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Old 11-07-22, 08:37 PM
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Aging as we go

Well, I made it to 83yo today. 22 years more than my dad. Many changes past 3+ years in our lives, but we keep plodding on. Too many of my friends are no longer with us. I still bike, swim, walk, lift weights and stretch - a lot. We should all celebrate birthdays and other occasions. Denver
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Old 11-07-22, 08:39 PM
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Congratulations. I am rapidly approaching the point where I will have outlived my dad, and am still in my 50s.

Happy Birthday!
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Old 11-07-22, 09:29 PM
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Glad to hear you are still active. Just plodding along is about all we can do. In 6 months I will be 69 which is how old my father was when he left.
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stay positive and keep on biking !
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Hope you had a great day.
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My parents are both 83 and I'm glad to have them and they're doing OK - not riding bikes though... looking at assisted living and no stairs.
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Bravo!
Bike, swim, walk, lift weights, stretch - may we all be so active at 83.
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Old 11-07-22, 10:57 PM
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Hope you had a great day.
I did. Thanks
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Happy birthday gobicycling.
I turned 68 today.

You know we share our day with two women of note.
Mary Travers, of Peter Paul & Mary.
Marie Curie. The only woman ever to win two Nobel prizes, and in different categories. Physics and Chemistry IIRC.
You could easily say that Madame Curie gave her life for her science.

Back to you and me.
I just wish I was in as good a shape as you.
I need two new hips, have a torn shoulder and deviated septum.

Glad you are fit and moving.
Many happy more.

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Good work staying active. I can only hope to do as well as you. I am 71, my dad made it to 79. He rode his bike up until the end.
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Happy birthdays gentlemen!
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Originally Posted by gobicycling View Post
Well, I made it to 83yo today. 22 years more than my dad. Many changes past 3+ years in our lives, but we keep plodding on. Too many of my friends are no longer with us. I still bike, swim, walk, lift weights and stretch - a lot. We should all celebrate birthdays and other occasions. Denver
Good to hear from you, Denver. I'll be 82 next month and still cycling, but less than we used to. Your other fitness activities make me envious, but I lack your motivation. Best wishes.
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Congratulations and happy birthday! Any advice to your younger self?

I wonder if you could share with forum folks what worked for you over the years to stay in shape? How do you maintain your motivation, avoided injuries, followed specific diet or not, any supplements, vitamins. What was your balance between biking, walking/running, swimming, stretching and weights?
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Old 11-08-22, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by rowerek View Post
Congratulations and happy birthday! Any advice to your younger self?

I wonder if you could share with forum folks what worked for you over the years to stay in shape? How do you maintain your motivation, avoided injuries, followed specific diet or not, any supplements, vitamins. What was your balance between biking, walking/running, swimming, stretching and weights?
Wow, that's a lot to handle and think about. I will say that for the past 15 years or so, my wife has had a severe, extremely severe, afternoon and evening pain each day as a result of post herpetic neuralgia, from shingles, and has also had a couple of TIA's these last couple of years. So my life is highly medically oriented around her needs, and my exercise habits are also conditioned by my need to be available and supportive.
Given that, at 85 years old, she rides bicycles, participates in aqua aerobics, and walks regularly. She and I ride bikes together in the neighborhood, and occasionally I get an opportunity for a longer ride.
Neither one of us can sleep well unless we've had sufficient amount of exercise. As I dictate this I am on my inside trainer. I
I am a firm believer that you will not do exercises that you don't enjoy. I am also a creature of habit. I have been following exercise regimes of various sorts for many years, and I enjoy the feel of my body when it is in shape. Neither one of us sits much. As far as nutrition, we eat very little red meat, and lots of fruit. My weight is stable, and in fact, I'll have lost 10 lb this last year on purpose to get me down to 165 with a 5 ft 10 and a half inch frame.
It's important to note that maybe 25 years ago I was at 247 lb s.
Lately I've been taking hmb, I'm not sure it does anything for me. I take vitamin c, D3, folate and assorted other daily supplements.
I have had one cold in the last maybe 15 years, no flu, no covid
Personally I suffer from a very rare disease which means that I have bone material in my lungs. However, it hasn't seemed to slow me down much. I also have trigeminal neuralgia as mentioned previously, and the whole list of other things that happens as you get older. But day to day I don't even notice these. Because of my wife's situation, we have far too much contact with the medical world. We had a disastrous experience with an emergency room this last week, and we filed a Medicare complaint along with a state complaint.
That's about it for now thanks for asking. any errors in this post you can blame on verbal dictation that is not yet perfect.

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Old 11-08-22, 05:54 PM
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Happy 83rd! That's awesome.
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Old 11-08-22, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by rowerek View Post
Congratulations and happy birthday! Any advice to your younger self?

