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Old 03-10-17, 12:50 PM
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Riding at 79

Doing my thing on a Cannondale R600 triple, as good as it was when I rode it out of the bicycle shop some years ago. Cut down on my mileage some, but still spinning, doing some HIIT type workouts, also with a Me-Mover, like a stationary stepping machine that takes you places, uses more energy to propel, great cross trainer, that and weight training.
I needed a quicker aerobic workout than spinning for hours, didn't want to start running but wanted to get the legs and core exercised without the foot pounding, and the Me-Mover kicks butt, almost instant aerobics, have done over 40 miles on a ride. Did some climbing yesterday, rolling hills, long grades, it has 2 transmissions, high stepping for climbing, lower for cruising, 3 wheels make it stable under all of the conditions I've been putting it through. Riding where I would never take my Cannondale. Surprised at my age I can improve my endurance, needed to get acclimated in the beginning, uses different muscles than spinning, felt the lactic acid build when I sprinted, not now, took a few weeks to get where I wanted, still improving, like any physical activity, the more you do it, the better you get.
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Old 03-10-17, 01:46 PM
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I'm 79 also and was also surprised that even at an advanced age the body responds and gets stronger. I'm asthmatic so that stamina is well reduced but the more I ride the stronger I get and the the longer I can maintain the effort. A long ride for me is 50 to 60 miles. You are doing great.
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Whenever I feel I'm struggling with my gradually aging body I can always get inspiration from someone on this forum.

Keep up the good work, and those Me-Movers look a fun and very effective way to keep fit. Do you ride them in traffic?
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Old 03-12-17, 04:51 PM
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Thanks for this post. Big encouragement that we somewhat younger old guys can keep on putting in time in the saddle for some years to come, Lord willing.
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As a 61 year-old, i am in awe and encouraged. Way to go!
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Old 03-13-17, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
Whenever I feel I'm struggling with my gradually aging body I can always get inspiration from someone on this forum.

Keep up the good work, and those Me-Movers look a fun and very effective way to keep fit. Do you ride them in traffic?
I've been riding the Me-Mover over a year, now have the FIT 2.0 version. I ride in traffic most of the time since I'm standing I can see more of what's going on. I go places my Cannondale road bicycle would have problems. The other day I was on the worst sidewalks, broken slabs, as I was riding the MM, a cyclist was walking his bike by me, he refused eye contact, I understood why.
Although I've been riding bicycles for years, I wanted something with increased stability, that gives an intense aerobic workout, the Me-Mover gets my heart rate up almost the first few steps I take. My doctor told me today, to keep doing what I'm doing.
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Originally Posted by randallr View Post
Thanks for this post. Big encouragement that we somewhat younger old guys can keep on putting in time in the saddle for some years to come, Lord willing.
I've improved my endurance since riding the Me-Mover, it requires more energy to propel than a bicycle, shortens my time for aerobics. Actually increased my leg muscle definition, at my age very appreciated.
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As a 61 year-old, i am in awe and encouraged. Way to go!
Thanks. I was getting bored spending time spinning, few steep grades in Florida, the Me-Mover really gets your heart rate up, and with 3 wheels can go places I couldn't before. It's low impact like a bicycle but uses different muscles, I could tell when I was getting acclimated, felt it more in my upper legs and buttocks as well as my core and upper body. Climbing is a blast, got to keep the stepping high for the lower gears on the transmissions, motivates you to increase your output.
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I will be 79 this year, and I plan my usual summer riding season of 2500 miles or more. It is a great way to lose winter fat. At this point I have never had an operation or been in a hospital. I give cycling the greater part of why this has happened.
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
One of these things? https://me-mover.com/
Yes. I started with the Kickstarter version Me-Mover, the new FIT 2.0 has different gearing in the transmissions, feels smoother, also the Schwalbe tires make a big difference as far as riding over rough pavement, handles better. I have a bad shoulder, the new handlebar helps during long rides.
Hard to make a jump from a bicycle to something new like this scooter, years of spinning, still ride my Cannondale road bicycle. The Me-Mover started as a cross trainer, now I'm spending more time on it because it was a challenge in the beginning, but as I got acclimated and felt my endurance improve, I wanted to see how far I could go. One young lady from England did 1,333 miles over a multi-day trek, my furthest so far is 40 miles, makes my 79 yea old body feel younger.
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I will be 79 this year, and I plan my usual summer riding season of 2500 miles or more. It is a great way to lose winter fat. At this point I have never had an operation or been in a hospital. I give cycling the greater part of why this has happened.
Great! Now if only you could pass on your motivation to millions of people that need it desperately.
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Great! Now if only you could pass on your motivation to millions of people that need it desperately.
Just noticed your user name. Anything to do with Soviet submarines?
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We choose our methods of motivation, for some, it's never ending, others need a boost, something to relight the fire. For me, it's cross training with weights, Me-Mover, cycling. The habit started early, over 50 years ago, hard to break, never too late to acquire.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
Just noticed your user name. Anything to do with Soviet submarines?
Well, I was in the US Navy, my name is Ivan, maybe a little crazy, occasionally do a CrazyIvan maneuver, other than those, no.
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Well, I was in the US Navy, my name is Ivan, maybe a little crazy, occasionally do a CrazyIvan maneuver, other than those, no.
OK. Maybe I just read too many Tom Clancy novels.
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OK. Maybe I just read too many Tom Clancy novels.
They make good movies too.
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