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Old 04-27-14, 05:28 AM
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The recovery will take a little longer for sure. The week before I do 2-3 easy rides, 20-30 miles, with a few sprints. After I stretch my body. Enjoy
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Old 05-17-14, 01:04 PM
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As posted in Rides Today, first time didn't get dropped in group 48 miler. Winds 20 MPH but averaged 20.4 South with wind and 19 for entire trip.

Been working with trainer and seems to help. Hooray! What a feeling to ride like the wind with a supportive group.

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Old 05-18-14, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Miami Biker
As posted in Rides Today, first time didn't get dropped in group 48 miler. Winds 20 MPH but averaged 20.4 South with wind and 19 for entire trip.

Been working with trainer and seems to help. Hooray! What a feeling to ride like the wind with a supportive group.

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Congrats-good ride.
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Old 05-27-14, 09:13 AM
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Turned 65 yesterday but couldn't ride because we were driving home from a camping trip at the coast. I do plan on a ride today on my new Specialized Roubaix. We were able to feast on abalone over there because my lungs are in such good shape from biking that I was easily able to get a limit free-diving to about twenty feet.
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Well, I've ridden 148 miles since I turned 65 a little over 2 weeks ago. Last week I retired. Cycling for me has just been reborn.
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Old 06-01-14, 07:29 AM
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Welcome to the "club".
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Old 06-01-14, 05:25 PM
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Welcome to the "club".
Thank you. It's funny that no matter how old you get, you're still the youngest in some sort of group.
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Old 06-02-14, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by rubic
Well, I've ridden 148 miles since I turned 65 a little over 2 weeks ago. Last week I retired. Cycling for me has just been reborn.

Enjoy, after I retired I have spent a lot of time on bikes with other senior riders. A good way to keep fit and mine active.
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Originally Posted by rubic
Well, I've ridden 148 miles since I turned 65 a little over 2 weeks ago. Last week I retired. Cycling for me has just been reborn.
As a cyclist, you're going to like being retired. It's much better than the old tired.
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Old 06-02-14, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by rubic
Thank you. It's funny that no matter how old you get, you're still the youngest in some sort of group.
I know what you mean. When I was in Atlanta I wore this jersey because I was usually the oldest rider. Now that we've retired to FL, I'm usually somewhere in the middle of the pack. I may start wearing it again next December when I turn 70.

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Just keep it up it pays great dividends. I have been riding 30 plus years and still enjoy the experience; mental and physical.
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I'm retiring next year at 72 and a X-county ride is in my plans. There's no use in plopping down in an easy chair and getting planted (6 ft. under) in five years or less.
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did a century yesterday on my fixed gear bike. hot, humid and windy. And flat. I found out "flat" for long distance at constant effort on a fixed gear is harder than riding through rollers!
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Yes, if it would just quit raining, so I could get a ride in. Time is short so I just might go ride in a little rain today
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Originally Posted by bowzette
did a century yesterday on my fixed gear bike. hot, humid and windy. And flat. I found out "flat" for long distance at constant effort on a fixed gear is harder than riding through rollers!
Very impressive and congrats.

No riding for a week while spent time in lovely Michigan. Ann Arbor to see my wife perform, to Royal Oak with friends, to Grand Haven with family and finally to Niles with family. Home tonight and hope to ride tomorrow for a short 40, legs willing. Best to all Dads.
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Mr. Miami I wouldn't have "impressed" you today-lol. That ride last Saturday really wore me out. I didn't realize it until Sunday evening and Monday. Took off all last week except easy 1 hour rides on the trainer Tuesday and Wednesday. Rode my geared bike today with the Usual Suspects on the Saturday Fast Social (misnamed) Ride. I did fine to the half way store stop and then limped home with my tail between my legs all alone It's going to take another week to recover. No Go Juice in the legs and body. And no more long efforts in the heat and humidity by this old buzzard. Fifty/sixty miles will be my limit until it cools off. Today was 53 miles-half having fun and half getting to smell the roses solo.
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Old 06-17-14, 02:50 PM
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Did my usual 35+ mile route today.
On my way to the Withlacoochee Trail some young hot shot (appeared to be mid-50s or younger) shot past me at a blind intersection where I'd stopped to check for traffic. Reminded me of the idiots in Atlanta who think cars will always stop for them regardless. Anyway, he stayed about 50 feet ahead of me until we got to the 6% grade hill. I passed him like he was standing still before we were half way up the hill. He finally caught up with me about a mile down the road, again when I slowed at an intersection where I could see traffic "blocking" the crossing. He shot past me again. I guess I'll see him as a hood ornament one of these days.
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Old 07-13-14, 07:43 AM
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Well, I guess 68 gets me in. It is going to be a 100 here today. Think I will leave the bike in the garage.
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I count the time I spent in the womb so I am 70. Is there an upper limit here.
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Old 07-15-14, 10:03 AM
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Well, I guess 68 gets me in. It is going to be a 100 here today. Think I will leave the bike in the garage.
Why not do what many of us FL folks do and leave early (6AM, 7AM) for your ride? That way you're home before it gets REALLY hot.
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You know, I have tried the early morning thing a few times, but since do still work, I felt a little cramped for time. Just didn't seem to enjoy the ride like I do in the afternoons. Most days, I get off at 3:00 PM, and am on the road by 3:30 and have until whenever to stop. Just like the freedom.
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You're posting in the 65-85+ thread and you still work!!
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Originally Posted by RonH
You're posting in the 65-85+ thread and you still work!!
I'm still working at 71 but this is my last year and next spring I'm off on a cross country jaunt.
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Hi Gals and Guys,
I've only been on board the forum since the end of last month and I finally went exploring the various sections. I know this is an old thread but I'm wearing old threads every day HaHa and I figured I better join before I reach the cut-off age.
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Old 08-11-14, 02:20 AM
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Louis:

Like you, I'm still working at 72. Right now I'm in Lund, Sweden, where my wife has a 1-room 5th-floor walk-up apartment she has kept from student days (i.e. a half-century ago), packing to return to work and home from this summer's adventure: 4,000 km (2,500 mi) fully-loaded solo through eastern Europe and Turkey from the Baltic Coast to Tbilisi, Georgia (Republic of). I really, really, meant to post my progress on this forum, but I always have trouble logging on: sorry about that. Did the trip on a Bike Friday.

It was a good trip except for the first day, in Poland, when it was raining heavily and my maps were out-of-date and useless and the sand was deep and the hills were steep and the cobblestones, if I was lucky enough to find some, were rough. A bit nerve-wracking, too, in Turkey, where the trucks were legion and I had to ride through about 30 tunnels, up to 4 km long. I'll try to post some photos.
Hah! it worked. First one is Lutherstadt Wittenberg, second is Dresden Neumarkt Platz, the third is the beginning of the spectacular scenery along the Elbe R as you enter Czech Republic. I'll post some from the later part of the trip when I've shrunk the files.
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