I think that the majority of us within this forum are marvellous!!! We are still riding or doing some form of bike related exercise when the majority of bikers think we should have hung up our pedals. Quite a few of us have medical or body problems that would have stopped a 25 year old dead in their tracks. How many of us have painful joints, or a heart problem, or through the abuse we have put our bodies through over the years are just a little bit out of condition or overweight?
So what is it that keeps us all Cycling?
I know in my case it was just a wish to retain the fitness that I still had about 15 years ago. I used to be one of those ultra-fit youngsters that do appear occasionally. But 10 years of lack of exercise, through family and work commitments, meant that the little bit of fitness I still had was rapidly disappearing. The final crunch came when I raced my 10 year old daughter up the road, and struggled to stay with her. This was from an 11.1 100metre runner in his youth. A chance meeting with what became a very good friend, that suggested I came for a gentle bike ride the next day, and I found out what saddle soreness was over a 30 mile ride. Haven't looked back since, and even extended periods off for a bypass, and prostate cancer have not stopped me. Still riding, and still training for the summer extended rides that I do.
So what is it that keeps you riding?