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Old 12-28-06, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee
I only get worried, and a bit depressed, when I start lapping myself.
For some reason I caught a really scary visual on that. . .
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Old 12-28-06, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by terry b
It has nothing to do with age, but has a lot to do with reality. There will always be someone faster than you are, regardless of their place on the age continuum. And there will be plenty of slower ones too.
While the above is absolutely true, another truth also occurs to me. There are far greater numbers of folks who do much less in terms of exercise than those of us who ride. You sir, are way ahead of them no matter what their age.
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Old 12-28-06, 05:03 PM
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Living in a VERY rural area, I almost never see another rider. At 60, I don't have a competitive bone left in my body. The only semblance of competition for me is getting up the next hill and enjoying the ride.
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Old 12-28-06, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Bill
Heh, heh!!! Seriously though, lots of good observations in this thread. This is my first post on this forum. I guess I'm officially qualified since I just turned 50.
It depends. Do you like Blueberry Pie?
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Old 12-28-06, 06:39 PM
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It helps to do your road riding on a mountain bike. Of course they pass me, they're riding a Madone 5.2 and I'm on a Gary Fisher Wahoo with road slicks.

If I were riding Floyd Landis' bike it would be no different, but the mountain bike is a GREAT excuse. So is the oxygen canister I drag behind me.

Now gents, seriously: I've noticed good improvement, for me, on my biking. I've been doing a 14-19 mile loop with 800-1000 of climbing, and I now get up the hills without shifting into my granny gear or maxing out my heart rate. I'm pleased with this.

However, I am just flat out wasted for one to two days after these trips. Not sore, not achey, and not tired in the legs. We're talking sleep for 12 hours a day exhausted.

Do you guys experience this? And can we train out of it at our age (I'm 54)?
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Old 12-28-06, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by The Weak Link
And can we train out of it at our age (I'm 54)?
I didn't even START riding unbtil I was 58 (I am 67 now).

Of course you can train out of it or whatever.

I was riding the Ride the Rockies (350 miles of Colorado passes) three and one-half months after I started riding.

54 is YOUNG!
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Old 12-28-06, 07:15 PM
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I'm 54 too and ride a notoriously slow bike too (trek navigator that's been very slightly modified) I ride some similar loops. Guaranteed, If I can do that without being beat for two days after, you can too. It took me about six months to get where I was comfortable doing that sort of ride at what feels like a good pace to me.
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Old 12-28-06, 09:01 PM
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I'm 50 and could care less who passes me. Don't give a crap. I ride my bike because I like to ride my bike. If it bothers you that other people are faster than you, then you have a problem far more serious than your age.
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Old 12-28-06, 09:21 PM
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Plain fact is that I'm slower than I used to be. Also not as thin. Or dark haired. I could train harder and harder still, but would still be slower than that younger me of some years ago.

However...........I have perhaps more fun these days now that I near 60. I tend to actually look up and around me more often, stop at scenic overlooks, etc. I don't see other riders as "the enemy" to be caught and passed. Not that I wouldn't like to blaze up the road, but it just doesn't seem so critically important these days.

If you need an analogy....I consider myself a sport touring bike these days, rather than a racer.
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Old 12-28-06, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by The Weak Link

However, I am just flat out wasted for one to two days after these trips. Not sore, not achey, and not tired in the legs. We're talking sleep for 12 hours a day exhausted.

Do you guys experience this? And can we train out of it at our age (I'm 54)?
I get pretty tired after a long, hard ride. I did some centuries this year with 11-12,000 feet of climbing, and I'm a slow climber at 210#, but there were guys older than my 52 years who beat me by HOURS. Oh, yeah, a 55 year old woman dropped me on a late climb, too, so there is hope for us if we keep at it.
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Old 12-29-06, 07:02 PM
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A few years ago I read an article about a 30ish guy who did the Ride(or was it race?) Across Indiana. He said he did very well with the ride and as I remember it, he was impressed by how well he handled the rolling hills on the ride. The only downside to his ride? His father had beaten him.

