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You know you're getting old when...(48 posts)

You know you're getting old when...PaulCL
Sep 20, 2001 9:07 AM
...you wake up in the morning with pain, but didn't do anything to deserve it! Am I falling apart at age 39?? I woke up Monday morning with, what felt like a pulled back muscle. It's made it very hard to function and impossible to ride all week.

My sixty year old uncle defines old age as getting aches and pains without moving.

Sorry, just a rant. The coming autumn has hurt my riding time anyway, but this sucks. It seemed that just a month ago, it was light at 6am, now its' still dark at 7am. Autumn really cuts into my early AM ride time.
ditto on the darkness...sucks! (nm)Roxy
Sep 20, 2001 9:19 AM
re: You know you're getting old when...John Evans
Sep 20, 2001 9:28 AM
I'm in the same boat, 39, back hurts in the morning, knees sound like rusty door hinges. Like that Foxworthy guy: You know you're getting old when...

You see any album on tv and you want it.
You call a cd an album.
You wonder if those mattresses they advertise would help your back.
You?ve ever said, ?Kids today?, ?Go back and close that door?, or ?Don?t run through the house?.

BTW does anyone know if those mattresses that they advertise will help your back?
For a bad back..UncleMoe
Sep 20, 2001 10:14 AM
Several years ago and almost out of the blue, I began getting severe back pain during my sleep. I would wake up at 2:00 am with what felt like were knives in by back. After trips to the doctor and Chiropractor, I finally decided a semi-new age approach.

I bought one of those "Inversion Tables" that they sell at Relax the Back Store and The Healthy Back. IT cost about $400 (maybe down to $350 now). Basically, you strap your ankles into these boots, lean back on the table and you flip upside down. Basically reverse traction.

Within 2-3 weeks I was back to normal. For the past three years I have been almost pain free and I only invert once a week now for about 10 minutes.

Not a guarantee it'll work for everyone, but I was tired of paying $150 per month for a Chiropractor and my Dr just said that I was getting old (At age 31!)

Be sure to buy a solid one though. They sell in some mail order cat's for $150. Don't buy those. You DO NOT want to fall over while strapped in or have it crumble on top of you.
any tips for hips?quinroo
Sep 20, 2001 11:10 AM
i'm just a young'un (19), but i had a big injury while dancing a few years ago that left me with an injured sacroliac (sp?) joint and a hip that slipped out of alignment. its back in alignment now, but sometimes i still get lower back/hip pain. i know that i need to strengthen my abs, but anyone know any good stretches, exercizes especially for hip joints?
More advice for back pain...Spinchick
Sep 20, 2001 10:19 AM
I've had two herniated disks. The most important thing I've done to avoid this happening again (and to avoid pain) is LOT's of ab work. Crunches, crunches and more crunches. It's amazing what having stronger abs can do to help your back. Makes sense though...the stronger your abs are, the less your back has to work for any twisting and bending activities.
re: You know you're getting old when:Ken56
Sep 20, 2001 11:18 AM
I was to meet my wife for dinner at a restaurant in Manhatten last May. I arrived first and was seated at the table. My wife arrived and asked if her husband had arrived yet. The maitre'd told her that a "silver-haired gentleman" was waiting for her at the table.
Yes, the uncle was right, the aches and pains you just have to learn to live with. I had to give up my weekly volleyball last year though. My body just couldn't take the abuse anymore. Since I'm not very tall, my specialty was alwys going for the digs and wind up landing on my elbows all the time. After back surgery 5 years ago and shoulder surgery 2 years ago, I decided to call it quits. That really hurt. It was my only fun night during the winter months.
It's hard adjusting to a different pace when you've been active all of your life. I'm still active, but in different ways now. My mind still thinks I'm 25 years old, but other parts tell me something else. The worst part is, I can afford the $5000 bike, but I don't have the body anymore to push it to its limit. Well, I do the best I can.
Ken
You'll get used to it...Rich Clark
Sep 20, 2001 9:51 AM
...and isn't that a happy thought?

By the way, get some lights. No reason the later dawn should slow you down in the morning, and there's nothing quite like riding as the sun rises.

