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Old 08-09-11, 04:57 PM
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You too, huh?
The new way to beat the (broken) system.
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Old 08-09-11, 09:14 PM
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Five years ago, I was a fat heart attack sitting on the couch, waiting to happen.
Am I now -5000 hard, honest miles later- a fit heart attack sitting on a bike, waiting to happen?
I don't know but guess which way I'd rather go?

All I know is I work with kids half my age who are awed by the 15 miles rides I consider to be "just staying loose".

I'm not buying that I'm any kind of role model for the kids today and I don't care to be. Live your own life, I say.
But if any choose to be inspired, that's OK too.
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Old 08-10-11, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by sarals View Post
I just don't see where because a "senior" is fit it's going to make him/her less credible to a young person.

Almost everyone I ride/run/swim/play with is a grandparent. Their grand kids seem to hold them in the same light and as reverently as anyone else's grand kids. I think the notion that we're perceived as looking down on growing old by youngsters is wrong. Quite the contrary. I take care of myself, and I'm complemented and even respected by young folks because I do. That's an aspect, it's not the whole story.
Most of the people I ride with are also grandparents. Like me, several are also great grandparents.

My grandchildren are always complimenting me on my fitness. Several of their friends say they wish their grandparents were able to do the things I do with mine. I've taken them on several biking trips with me and they've loved it. Unfortunately they're now busy with college or starting families of their own and no longer take trips with me but I'm saving the bike trailer for those great grandchildren
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Old 08-10-11, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
Most of the people I ride with are also grandparents. Like me, several are also great grandparents.

My grandchildren are always complimenting me on my fitness. Several of their friends say they wish their grandparents were able to do the things I do with mine. I've taken them on several biking trips with me and they've loved it. Unfortunately they're now busy with college or starting families of their own and no longer take trips with me but I'm saving the bike trailer for those great grandchildren
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Old 08-10-11, 09:39 AM
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With time, fitness & ability erode. Guts endures. Big ups to Diana Nyad.
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Old 08-10-11, 10:29 AM
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Enthusiastic cheers from here. She
  • set a goal,
  • prepared,
  • persevered against adversity,
  • gave up when continuing would have been foolish,
  • lived on for further grand adventures.
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Old 09-23-11, 07:25 PM
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Apparently, she's off and running (swimming?) again:

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7...a-florida-swim
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Old 09-23-11, 08:16 PM
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If I see her, I'm gonna be sure and wave to her!
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Old 09-24-11, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
I surrender! Just trying to show the bigger picture, but I'm not doing so well...

PS - please understand that I am not against excercise, fitiness, or riding! Just the pushing beyond our limits in endurance competition events. There are far more important things to do than that....
Sooooo ... if one's limit is the point at which injury or worse may occur, and one shouldn't push beyond one's limits, that implies one should be able to know what one's limits are. How can you know that if you are uninjured? Or is it a simple mathematical function? That after 29 hours in the water "something, just watch out!" will go wrong? I don't believe one can know where one's limits UNTIL one finds them. I don't think that philosophy holds together.
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Old 09-24-11, 06:41 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/strengthening-...230405067.html

She has picked up the pace.
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Old 09-24-11, 07:58 PM
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As for being too old for endurance events: A good elder friend of mine once said, "As soon as you give yourself permission to grow old, you do."

Go, Diana!
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Old 09-24-11, 09:27 PM
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Her website reported that she seemed to revive significantly after consuming blended chicken soup.
Works every time... I'm tellin' ya.
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Old 09-25-11, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
What doesn't make the newspapers is all the people who die on their sofa with a Krispy Kreme doughnut in one hand and a remote control in the other.
Excellent point, but I didn't think Krispy Kreme was still around.
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Old 09-25-11, 09:42 AM
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Not participating in the "Death Ride" and miss the view at the top of Ebbets Pass? Not here. I'm wearing that jersey in the avatar proudly.
I will continue to strive to accomplish, stop when my body tells me, push until it does. Keeping the doctors and drugs at bay through fitness is a worthy message to pass to generations behind. If they desire any additional wisdom, they best grab my wheel and start asking questions. I'll be happy to answer as we climb Grandfather Mountain...
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Old 09-25-11, 10:15 AM
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Curses! Foiled again!

MIAMI - Endurance athlete Diana Nyad ended her swimming ultramarathon from Cuba to Florida on Sunday after medics warned another painful sting from a Portuguese Man o' War could be life threatening, Nyad team members said.

Something tells me she will keep trying until she makes it. Go Diana!
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Old 09-25-11, 10:19 AM
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Excellent point, but I didn't think Krispy Kreme was still around.
Maybe not where you live. http://locations.krispykreme.com/

Still very popular here, and one fundraising method I refuse to participate in, even when my son's HS band sells them.
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Old 09-25-11, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
Sooooo ... if one's limit is the point at which injury or worse may occur, and one shouldn't push beyond one's limits, that implies one should be able to know what one's limits are. How can you know that if you are uninjured? Or is it a simple mathematical function? That after 29 hours in the water "something, just watch out!" will go wrong? I don't believe one can know where one's limits UNTIL one finds them. I don't think that philosophy holds together.
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