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    Lesson learned

    The facts:
    1. Age 68
    2. Average 300-400 miles per month, sometimes more.
    3. Ride is a Specialized Explorer "comfort" bike.
    4. Speed is not really an issue but mileage is and I usually ride 5-6 days/week.

    The problem:
    I found that I was getting slower and slower while doing the same mileage every day/week.
    I also found that while I didn't feel "bad", I was feeling tired a lot.
    I tried laying off for a couple of days a few times and that didn't do any good so.........
    I went to see my Doctor. Got checked out and found nothing abnormal. The Dr. set me up for bloodwork and low and behold...........everything was fine except I was low in IRON which would cause the symptoms described. Started taking an iron tab every day and everything is back to normal. Not tired, speed is really better than ever before and the legs are strong.

    The lesson learned:
    Don't try to tough things out. Find out what the problem is and fix it before it becomes a really big problem.

    BTW: Am considering getting a lighter bike. Any suggestions considering the type of riding I do?

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    I am glad you are feeling better and the old "zing" is back!
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Check your testosterone and hormones also.Makes a big difference.My father is 82 and takes all the male hormones,and can out ride us all
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    And I thought the Cure for lethargy and tiredness was N+1.

    Can agree. Since retiring have found the same and started taking Iron tablets. Same problem and same results.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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