Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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Originally Posted by ikolarik
I have the following dilemma. I am now 60 years old. I was racing bikes for most of my life and gave up racing some five years ago mainly because of my high blood pressure and as I simply don't want to torture myself anymore. But cycling is in my blood and I spend heaps of money on my super bikes (latest is the fabulous all carbon Argon18, Gallium S-3, with Campagnolo Record 2007 running gear). You can imagine how popular I am with my dear wife! HOWEVER, I get very frustrated when on my training rides I am often overtaken by those young guys pushing their 30 plus kg old MTB's, wearing battered walking shoes!!! This is good for spitting the dummy, I tell you! And for feeling very inadequate. It doesn't worry me that much if my old fellow is no longer working as well as it should but being overtaken by those guys defletes my ego!! What can I do? Die on the bike trying to keep up with them? Or say to myself:"Well it is easy to fly if you are young"! I have tried both to no avail. Now when I see a little figure in the background I run for the bushes!! I guess that I have to swallow a bitter pill and reconcile myself with the fact that life is on the skids. But...once again...such is life!
Enjoy the ride, it ain't a race.
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