Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

Damn. I'm gettin old.

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Damn. I'm gettin old.

Old 06-27-18, 07:23 PM
  #1  
robertj298 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
robertj298's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 524

Bikes: 1985 Specialized Sequoia, 1986 Miyata 912, 1987 Centurion Ironman Expert, 1988 Miyata 615, 1989 Centurion Ironman Expert

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 342 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 94 Times in 51 Posts
Damn. I'm gettin old.

Been riding for several weeks now. Mostly casual riding on bike trails here in Ohio. Today I took off from my house here in NW Ohio.
Pretty flat but even the small hills were rough along with a stiff wind. Now granted I did a loop so I probably had as many downhills as up and wind at my back as into
but it took it out of me. I did 11.5 miles and averaged 12.4 mph.
robertj298 is offline  
Old 06-27-18, 07:31 PM
  #2  
Dave Cutter
Senior Member
 
Dave Cutter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: D'uh... I am a Cutter
Posts: 6,159

Bikes: '17 Access Old Turnpike Gravel bike, '14 Trek 1.1, '13 Cannondale CAAD 10, '98 CAD 2, R300

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1571 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
I ride a lot. but struggled getting up a nice sized hill this morning myself.... I don't know why.... some days are like that. But while panting and gasping a little too... I remembered the very same breathlessness (a few years ago) from merely walking from my recliner to the kitchen (to make a snack). Your way ahead of the game already... and it will just get better.
Dave Cutter is offline  
Old 06-27-18, 10:24 PM
  #3  
bogydave
Senior Member
 
bogydave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: ALASKA , SoCal
Posts: 914

Bikes: /Skye/ Torker mt, Sirrus flat bar

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 188 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 9 Posts
You are doing fine
were not all Tour de France riders.

Youíre Getting great exercise & having fun ....
good stuff
bogydave is offline  
Old 06-27-18, 11:02 PM
  #4  
McBTC
Senior Member
 
McBTC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,783

Bikes: 2015 22 Speed

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1504 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
That wind'll slow you down and kills an average mph for sure but with your head down and cranking it out... it sure feels fast. I got left in the dust today by a couple on a tandem.
McBTC is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 02:56 AM
  #5  
coffeesnob
Senior Member
 
coffeesnob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Va
Posts: 547

Bikes: Trek DS 8.3 - cannondale M500

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2510 Post(s)
Liked 36 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by robertj298 View Post
Been riding for several weeks now. Mostly casual riding on bike trails here in Ohio. Today I took off from my house here in NW Ohio.
Pretty flat but even the small hills were rough along with a stiff wind. Now granted I did a loop so I probably had as many downhills as up and wind at my back as into
but it took it out of me. I did 11.5 miles and averaged 12.4 mph.
12 miles after only a couple of weeks isn't bad. Keep it up.
coffeesnob is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 06:23 AM
  #6  
BobbyG
Senior Member
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 4,872

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1035 Post(s)
Liked 541 Times in 281 Posts
I commute 18 miles round-trip daily, but was off the bike for a year at 48 due to a bulging disk in my neck. Even with a few months of increasing treadmill work, it took me at least 4-months to get back to where I needed to be, and a couple more to really get back to where I was. The hills were the worst, and I'm in a hilly city. Now, at 56 I will average 12.6 on a good day on my lightest bike (averaging both directions) so you are doin' ok by me.
BobbyG is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 10:48 AM
  #7  
RockiesDad
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 383
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 194 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Keep at it. It gets better over time...

I'm finding that I need a couple of recovery days after a long ride (>2 hours or so). That and a lot of naps in between. I'm blaming it on old age...
RockiesDad is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 11:13 AM
  #8  
Riveting
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 604

Bikes: '13 Trek Madone 2.3, '13 Diamondback Hybrid Commuter, '17 Spec Roubaix Di2, '17 Spec Camber 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 228 Post(s)
Liked 75 Times in 54 Posts
If you're riding, you're getting younger.

