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Old 04-28-12, 09:00 AM   #1
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Staying strong.

The other day I was out for a ride to clear my head. Lots of things going on in my life right now. I stopped for a powerbar and some water at a coered picnic table. Another man much older than me (I'm 56) stopped there for a break as well. We talked for a minute and I found out that he is 82 years old and training for the Senior Olympics. He does 30 miles twice a week so he can keep a 15 mph average. He says that should get him in the medals in his age group. WOW and I though pulling a 17-18 mph for me was doing something good. Never know who your going to meet on the bike path.
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I love hearing stories like that! Thanks for sharing jbman.
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Man, I hope I still have 10 more years of riding in me.
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Old 04-28-12, 07:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the story, and the inspiration!
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Old 04-28-12, 07:52 PM   #5
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Go for it while you can, is my motto. Things worked out for me the the last Tour de Mesa last week and I got a silver. Not sure how many more I will be able to do but I will keep trying.
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Nice anecdote. Thanks so much.
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That is awesome. I have been asked "Why are you riding a bike at your age? When will you stop?" (yes, I am serious!) I respond, with my best, no-emotion face, "When they bury me".
I've been thinking though, of responding with a question: "When will you stop eating at McDonald's?" Nah, better not.
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Good example of cycling improving the quality and longevity of ones life.
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Man, I hope I still have 10 more years of riding in me.
With your passion for cycling and your vitality, I think it is entirely possible.
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Was on a bike tour last year in Vermont - hilly teritory for sure. There was an older guy who was more than holding his own with the group. I asked him how old he was and he told me 75. Runs Falmouth every year. Definately showed me that with a little luck we can all be out there,
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You can't control how old you are. All you can control is what you do today.
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