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Old 04-09-17, 12:01 PM
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Wow! What just happened?

In June I'll be 71. Today I went out with my gf for a little ride before we run off to see Jonathan Edwards down the road from us in Willimantic, CT. Time was a factor so we kept it short to 17.25 mi. This is my 4th ride of the season and I didn't come close to my weight goal of 185 lbs. I wasn't expecting much. So, with me at 192 lbs, we went off for a little ride. I was trying to concentrate on form and spinning. Yet, somehow I was cranking it. Even climbing without stress. At no point did my legs feel distress. We didn't go out to go fast but ended up at 14.2 mph. This is, by far, the best I've ridden at the start of a season in my life. I still have no idea how this happened. But, of course, I'm feeling pretty good right now. Damn.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
In June I'll be 71. Today I went out with my gf for a little ride before we run off to see Jonathan Edwards down the road from us in Willimantic, CT. Time was a factor so we kept it short to 17.25 mi. This is my 4th ride of the season and I didn't come close to my weight goal of 185 lbs. I wasn't expecting much. So, with me at 192 lbs, we went off for a little ride. I was trying to concentrate on form and spinning. Yet, somehow I was cranking it. Even climbing without stress. At no point did my legs feel distress. We didn't go out to go fast but ended up at 14.2 mph. This is, by far, the best I've ridden at the start of a season in my life. I still have no idea how this happened. But, of course, I'm feeling pretty good right now. Damn.
Awesome.
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Old 04-09-17, 04:33 PM
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Lay off the E P O!
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Old 04-09-17, 06:55 PM
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Very cool about Jonathan Edwards! Oh and also the bike ride 8-)

What have you been doing for fitness during your off season?

It could have also been just a good day. Sometimes we ride like heroes for no reason other than it's just a good day for some biological or psychological reason. Flip side are the all too many days we just feel sluggish and weak for no reason. But figure out why and do it every day!
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71 is the new 55, keep it up and have fun.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
In June I'll be 71. Today I went out with my gf for a little ride before we run off to see Jonathan Edwards down the road from us in Willimantic, CT. Time was a factor so we kept it short to 17.25 mi. This is my 4th ride of the season and I didn't come close to my weight goal of 185 lbs. I wasn't expecting much. So, with me at 192 lbs, we went off for a little ride. I was trying to concentrate on form and spinning. Yet, somehow I was cranking it. Even climbing without stress. At no point did my legs feel distress. We didn't go out to go fast but ended up at 14.2 mph. This is, by far, the best I've ridden at the start of a season in my life. I still have no idea how this happened. But, of course, I'm feeling pretty good right now. Damn.
Thats great... saw Edwards back in 1972, it was alot of fun.
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Good deal. Keep on riding and enjoy it.
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Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
Very cool about Jonathan Edwards! Oh and also the bike ride 8-)

What have you been doing for fitness during your off season?

It could have also been just a good day. Sometimes we ride like heroes for no reason other than it's just a good day for some biological or psychological reason. Flip side are the all too many days we just feel sluggish and weak for no reason. But figure out why and do it every day!
Jonathan Edwards was fun and touching. He was playing at a local church that also serves as a music venue. It's called St. Paul's and it does this to raise money for it's food bank. Tickets were $30 each. A very intimate setting and my gf met him afterwards. I was outside with some friends that I had run into. She said she teared up and thanked him for his music and his humanity. She said he also teared up and thanked her.

I've been going to the gym 3 days a week and lifting. I usually do 3x8 curls with 30 lbs each arm...leg lifts 3x8 with 275 lbs...leg presses 3x8 with 500 lbs...and then pull downs and flys. I don't really do a lot. Some yoga stretches but that's about it. I was a college scholarship football (QB) and baseball (SS) athlete and my body still reacts quickly to getting in shape.

As for the ride, as you suggest, it was just one of those days. It wasn't the speed, which was faster than usual at this time of year, it was the feeling of being relaxed and fluid. I think the French call it "supplesse."

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This is, by far, the best I've ridden at the start of a season in my life. I still have no idea how this happened. But, of course, I'm feeling pretty good right now. Damn.


Damn it feels good ....at any age.
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Awesome, love that feeling when everything go great!
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
In June I'll be 71. Today I went out with my gf for a little ride before we run off to see Jonathan Edwards down the road from us in Willimantic, CT. Time was a factor so we kept it short to 17.25 mi. This is my 4th ride of the season and I didn't come close to my weight goal of 185 lbs. I wasn't expecting much. So, with me at 192 lbs, we went off for a little ride. I was trying to concentrate on form and spinning. Yet, somehow I was cranking it. Even climbing without stress. At no point did my legs feel distress. We didn't go out to go fast but ended up at 14.2 mph. This is, by far, the best I've ridden at the start of a season in my life. I still have no idea how this happened. But, of course, I'm feeling pretty good right now. Damn.

The clue is in the first line, your g/f.
You needed a pacemaker. non medical, you understand. She was it. I followed a young lady at 30mph down the road. She slipstreamed a van, and kept up the pace when he'd gone. Impressive! They've caught us up, fellas . . . . .be afraid . . . .
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