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Old 07-30-18, 09:40 AM
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How long do you expect to ride your age?

The day after my 62nd birthday, I did a 66 mile ride. At this age, it's not that big a challenge but it got me thinking about how long I would be able to, or desire to ride my age. 70 miles at 70 doesn't seem like that big a stretch assuming that I want to do that. 75 at 75?, not sure about that. Assuming I'm still riding regularly and physically able, I am not sure if I'll want to. 80 at 80? Nice to think I'll be able to, but I seriously doubt I'll have the desire to do that long ride at that age.

My weekend rides are typically in the 45 to 60 mile range and I haven't really had the desire to keep working on longer rides. Perhaps after I retire, I'll feel differently. I guess we'll see.
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Old 07-30-18, 09:56 AM
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The heat on my birthday smacked me down hard, but I managed my age plus a week or so later after it cooled down.

Sometime between now and age 75 I may have to switch to the metric system, though.
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For as long as it's still fun.
Then it's time for a metric age.
70 is the new 43.4959835 years.
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Old 07-30-18, 11:34 AM
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Location and weather conditions are key factors when attempting to bicycle one's age. I live in flatland SW FL where steady state pedaling along with remaining comfortable equals long distances. July 10th was my 68th birthday but due to bad weather, i.e. -- wicked lightning, rains and temps climbing past 90F that interrupted my "drifting in the cosmos riding", I rode a disappointing 169 miles. As long as my physical/mental conditioning continues close to the current status, just had a prostate cancer recurrence but able to treat it, my intentions are to continue to ride 100 miles or more for B-day Ride.
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Old 07-30-18, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
..., I rode a disappointing 169 miles. As long as my physical/mental conditioning continues close to the current status, just had a prostate cancer recurrence but able to treat it, my intentions are to continue to ride 100 miles or more for B-day Ride.
169 miles is "disappointing"? What were you shooting for?
And with health issues and bad weather? I'm in awe.

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Old 07-30-18, 12:30 PM
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Is the question about ability, or desire?

I'm still relatively young (not yet 60), and barring unforeseen catastrophe would like to think I'll retain the ability to ride my age for another ~20 years. Or 15 at least. Okay, 10, but that's my final answer!

But I've long felt that the sweet-spot distance-wise for me is between 60-80 miles, just in terms of keeping it interesting and fun. (I do several 100 mile rides every year, including some that qualify as "epic" under any metric (no pun intended)...but those are generally not about "fun" they're more about the epic-ness.)

And in the past two years, I've notice that sweet spot drifting away from 60-80 miles and closer to 50-70 miles.

So it's quite conceivable that if that trend continues, some time in the next 5-10 years I will completely lose any desire to Ride My Age regardless of how my body is holding out.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
For as long as it's still fun.
That sounds like a good goal.

I haven't adopted the "birthday ride" concept yet. But, I do try to get in several century rides a year, and a few metric century rides... and maybe a double century ride.

Anyway, if all goes well, I should still be doing my age when I hit 100.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
169 miles is "disappointing"? What were you shooting for?
And with health issues and bad weather? I'm in awe.
Thanks. My goal was a 12:01AM to 11:59PM Birthday Ride of 250 to 300 miles. 14mph cosmic drift riding (just easing along) for 20 hours = 288 miles so a little faster or extra time and 300 easily done. In 2017 I rode 307 miles in 19 hours of pedaling at Bike Sebring 24 hour so been there and it's not that hard. Rode 102 miles last Saturday and 130 miles Thursday. Being retired and starting around midnight to 3AM with NO SUN makes for nice comfortable riding.
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Old 07-30-18, 12:39 PM
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Of course, the other goal is to do a Sammy Hagar ride.

I'm getting close...

Still faster than my age at the moment, but that may not last for long.

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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Thanks. My goal was a 12:01AM to 11:59PM Birthday Ride of 250 to 300 miles. 14mph cosmic drift riding (just easing along) for 20 hours = 288 miles so a little faster or extra time and 300 easily done. In 2017 I rode 307 miles in 19 hours of pedaling at Bike Sebring 24 hour so been there and it's not that hard. Rode 102 miles last Saturday and 130 miles Thursday. Being retired and starting around midnight to 3AM with NO SUN makes for nice comfortable riding.
I try to confine my distance riding to daylight hours, so the most I've done in aday is 168 miles, and I thought that was nuts.

I did back-to-back centuries this weekend, and I must admit the heat Saturday made me feel pretty ragged by the end of Sunday. Probably nothing compared to FL.

I discovered a weird weather phenomenon this weekend. Both days it was super-humid in the morning even while it was relatively cool. I found that the moisture in the air was condensing on my sunblock, actually making me feel really warm and clammy. Blecccccch. On Sunday, I actually felt a lot cooler as the temperature rose and the humidity dropped.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I try to confine my distance riding to daylight hours, so the most I've done in aday is 168 miles, and I thought that was nuts.

I did back-to-back centuries this weekend, and I must admit the heat Saturday made me feel pretty ragged by the end of Sunday. Probably nothing compared to FL.