RichC
Dang, I thought it was just me!Tig
Sep 20, 2001 9:52 AM
38 and my bones and muscles let me know that they run the body, not me. Arthritis in my joints and other "ailments" have shown up several years too early.

You know you're getting old when...

You start talking about your "ailments", even in a bicycle discussion board.
You notice that more and more doctors you visit are younger than you are.
Your recovery time from a long or hard ride is triple what it used to be.
You don't go back to racing because you don't want to break any bones.
You don't chase down every attack.
You sit in the back for an extra minute or two rather than move up and take a pull, even if you aren't tired.
use it or lose itguido
Sep 20, 2001 9:53 AM
Well, I'm pushing sixty, and agree with your uncle. The antidote: keep moving! Ride! Stretch before and after. If you have a lower back pain problem after riding, it might be not enough stretch to the bars, or the bars being too low. You should have enough reach so that your back can be flat. Alot of riders ride with curved backs, hunched over the bars. Check it out next time you ride.
You're afraid to jump the curb while on the neighborSpinchick
Sep 20, 2001 9:54 AM
kid's skateboard. When did THAT happen? Wait, maybe I wasn't really afraid. Yeah, that's it. My 3 1/2 yo was watching and I didn't want her to watch her mother bust her head open on the street. So, no fear - just motherly concern ;-).

Oh, and those achey joints in the morning don't help either.
Wow. I hit a common nervePaulCL
Sep 20, 2001 10:04 AM
OK, I've turned into my Dad.

..kids, don't run with scissors
.."because I said so"
..No honey, I'd rather sleep. NOT! I'm not THAT old yet.

My wife claims my backache is from stress. As a stockbroker, on Sunday, I was looking forward to a stressfull week. Which, according to my MD wife, lead to my tension, which led to what feels like a pulled muscle. I wasn't dissappointed. Lousy week. Damn.

The difference between me and the 25 year old "kid"..ha ha..is not the ability to ride that hill, not the speed on that hill, but the ability to ride the hill tomorrow.
Fight It All The WayJon
Sep 20, 2001 10:32 AM
Getting old sucks. I second Guido's post. Add to the ab crunch routine back extensions as well. The
answer to old age (there isn't one, really)? Train harder, train smarter. DON'T lose the intensity!
RIGHT! "Do not go gently into that dark night." (nm)RhodyRider
Sep 20, 2001 11:46 AM
re: You know you're getting old when...Len J
Sep 20, 2001 10:24 AM
You start noticing that the retiring athelete is younger than you are.

Sports stars are younger than your kids.

You find reading glasses in the pocket of every jacket you have.

You start using expressions like "You can't train to be 22" to explain why you got your doors blown off in a sprint.

You remember using friction down-tube shifters, and liking it.

You have stories of falling at lights when "strapped in".

The cute looking girl in the peleton reminds you of your daughter.

Len
re: You know you're getting old when...zero1
Sep 20, 2001 10:28 AM
wait until u turn 51 and then u can complain...
How about: You know you're not as old as your age when...Len J
Sep 20, 2001 10:28 AM
you still can ride a century when your age group friends get winded walking up a flight of stairs.

You can keep up in a paceline with riders 1/2 your age.

People keep telling you how young you look.

Len
Is that kind of like...Spinchick
Sep 20, 2001 10:30 AM
I'm 36 but very immature for my age?
Yeah, We're All Peter PansJon
Sep 20, 2001 10:36 AM
Go Peter. Boo, Hook.
More like.......Len J
Sep 20, 2001 10:37 AM
I'm 46 chronoligically but have the body of a (You fill in the blank).

LOL

IMHO Attitude is everything!!!

Len
There's alot to be said for immaturity (nm)Lone Gunman
Sep 20, 2001 3:42 PM
Yes...you're only young once...Debby
Sep 20, 2001 5:32 PM
but you can be immature forever! :)
You know you're not as old as your age when...John Evans
Sep 20, 2001 10:35 AM
You get carded buying beer.

