Signs of old age

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cotterpins
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Re: Signs of old age

Postby cotterpins » 4 Aug 2019, 4:58pm

Still cycling at 85, but, only on the machine in the garage. Keeps "erindoors" happy, not too happy about it myself, but gets me a bit of exercise.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby fausto copy » 4 Aug 2019, 5:41pm

So, you're now 'im-indoors. :lol:

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby hondated » 5 Aug 2019, 10:56am

:lol:
bigjim wrote:Being on this forum. :)

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby al_yrpal » 5 Aug 2019, 1:23pm

Climate concience...willing to give up flying, worried about eating meat, keen on solar panels and electric cars. :) Hates Top Gear and F1

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby Audax67 » 5 Aug 2019, 1:37pm

A couple of months back I was only 72 but since the cardiologist inflicted beta-blockers on me at the end of May I've aged at least 10 years.

In the process of "protecting" your life they destroy all the pleasure in it.
Have we got time for another cuppa?

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby Cugel » 5 Aug 2019, 4:52pm

cooper_coleraine wrote:I'm 81 and cycle everyday. When younger I was competitive. Today I was passed by a youth on a rattling mountain bike. Wait for it! He was smoking a cigarette. I put on a little speed but he went away from me. Hard to come to terms with ageing!


You're as young as who you're thrusting with!

When living in NW England I went out with the older lads from the local racing club, often including a younger element of 40-50 year olds besides we truly olde pharts of 60-odd to 80. The 80 year old is by no means the slowest in such outings and can see-orf not just the likes of me, a mere 70 year-old and still quite fit, but also some of the much younger element. No doubt this is due to his riding a bike hundreds of miles every month since he was 3 (or thereabouts ... perhaps it was 13).

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He's dropped me more than once, especially on the longer runs of 60 miles or more, when he still has go at the end and I divnae. And he does it, these days, with an artificial hip, got after another cyclist knocked him off in Spain where he winters.

Here, then, is an example to us all, including fag-sucking yoofs on MTBs, who he will sail past with a smile, especially if he's had a paracetamol for the hip ache that morning. :-)

Cugel, happy in Wales but missing club riding.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby Cugel » 5 Aug 2019, 5:06pm

Here's another one.

I met this old lad at the top of The Trough of Bowland, returning home on a 60 miler from Clitheroe around and through The Bowland Fells. He told me he was 80-summick (can't remember exactly what the summick was) and often did such jaunts. He'd come up and over Jubilee Tower before The Trough and was planning to also go back over Waddy Fell. These are not insignificant climbs!

80 - still thrusting-1-2.jpg


Another one that'd done decades in a racing club; but still touring as well as doing his solo day-jaunts. Inspiring really.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby bigjim » 5 Aug 2019, 5:46pm

I'm getting a bit wary of hard exercise and old age these days. More so when I read about Luciano Berruti. he is a bit of a hero/legend in the L'eroica circles. Tremendously lean, fit and active. Riding a very old bike in rough terrain. He died of a heart attack last year while out on the bike. He was 73! Not old by modern or my standards.
Up to last year I regularly did 85 to 110 mile club runs. It always took me a few days to feel good again. So I was losing a couple of active days every week. I've dropped them now and not done any distance stuff for a while. A lot of that due to family demands. But I feel much healthier, more energy and I can get out every day for the gym, or a run or a ride.
Nothing left to prove.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby cooper_coleraine » 6 Aug 2019, 5:05pm

Thanks for all your responses and the sense of mutual encouragement.
Cheers

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby ferrit worrier » 6 Aug 2019, 5:47pm

I fancy having a crack at the record for the oldest to ride the end to end. The drawback is I'll have to wait another 17 years :lol:
Percussive maintainance, if it don't fit, hit it with the hammer.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby fausto copy » 6 Aug 2019, 9:39pm

Being absolutely knackered after digging in the garden for an hour......
when I used to be able to do it all day. :(

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby Mike_Ayling » 7 Aug 2019, 11:19pm

cotterpins wrote:Still cycling at 85, but, only on the machine in the garage. Keeps "erindoors" happy, not too happy about it myself, but gets me a bit of exercise.


I used to see Sir Hubert Opperman on one of our local bike paths then Lady O indoors got him onto the bike in the garage where afaicr he had his final heart attack.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby bigjim » 8 Aug 2019, 8:44am

Mike_Ayling wrote:
cotterpins wrote:Still cycling at 85, but, only on the machine in the garage. Keeps "erindoors" happy, not too happy about it myself, but gets me a bit of exercise.


I used to see Sir Hubert Opperman on one of our local bike paths then Lady O indoors got him onto the bike in the garage where afaicr he had his final heart attack.

Mike

I'll bet he'd rather have ended his days on the cycle path. :)
Nothing left to prove.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby cotterpins » 8 Aug 2019, 8:04pm

Audax67 wrote:A couple of months back I was only 72 but since the cardiologist inflicted beta-blockers on me at the end of May I've aged at least 10 years.

In the process of "protecting" your life they destroy all the pleasure in it.



I've been on a handful of medications since I was 64, Olmesartan, Bisoprolol, Metformin, Aspirin, Pravastatin for 21 years, and it don't seem a day too long, but, when we moved to this house situated on a main road that's when she suggested that the roads were not ideal in the last couple of years. So it's indoor/garage riding now . . . the suggestion that washing-up, and decorating would help to keep fit somehow fell on deaf ears . . . hence the hearing aids! It was all the cyclists riding passed using the pavements that didn't help my case!

Having a "rattling good day" is about the size of it.