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That said, if folks depend on you and you have the great fortune to be loved, don't frivolously endanger you life for a quick thrill. I don't squeeze every ounce of speed out of every downhill curve like I used to because the risk outweighs the reward. I don't challenge every car at every intersection when I riding home after work each day because I can't afford not to get home.
Play hard but be smart. Take risks on race day but you have to get to the startline in one piece. And don't be a prick to those that love you and want you in their lives for as long as possible.
There's a balance point there; you just have to find it.
(add your own platitude here: )
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Fossil carbon is planetary poison.
Since being cleared to partake in althletic events again, I have completed 2 5Ks, 1 10K, a distance (1-mile) swim and a swim meet. I am currently signed up for two triathlons, a 5K, a 10K, a 40K time trial, and a biathlon (run/swim) between now and the end of June.
Keep on keepin' on.
I am 42 and I have people call me for advice about what to buy here at my business (bodyboarding internet store) and I have guys that are like 35 call me and say, "I'm not young any more, and I can't bodyboard like I used to....blah, blah, blah", and I want to say, "just get in shape and you'll be fine!".
Male ego. :) I love the attention :) When I was 30 everyone thought I was 40 now at 58 everyone thinks I am 48. I have to admint the Hawaii weather is a major factor. I moved out here 25 years ago from MI (lived on a dirt road) where I was a couch potato.
Thanks again Lauren for your kind comments. My family in MI thinks we are just too skinny. We must be unhealthy. Bring it on!
As every one has said NO WAY your to old!
My best buddy Henric and I (Iím 47 heís 51) last fall were just ripping down a trail here in bend, Way up high in the Cascades. and Iím thinkín man if he stacks Iím just going to drill him. But he didnít and I didnít and it was the best ride I had all season. I think about it some but it never stops me from ripín down a sweet single-track, witch we have a ton of.
So donít worry your not to old, but they may be?
Lifeís short ride hard!
I broke my collarbone in a spill 2 years ago at the ripe old age of 35.
My wife was and is still very concerned when I ride the roads, but wives are like that.
Just point out the health benefits and that you likely don't look like your typical 50-something.
I changed careers [drastically!] in my later 30's - not too old for that - and caught up and passed those in my new career quickly. I will turn 53 in a few months - am recovering from an ankle fractured snowboarding (switched from skiing to boarding in my mid-40's - not too old for that), and am recovering as rapidly as I did from ski accident 25 years ago. Have been marathoning etc for years, and always train with many people much younger than I, and still manage to hold my own.
Aging demands a different approach to training, one that is tailored to age - increased focus on flexibility, enhanced attention to periodization, etc - but nothing is better for minimizing age-related declines than cross-training, e.g. triathlon. Don't give in to those who tell you you're too old to do anything. Those comments are more related to projections of their fears and inertia than of reality.
I remember hearing he had a crash of his own a while back, and there was something oddly reassuring about seeing his 72 year old self back racing last summer and putting the fear of losing to the Old Guy back into the 30-39 AGers.
Sure it's funny till somebody gets hurt...then it's hilarious.
My wife and kids are incredibly supportive, but my extended family still thinks I'm nuts. Not the good kind of nuts, like, "wow, that's crazy. good for him." They honestly don't get it. Grown men shouldn't act this way. At 44-years old, they want to know when I will stop this foolishness. They've asked every year since I was 29. It is as if they are embarrassed for me. (I won't even mention the shaved legs issue)
What began and continues for my own pleasure has grown into something more important, however. I have two young sons who now take for granted a lifetime filled with health and activity. They don't know anything different. They discuss remaining active into their old age as a simple reality. They just naturally assume they will be running across the Grand Canyon when they are 70.
I still do this for the fun - smoking a 27-year old in a 10K is fun, working on my swim is (a masochistic) fun, feeling that groove in a paceline is beyond fun. But what keeps me going is knowing that in a single generation I've ended a familial mindset of sedentary apathy. Will I still be as active as possible into my 50s, 60s and beyond? You bet your ass.
Just remember, everything in moderation! And if you are going to push the envelope, learn to handle your bike better.
18x Ironman, 3x Hawaii
US Army (Ret.), Vietnam Vet ('71-'72)
Why thank you, thank you very much. :-)
I am honored to just be able to line up with them and start on the same cannon blast.
As well you should be. ;-)
While doing well against all you other mean cuss's is nice, I still get a lot of joy of passing up all those 30-somethings. It's like dessert after every meal every time I come up on some guy with a 30-something on his calf. :-)
Behold the turtle! He makes progess only when he sticks his neck out. (James Bryant Conant)
GET OFF THE F*%KING WALL!!!!!!! (Doug Stern)
Brevity is the soul of wit. (William Shakespeare)