I'm 45 and full of piss and vinegar (230w FTP, 1000w max), and on Wednesdays I group ride with a somewhat "frail looking" 72 yr old, who is by far the strongest rider out of us all. He says he's ridden 2-4 hrs a day, 5-6 days a week for the past few decades. And he just got a new bike with a power meter, so now he's training with power. Watch Out!
Riveting is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 11:52 AM
  #9  
Terex
Senior Member
 
Terex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: 7600' Northern New Mexico
Posts: 3,623

Bikes: Specialized 6Fattie, Parlee Z5, Scott Addict

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Keep up the good work! My wife and I bought our first real road bikes when she was going to Ohio Northern in Ada in the early '70's. The worst thing about riding out there was the wind.
Terex is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 12:32 PM
  #10  
Classtime 
Senior Member
 
Classtime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 2,192

Bikes: 81 Medici, 84 Centurion Turbo, 2011 Richard Sachs, '90 Alpina Team, 85 TREK 620, 2011 Milwaukee Road

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 822 Post(s)
Liked 205 Times in 152 Posts
Yah you are!
But the more riding that we do that "takes it out of us", the younger we can ride. If all we do is walk in the park, then all we CAN do is walk in the park. I used to ride with some guys our age who were faster than me but I always got to the regroup points and had time for a snack before everybody left. Lately, I've gotten dropped and the group has departed before I get there. So, last week, I started climbing repeats with the heart rate monitor and I realized that it had been a couple years since I rode any significant intervals at that intensity. I know that I'm starting late, but I have to get ready for Le Tour!
Classtime is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 02:02 PM
  #11  
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Posts: 7,123

Bikes: CAAD 12, MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1165 Post(s)
Liked 473 Times in 281 Posts
Originally Posted by bogydave View Post

were not all Tour de France riders.
Are you sure? I've been here for quite a few years and I'm pretty sure most of us are.
bruce19 is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 06:25 PM
  #12  
sevenmag
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 564

Bikes: 1976 Raleigh,2015 Bianchi Intenso, 2012 Specialized Secteur.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
That's a solid ride. And yes, the wind will kill you. Here in the low country it starts blowing in September and doesn't slow down until May. When it's blowing like that, don't pay any attention to your average speed.
sevenmag is offline  
Old 06-28-18, 08:46 PM
  #13  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 7,914

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1594 Post(s)
Liked 190 Times in 118 Posts
I turn 80 this year and yet ride 20 to 35 miles every other day it is dry. Cycling is its own reward. I call my bent and trike my fountain of youth machines. If you set you rust.
rydabent is offline  
Old 06-29-18, 10:54 AM
  #14  
Biker395 
Seat Sniffer
 
Biker395's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,974

Bikes: 2008 Scott CR1 Pro; 2006 Schwinn Fastback Pro and 1996 Colnago Decor Super C96; 2003 Univega Alpina 700; 2000 Schwinn Super Sport

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 647 Post(s)
Liked 405 Times in 181 Posts
What's making me feel old isn't so much what's happened to me or my physical limitations. It's what's happened to my contemporaries.

My surfing bud had a minor stroke, and will be out 6 months from rotator cuff surgery.
A friend (new to cycling as of a couple of years ago) had a spinal stroke and is now a complete quad(!)
Another friend is now walking with a cane.
Another has given up skiing because he's too "old."
Another few dealing with afib.
Partner has been off the bike for 4 months due to back pain that won't go away.

The list goes on. So as time goes on, I feel older and luckier at the same time. Whether I'm slower or faster than I used to be is in the noise compared to other stuff. I'm grateful for what I am able to do.
__________________
Proud parent of a happy inner child ...

Biker395 is offline  
Old 06-29-18, 10:21 PM
  #15  
McBTC
Senior Member
 
McBTC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,783

Bikes: 2015 22 Speed

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1504 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Cycling is something you can do every day (and probably should if possible) if you include--e.g., light spinning on a trainer in the garage on recovery days between riding in the wild (at least 30 minutes a day of exercise is the current recommendation)...
McBTC is offline  
Old 06-30-18, 12:02 AM
  #16  
OldTryGuy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SW Fl.
Posts: 4,793

Bikes: 1981 Custom Touring Paramount, 1983 Road Paramount, 2013 Giant Propel Advanced SL3, 2018 Specialized Red Roubaix Expert mech., 2002 Magna 7sp hybrid, 1976 Bassett Racing 45sp Cruiser

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 791 Post(s)
Liked 217 Times in 145 Posts
Damn. I'm gettin old.