As the saying goes "I'd rather be over the hill than buried under it." As far as I'm concerned anyone over fifty that rides a bike is miles ahead of the multitudes that don't. And bike miles are good miles
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Old 12-30-06, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Do you like Blueberry Pie?
Sykerocker -- Welcome to our forum. You will read a lot of posts by DnvrFox and hear a lot about PIE, especially favored seems to be blueberry. But many of us have come to accept a frequent feeding of Humble PIE. Those of us with pride, cycling fantasies, etc still find inspiration in chasing & passing most of the youngsters.

Cycle on dude.
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Old 12-30-06, 01:06 PM
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>>> Coming to grips with age and reality

The real heartrending tragedy here is that we're at the time of life when most of us have more time to spend in the saddle and can look forward to the crushing burden of even MORE time there. The pathos. . .the misery. . .the heartbreak.

You know, the endorphin high is at least as good now as it was the first time I triggered it.
 
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The guy would probably bonk at about 23.4 mi.
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However, I am just flat out wasted for one to two days after these trips. Not sore, not achey, and not tired in the legs. We're talking sleep for 12 hours a day exhausted.

Do you guys experience this? And can we train out of it at our age (I'm 54)?[/QUOTE]

After several days of riding I experience the same thing.

One thing that has tremendously helped me recover has been the dietary changes prescribed by a nutritionist. He increased my calories in relation to my activity levels, changed the foods I eat and started me on an extensive supplement program. I'm 60.
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee
I only get worried, and a bit depressed, when I start lapping myself.
DG,

We had an appraisal instruction sheet in our office once. It was a grid mapping capabilities in areas such as communication. Your statement reminds me of the two lowest boxes under communication:
  • argues with himself
  • loses arguments with himself
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Old 12-30-06, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by robtown
DG,

We had an appraisal instruction sheet in our office once. It was a grid mapping capabilities in areas such as communication. Your statement reminds me of the two lowest boxes under communication:
  • argues with himself
  • loses arguments with himself


I resemble that remark!
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Originally Posted by card
After several days of riding I experience the same thing.

One thing that has tremendously helped me recover has been the dietary changes prescribed by a nutritionist. He increased my calories in relation to my activity levels, changed the foods I eat and started me on an extensive supplement program. I'm 60.
I have a horrible sweet tooth. Is unlimited sugar and chocolate products on your diet?
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Old 12-31-06, 12:52 PM
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One thing age should bring is an end to worrying about someone else being faster or doing more miles. Y'all really need to get over this. No sense being first to the grave, is there? bk
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Originally Posted by bkaapcke
One thing age should bring is an end to worrying about someone else being faster or doing more miles. Y'all really need to get over this. No sense being first to the grave, is there? bk
Which makes me think of those folks who have to have the largest headstone, monument, etc. For some people, it even goes beyond the grave!
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee
Which makes me think of those folks who have to have the largest headstone, monument, etc. For some people, it even goes beyond the grave!
If you can't take it with you, you might as well spend it on the headstone....
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Re: headstones, someone observed that families often put large headstones on top of their dearly, sometimes thankfully, departed to insure they stayed put.
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Yeah it is humbling to get left like that.

Probably why I get into the longer distance stuff. I am in fair shape but can't keep up on hills in rides under 100km. However when you get into all day rides some of the "kids" start hanging on my wheel.
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Originally Posted by richc
I'm 50 and could care less who passes me. Don't give a crap. I ride my bike because I like to ride my bike. If it bothers you that other people are faster than you, then you have a problem far more serious than your age.
Yep, it's called I'm not ready to get old yet. And still have too many wonderful memories of cycling back in the 70's during my glam rock days. H**l, I probably spent as much time Sunday morning working on my makeup as I did fine tuning the bike.
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Originally Posted by sykerocker
Yep, it's called I'm not ready to get old yet.
Then why're you posting in the Fifty Plus (50+) forums, then?
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