I wonder if you could share with forum folks what worked for you over the years to stay in shape? How do you maintain your motivation, avoided injuries, followed specific diet or not, any supplements, vitamins. What was your balance between biking, walking/running, swimming, stretching and weights?
Wow, that's a lot to handle and think about. I will say that for the past 15 years or so, my wife has had a severe, extremely severe, afternoon pain each day as a result of post herpetic neuralgia, and has also had a couple of TIA's these last couple of years. So my life is highly medically oriented around her needs, and my exercise habits are also conditioned by my need to be available and supportive.
Given that, at 85 years old, she rides bicycles, participates in aqua aerobics, and walks regularly. She and I ride bikes together in the neighborhood, and occasionally I get an opportunity for a longer ride.
Neither one of us can sleep well unless we've had sufficient amount of exercise. As I dictate this I am on my inside trainer. I
I am a firm believer that you will not do exercises that you don't enjoy. I am also a creature of habit. I have been following exercise regimes of various sorts for many years, and I enjoy the feel of my body when it is in shape. Neither one of us sits much. As far as nutrition, we eat very little red meat, and lots of fruit. My weight is stable, and in fact, I'll have lost 10 lb this last year on purpose to give you down to 165 with a 5 ft 10 and a half inch frame.
It's important to note that maybe 35 years ago I was at 247 lb s.
Lately I've been taking hmb, I'm not sure it does anything for me. I take vitamin c D3 fólate and assorted other daily supplements.I have had one cold in the last maybe 15 years, no flu no covid
Personally I suffer from a very rare disease (dendriform pulmonary ossification) which means that I have bone material in my lungs. However, it hasn't seemed to slow me down much. I also have trigeminal neuralgia as mentioned previously, and the whole list of other things that happens as you get older. But day to day I don't even notice these. Because of my wife's situation, we have far too much contact with the medical world. We had a disastrous experience with an emergency room this last week, and it filed a Medicare complaint along with the state complaint. I generally swim four mornings a week for about 40 minutes, ride the trainer almost daily, walk daily, do stretching daily, and do a fairly heavy strength workout every 2 to 3 days. My blood pressure is generally under 120 over 80. That's about it for now thanks for asking. any errors in this post you can blame on verbal dictation that is not yet perfect.

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Old 11-08-22, 06:15 PM
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Geez, what a slacker.
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Originally Posted by gobicycling View Post
Well, I made it to 83yo today. 22 years more than my dad. Many changes past 3+ years in our lives, but we keep plodding on. Too many of my friends are no longer with us. I still bike, swim, walk, lift weights and stretch - a lot. We should all celebrate birthdays and other occasions. Denver
Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Us youngsters love to read posts like yours, which give us hope that we can continue to be active (and cycle) into our 80s and beyond. (I'm only 72.)
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Congratulations on making 83.!!!

Originally Posted by t2p View Post
stay positive and keep on biking !
r.e. -bold Not me, I'm a 72yo pessimist and doubt I'll make 83 because my cancer should kill me before then. One way or the other I will be 100% correct (dead and not worried about making it) or pleasantly surprised and still biking.
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Happy Birthday!!! Hoping to be doing as well on my 83rd! An 82 yr.old friend recently bought his first e-bike. With a replaced knee and developing hip issues, it is allowing him to keep wheels rolling. I thought he should have done it a couple years ago, but he wanted to pedal for as long as he could. His smile is lots bigger while riding now.
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Originally Posted by Artmo View Post
Good to hear from you, Denver. I'll be 82 next month and still cycling, but less than we used to. Your other fitness activities make me envious, but I lack your motivation. Best wishes.
Biggest problem in life......
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Happy Birthday!!! Hoping to be doing as well on my 83rd! An 82 yr.old friend recently bought his first e-bike. With a replaced knee and developing hip issues, it is allowing him to keep wheels rolling. I thought he should have done it a couple years ago, but he wanted to pedal for as long as he could. His smile is lots bigger while riding now.
I'm very fortunate and that my hips and knees are all in great shape and natural
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Please report back in 10 years, because I am certain you will still be putting the rest of us to shame.
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It is always great to hear from you, Denver. Exercise and proper nutrition are the Fountain of Youth, and SAD SAL (Standard American Diet / Sedentary American Lifestyle) is the ticket to disease.

I am 11 years behind you, and I have made a few concessions to aging, mainly in 10% lower gear ratios on the bikes and replacing traditional sidepull calipers with high-leverage dual-caliper Shimano units, for safety. (The improvement in leverage is surprising.)
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SAD SAL. Never seen that but love it. Sounds like a New Yorker expression. “ Oh Salvatore, cheer up.”

The moral to the story above is for everyone to get their Shingrix shots to prevent shingles.
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