I have yet to find an individual who is growing younger. Crawling leading to walking leading to running is a natural progression as is the distance/speed relationship with bicycling. Slow and short at the beginning leading to faster and longer. The effort one puts into every ride will determine the degree of accomplishments for the future. Keep on biking and in short order the distances will increase as will the averages. You will continue to GROW OLDER but you will FEEL YOUNGER.
OldTryGuy is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 12:39 PM
  #17  
Patriot1 
Retired loving & Life!
 
Patriot1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Western NC
Posts: 589

Bikes: (2) 2019 Specialized Roll Sports, 1992 Merlin Road Ti, 1986 Schwinn Peloton, 2 Trek 920’s,

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Damn. I'm gettin old.

I have yet to find an individual who is growing younger. Crawling leading to walking leading to running is a natural progression as is the distance/speed relationship with bicycling. Slow and short at the beginning leading to faster and longer. The effort one puts into every ride will determine the degree of accomplishments for the future. Keep on biking and in short order the distances will increase as will the averages. You will continue to GROW OLDER but you will FEEL YOUNGER.
Awesome words and very inspiring truth!
__________________

Patriot1 is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 01:44 PM
  #18  
one4smoke
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville, TN.
Posts: 1,827

Bikes: 2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 - 2015 Giant Roam 2 Disc

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 527 Post(s)
Liked 113 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by robertj298 View Post
Damn. I'm gettin old
Beats the alternative!
one4smoke is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 02:13 PM
  #19  
Wileyrat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tucson Az
Posts: 1,525

Bikes: 2015 Ridley Fenix, 1983 Team Fuji, 2019 Marin Nail Trail 6, and a few dust collectors

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 286 Post(s)
Liked 92 Times in 61 Posts
We're in our slow season here in Tucson right now. I rode 31 nice nice miles Sunday morning. and spent the last two mornings working on my roof before the rains start.

The plan was to finish yesterday, so I could get up early and get a decent ride in today. Everything went according to plan except my body. I was a bit more sore from being on the roof than I thought I would be. I told my wife I'm getting too old to be climbing up and down ladders anymore.

I still got in a short 11 miles. Back to work tomorrow.
Wileyrat is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 06:39 PM
  #20  
dynodonn 
Banned.
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: U.S. of A.
Posts: 7,464
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1253 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 25 Posts
Getting older for me means no more bicycle commutes to work, and making it so I have more spare energy for things to do around the house.
dynodonn is offline  
Old 07-05-18, 11:18 AM
  #21  
coffeesnob
Senior Member
 
coffeesnob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Va
Posts: 547

Bikes: Trek DS 8.3 - cannondale M500

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2510 Post(s)
Liked 36 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
I turn 80 this year and yet ride 20 to 35 miles every other day it is dry. Cycling is its own reward. I call my bent and trike my fountain of youth machines. If you set you rust.
What's your advice on how to be able to ride at 80...
coffeesnob is offline  
Old 07-05-18, 02:44 PM
  #22  
wafflerskillme
Bobobopobedo
 
wafflerskillme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Here
Posts: 47

Bikes: Yes Please

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you're cycling you are undoubtedly getting younger I'm afraid....................
wafflerskillme is offline  
Old 07-05-18, 03:39 PM
  #23  
Imabmwnut
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 85

Bikes: Giant Roam 3 Kona Esatto

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by McBTC View Post
That wind'll slow you down and kills an average mph for sure but with your head down and cranking it out... it sure feels fast. I got left in the dust today by a couple on a tandem.
a tandem does have 2 engines!
Imabmwnut is offline  
Old 07-05-18, 04:28 PM
  #24  
DeadGrandpa
Senior Member
 
DeadGrandpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Carolina
Posts: 828

Bikes: Trek 1120, Santa Cruz Tallboy 3CC, Fandango DC-9 MTB tandem, Jamis Renegade Expert, Bike Friday Pocket Llama, Santana Arriva tandem, Bridgestone RB-1

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 269 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 55 Times in 44 Posts
For me, it's about getting serious about getting into shape to ride the back country and other tours I want to ride with my life partner, and then riding them while I'm able.
DeadGrandpa is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Piperflyer
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
12
07-22-18 08:41 PM
sideburn
Northeast
3
10-16-12 08:26 AM
zonatandem
Tandem Cycling
8
11-22-10 10:04 PM
yrrej
Fifty Plus (50+)
4
10-31-10 03:04 PM
TheStott
Road Cycling
12
01-28-10 10:12 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.