement allows me.

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Old 09-27-04, 07:43 AM   #17
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I'm not retired and at 51 don't see myself ever retiring.
Even if I "retire" from my full time job, I'll probably continue
working in some form as long as I can.
I think that the era of retiring at age 65 (or whenever) is something
of the past and that from an economic standpoint is not feasable
anymore (barring winning the lottery).

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I'm 55 and retired from my trade when I turned 55. I hope to never hit another lick, not for pay anyway.

I started riding bikes again after retiring and ride nearly every day.

I love retirement and can think of plenty of things to do besides working, plenty. And some days I don't want to do a damned thing and then by God I don't. None of that Calvinist nonsense for me.
To me this post is a good discription of what retirement is
all about........the freedom to CHOOSE what you do with your
day!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-27-04, 11:40 AM   #19
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Tightwad----Freedom, yeah.

Today my girlfriend and I did 7 miles out on the bikes. Then stopped and had coffee outside a coffee shop and I smoked a nice cigar (down from 2 cans of Copenhagen a day to a couple of cigars). We watched people for awhile and then headed back.

A nice morning.
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I have sure enjoyed reading these posts. You Folks make me smile.

DnvrFox, an excellent idea you had to start this forum!

I often think that as we add years to our lives it is our duty to illustrate to those whom fear 'old age' that they do not need to do so. But also instill the thought that they need to take care of themselves. Having said that, I also realize that unknown factors such as "xxIT HAPPENS" is a price of living.
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Old 09-27-04, 06:21 PM   #21
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Old 09-28-04, 10:32 PM   #23
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I'm 57 and retired a little over 2 months. I'm doing 100-150 miles a week now, but it will soon be curtailed some, since I live in snow country. I was getting depressed (OK, just a little down) if I didn't average 150, but then remembered: Hey! I'm retired. I don't have to do anything I don't want to. There are no deadlines. Who cares? etc. I like this retirement thing, so far.
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Still working at 57 ,a long way to go, there's no set retirment age here but I can start to draw a pension at 65 though it won't be enough to live on .I have to pass a medical every year now im past 55 to keep my present position
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Although I'm not quite 50 (five more months), I feel close enough to post here. If I'm wrong, Denver can kick me out! I retired at 45. That was Sept 2000, I haven't worked since. I have been very busy with volunteer things and attending school though. I go to bed more tired now than when I worked! I do plan on going back to work eventually. But I'll be doing what I want for me not because it's a job. After school I hope to break into the DOD school system and perhaps go teach Military brats overseas. If not that, maybe I'll go drive a truck...who knows? We make do pretty well on my pension, but I think I have to go back to work before all these local volunteer jobs I have gotten myself into kill me!!
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