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Old 08-21-23, 04:17 AM
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I Just Turned 50 Today...

... And I ain't got a goddarn idea what to do about it.
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Old 08-21-23, 04:26 AM
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The day is young. Ride your age, in miles vs them killy things. 😏. Ride to the sea and watch the waves.
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Old 08-21-23, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Prowler
The day is young. Ride your age, in miles vs them killy things. 😏. Ride to the sea and watch the waves.
It's about 1:30 PM and 102 F outside. I rode almost a whole mile this morning when it was still just 93 F and spent all of my last $17.40 on some basic groceries. It was deadly fun.
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Old 08-21-23, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir
... And I ain't got a goddarn idea what to do about it.
Coast...it's all downhill from here.

(just kidding, although I did have to lower the gearing on my bikes to placate my knees)
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Make a plan to do your BD 50 xx ride ASAP and celebrate the day with 5 of your fav drinks or foods for the decades.
(xx is your distance units ml or km of choice
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Old 08-21-23, 08:39 AM
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You made it! Welcome to the club!
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You have at least 10 years before things really start to go downhill. Enjoy!
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I found turning 50 to be the hardest. At 30 I think I was still eager to be a "real adult". It kind of bothered me when I turned 40, but not really. 50 hit me really hard. By the time I turned 60, it was no big deal again. Is it resignation, maturity, wisdom now? I'm not sure. But at 50....there's just something about the reality of that time of life.
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Well, ya took the first step and joined this forum!! Welcome! Only another 15 and you can join more of us.
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Amazon "Fast After 50". I've been following Joe's advice since I was 45.
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir
... And I ain't got a goddarn idea what to do about it.
What you should do is pay no attention to the posters who tell you what "We" are supposed to do upon reaching 50 or any other arbitrary point in life. This includes all gratuitous advice related to how, when, where or why you should or should not ride your bicycle.

Do what feels right for you, there is no need to crowdsource advice from strangers about what you should do, ever.
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I didn't get the idea that the OP was asking for advice. More like a rumination....
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Originally Posted by MinnMan
I didn't get the idea that the OP was asking for advice. More like a rumination....
True; but that didn't/won't stop the usual suspects from giving the same old, same old BF 50+ advice about what "We" should do to ride a bicycle properly as they do.
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Happy birthday!
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
True; but that didn't/won't stop the usual suspects from giving the same old, same old BF 50+ advice about what "We" should do to ride a bicycle properly as they do.
got it.

It also hasn't stopped the "I'm pretending this isn't advice" advice.
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If you haven't already, this is an opportunity to begin the ride your age tradition, though you might want to wait for survivable temps. Recruit some friends and have a little celebration. Each year you can lament how much harder it was than the year before. If you are still riding at 70, take a bow and switch to km!
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I graduated from college at 52. Yes, after the children completed their degrees....LOL!!
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
True; but that didn't/won't stop the usual suspects from giving the same old, same old BF 50+ advice about what "We" should do to ride a bicycle properly as they do.
And it obviously won't stop you from your usual complaints.
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Weird that someone would object to fun suggestions for marking this milestone.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
What you should do is pay no attention to the posters who tell you what "We" are supposed to do upon reaching 50 or any other arbitrary point in life. This includes all gratuitous advice related to how, when, where or why you should or should not ride your bicycle.

Do what feels right for you, there is no need to crowdsource advice from strangers about what you should do, ever.
A bit ironic really
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I just turned 50 last week. But now suddenly I appear to.be 55! The clock seems to have sped up this decade, which is a bit of a worry. Good news is Iím still feeling much the same.

Happy birthday and enjoy your 6th decade!
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Old 08-22-23, 10:13 AM
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Wait until you get a good deal older, Pete. There's a whole personality inside me that's still 22 or 23, and monopolizes my thinking. Meanwhile, my back is aching from a road trip I just came back from.

And the 22 year old is telling me not to end a sentence with a preposition....
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Originally Posted by big john
You have at least 10 years before things really start to go downhill. Enjoy!
Having spent the first 3 months of this year in either a hospital or a rehab facility, during which time I turned 58, I have to take issue with that assertion.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
A bit ironic really
Yeah. It's like saying "The next time someone tells you to think for yourself, here's what I want you to tell them...."
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