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Nick A

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04/03/2014 10:03 AM
Oy, whadda pain. I got my first USCF license in 1981. Now, I'm 47. Nobody warned me! Tired, less energy, more aches and pains. Things don't heal as quickly... Nick
Keith Richards

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04/03/2014 10:19 AM
I turned 46 last month.

Just back on the bike seriously for the first time since my car accident in June of '13.

I already pinched a nerve in my shoulder and my lower back is killing me. Ahh, feels good to be back...not.

But the improvements in form are happening quickly, as they always have for me. My usual beginning of season position re-assessment is paying of nicely. Unless my position makes it easy for me to pedal with power all the way through the stroke, I can't ride well. I focus on riding well first, fast second.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
THE SKINNY

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04/03/2014 10:56 AM
i ache in the places that i used to play - leonard cohen
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
jacques_anquetil

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04/03/2014 10:58 AM
it's a slow taper towards death, my friends, a slow taper.
zootracer

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04/03/2014 11:34 AM
You guys are just kids. I turn 72 this August. Age is just a state of mind (I'll try to remember it next morning when I get out of bed).
Orange Crush

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04/03/2014 12:18 PM
I did three commuting days this week and feel like I am slammed into a wall :-(

These Florida vacation trips keep killing me. Before we went things were humming along. I guess a week of sunny weather and drinking pina coladas is just more than this 49yr old body can handle. grrrr
THE SKINNY

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04/03/2014 12:23 PM
i'm stuck either on the couch or at my desk for 4 more weeks nursing a broken foot. 49 is screaming upon me fast. i'm curious to see how much it's going to hurt doing a loop on the mtb (or walking around the block for that matter). when i first started having joint pain as a result of my lyme's disease, i wasn't sure if it was the disease or just getting old since i've never been this old before so i'm not sure how i'm supposed to feel.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Nick A

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04/03/2014 12:36 PM
Yeah. I feel SO guilty about razzing the old guys straining their skinny tubulars with extra weight when I was teenager. Karma is a biatch!

1) Good Leonard Cohen quote.
2) Slow taper towards death. Nice. That's my kinda humor (NOT sarcastic).
3) Keith. My bars are getting quite close in height to my saddle. I may seriously just go triple. It is what it is.

I also haven't ridden a ton lately. I'm pursuing my mid life crisis of building a vintage race car. Cycling, comes and goes, but always, always, always makes a comeback in my life. Since the freedom of riding "downtown" with the banana seat bike in the '70's.

Nick
KootnaMoots

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04/03/2014 01:04 PM
Kwitchur bellyachin' I had my first license in 1951 and just turned 81 Mar 31. You think you have aches and pains at 47 you just wait. Handle bars raise, ya look for a wider seat and ya lower it a bit so it is easier on the knees. The big thing is keeping motivated. There are times ya just don't want to put yourself through your aches afterward. But ya gotta do it. I hit the pavement 5 months ago due to not eating enough and the Dr. told me that if I was not in shape it would have been worse. The ache in the hip finally went away but being in shape I did not break it. I also ride a Moots psycloX Ybbeat and That has helped the ride comfort. Arkansas does not have great roads. So, keep on keeping on and ride your bike
Jer
Keith Richards

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04/03/2014 01:28 PM
Nick A...tell me more about the vintage car project.

I am working on a 1968 Spitfire myself. Working on wiring right now...upgrading the generator (23 A max) with a GM alternator (70 A) with the according wiring mods.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
vtguy

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04/03/2014 01:31 PM
Thanks, KootnaMoots. I gotta show your post to Mrs. vtguy. A new Moots could be the secret to combating the aging process.
Pin0Q0

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04/03/2014 01:50 PM
When I grow up I only wish to be like you KootnaMoots. Had a double hernia operation In December and turned 50 in March. I have been freaking out lately as I have not ridden since December due to crappy weather and not knowing how the surgery and turning 50 would feel on the bike.

Friends have told me that as soon as they had turned fifty they noticed a huge difference in their body. I’ve been gyming it all winter and finally managed to get out last night for the first time this year, and to a nice surprise felt damn good on the bike - 30 miles averaging just over 20mph. Legs hummed like a freaking freight train last night but was worth every hummm knowing I still can. I think at our age it is very hard to jump back on once you’ve been off.
Spud

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04/03/2014 03:55 PM
Turn 59 in December. Still love to ride as often as I can. Although I find my self behind the camera some days, when I should be on the saddle. Nick I've been through the car phase, myself. Restored and sold this little gem.

Oldfart

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04/03/2014 04:12 PM
56 here. Rode with some children Tuesday night on local North Shore trails. Shit those 20 and 30 somethings go hard. Pulse alarm went off multiple times at 185. I know some of those boys were born after I started riding a mountain bike thirty one years ago.
Oldfart

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04/03/2014 04:13 PM
Posted By Andy Eunson on 04/03/2014 04:12 PM
56 here. Rode with some children Tuesday night on local North Shore trails. Shit those 20 and 30 somethings go hard. Pulse alarm went off multiple times at 185. And those arseholes were talking!  I know some of those boys were born after I started riding a mountain bike thirty one years ago.


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