I discovered a weird weather phenomenon this weekend. Both days it was super-humid in the morning even while it was relatively cool. I found that the moisture in the air was condensing on my sunblock, actually making me feel really warm and clammy. Blecccccch. On Sunday, I actually felt a lot cooler as the temperature rose and the humidity dropped.
YUP, dealing with the humidity and all things go haywire. NOT FUN but one heck of a work out. Makes every mile feel like 2. I wear sleeves so no more block on the arms. Started the 130 miler at 11:26PM, 86F, 12mph winds and the humidity was also up there.
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Old 07-30-18, 01:14 PM
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Out here in hilly western California, the number of miles is far less relevant than the number of feet of climbing. Considering my current level of fitness, I'm hopeful that I could ride a flat century at age 100 (though I'd have to travel to find a place to do it). However, I'm skeptical that I could do a typical 6,000 to 8,000 foot century at that age.
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
Out here in hilly western California, the number of miles is far less relevant than the number of feet of climbing. Considering my current level of fitness, I'm hopeful that I could ride a flat century at age 100 (though I'd have to travel to find a place to do it). However, I'm skeptical that I could do a typical 6,000 to 8,000 foot century at that age.

I rode some in the foothils in the Bay Area and in San Francisco--biking there is completely different from New England!

I did manage to do a 142 mile ride with 9175 feet of climb here about 3 weeks ago and the places where the hills are concentrated are such that I could have done most of that climbing in a 70 mile round trip, but most of my centuries end up with less than 4000 feet of climbing just because of the general flatness of the terrain in these parts. So I think I'm all set if I need a hilly ride on my 70th birthday in 12 1/2 years.
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Depends on health issues as much as anything else. A friend is in his early 70s and can still ride his age if he's motivated to, although usually his rides are 20-40 miles.

At 60 now, in the third year since I resumed cycling in 2015, I've ridden a few metric centuries -- around 62 miles. Those generally got easier as my conditioning improved. The first in 2016 on my one year anniversary of resuming cycling was difficult. The next year was easier. This year was easier still, up until a recent injury.

But chronic neck pain from a 2001 wreck and now a shoulder injury from being hit by a car in May have limited me in some attempts at rides longer than 50 miles, and have limited me to one full century, last fall near my 60th birthday.

I tried a recumbent loaned to me by a friend but couldn't get the hang of it. So I may need to consider a less aggressive road bike with the handlebar closer to saddle height and the more ergonomically friendly brifters and frames of some touring or adventure bikes. I have a hybrid with a comfortable frame and flexible fork that soaks up most road chatter, but the single position flat and riser bars limit hand positions too much and become uncomfortable after 30 miles or so. I may modify that bike to a drop bar.

Meanwhile I'm putting time in on an indoor trainer to maintain basic conditioning, and limiting my road time to once or twice a week -- mostly for balance and heat adaptation. Fixed indoor trainers like the Cycleops don't help reinforce balance and basic bike handling. While rollers might help I'm not motivated enough to clutter up the apartment any more than it already is. My shoulder has improved enough to cope with one or two rides of about 20 miles a week.
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
Out here in hilly western California, the number of miles is far less relevant than the number of feet of climbing. Considering my current level of fitness, I'm hopeful that I could ride a flat century at age 100 (though I'd have to travel to find a place to do it). However, I'm skeptical that I could do a typical 6,000 to 8,000 foot century at that age.
Hmmm...

I find a mile of climbing is a hard day.

I suppose I could do two miles of climbing in a day, but that would make for quite a day.
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I am having some surgery just before my birthday this year, but before that I plan to do the birthday miles before surgery. I made it past last year's birthday and hope to do the same until i fall off the saddle ..... just keep pedaling.

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I'll keep at it until I'm just plain tired of doing it. Fortunately, my birthday is in early April so the weather is generally friendly for that kind of ride. It also fits right into the time I do a couple of metric charity rides every year so by default, the age ride just happens.
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Given that I cycled 300 km (approx 180 miles?) for my 51 birthday this year and usually try to ride at least an imperial century ... I think I've got some in the bank.
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I'm getting ready to do my 5th cross state ride in October; a week after my 72nd birthday. It's a diagonal ride across the state and 2 of the 3 days are 80 mile rides. I guess I'll need to do the ride 8 more times to even out with the mileage.
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I don't do birthday rides, and get bored by anything more than a morning or afternoon in the saddle but I hope to be able to continue enjoying riding centuries in kms for another nine years until I am 80, then I will gradually slow down to riding my age in furlongs by the age of 90.
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Living in the MidWest with a January birthday, can't say that I've had much interest in birthday rides. Perhaps a tandem birthday ride next year in July with my stoker on our tandem? Already passed her BD this year. Too bad.
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Given that you could spit and offend the neighbors in the next state here and the traffic is silly and next to Interstate 84, 52 miles is not a serious idea even if I could do it.
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Living in the MidWest with a January birthday, can't say that I've had much interest in birthday rides. Perhaps a tandem birthday ride next year in July with my stoker on our tandem? Already passed her BD this year. Too bad.
I hope you realise you have to ride the total of your ages on a tandem ride.
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I hope you realise you have to ride the total of your ages on a tandem ride.
Tell me it's not so!
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