Hasn't happened in a while, quite a while, but it sure felt good. I made the lady at the gas station get on her intercom and tell everyone within 2 blocks that she had just carded John Evans.
You are SO rightPaulCL
Sep 20, 2001 11:28 AM
I may be 39, but most of my contempories have a gut, haven't worked out since high school, and are starting to fight various ailments. Oh, and going bald.

I'm fit. My resting HR is around 48. My BP is low. I eat right. I can keep up with 20 year olds on the first day. And most importantly....I have all of my hair. OK, that's genetics, but its' still important.

I went to my 20 year reunion about a year ago. I had numerous old friends ask me why I looked 30 instead of 38. I shrugged my shoulders. But I attribute most of it to exercise (cycling, weights, racquetball) and eating right (no fast food, laying off the beer,etc.) and geritol (NOT) and lots of sex.
Who are you kidding, Paul?Jon
Sep 20, 2001 11:43 AM
It's the sex...no, the geritol...no, the sex!!!!
It's the sex! (nm)PaulCL
Sep 20, 2001 11:59 AM
nm
I am getting better with age, like a fine wine. nmMB1
Sep 20, 2001 12:09 PM
Just make sure you don't start to oxidize! nmSpinchick
Sep 20, 2001 12:26 PM
The older I get, the better I was. nmMB1
Sep 20, 2001 12:52 PM
Or throw tartrates. (Calling all Enophiles...) nmRhodyRider
Sep 20, 2001 12:39 PM
when you get ulcersDog
Sep 20, 2001 12:16 PM
I've always had an iron stomach. But, in dealing with my firm's problems and losing a partner in June, I developed an ulcer for the first time. Flared up horribly last week, as I was so extremely upset by the terrorism (and took it out on half the people here). Had to stay home from work 2 days it was so painful. Just turned 41.

Went to the doctor on Friday. He said the cycling is about the best thing I can do for it. So, I rode 202 miles on Saturday. Felt much better.

Doug
when you get ulcersTig
Sep 20, 2001 2:08 PM
Ask your doctor if Axid will work for you and if they have some samples to give you. I started having problems and it cured me in 3 days! It's very expensive unless your medical insurance pays for most of a prescription, but works extremely well. Since most ulcers are caused by bacteria, they should prescribe something to kill that as well (take with a full stomach only!).
I have reversed the effects of diverticulosis (colon disease) by riding this summer, combined with a better diet. Riding is a great cure for many things.
This is amazing.Spinchick
Sep 20, 2001 2:14 PM
In October, I was diagnosed (after some lovely tests) with gastric polyps, colon polyps, an ulcer AND a hiatal hernia. I couldn't even make it through one day without medication. I have been TOTALLY off all medication since July and I can attribute it to nothing except riding.
I don't like the alternative ...Humma Hah
Sep 20, 2001 1:52 PM
... I only know one alternative to getting older, and it really cuts down on your riding.
Don't feel bad...PMC
Sep 20, 2001 3:37 PM
My back went out sitting in a chair!! I was messing around with my 11-year-old son when WHAM out goes my back. I still have a dull pain about 3 inches below my shoulders.

Needless to say, no riding to this point and this weekend may still be out.

PS - I'm only 32 :-)
Well....DINOSAUR
Sep 20, 2001 4:58 PM
At the ripe old age of 59 I can't remember what it is like NOT to have an ache or pain somewhere. I've noticed when I get on my bike and start cranking they all magically disappear.

It only hurts when you stop, the key is, don't stop.
you're not even close to being oldDog
Sep 21, 2001 1:42 PM
Two examples:

Check out Peter Lekisch, finished RAAM solo at age 60 (many younger riders dropped out): http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/2001%20Riders/raam2001.htm

Check out this guy; I rode with him last spring in the 508 spring camp; he's in his late 70's and still does team RAAM and can kick some butt on the road: http://www.the508.com/web2001/2001campshow/pages/d2-02.htm That's a photo of him climbing a 5,000 foot mountain the 4th day of the camp (the one I hit 64 mph going down a few days before). I BIG hill.

Riding will keep you young (I hope).

Doug
True....DINOSAUR
Sep 21, 2001 2:20 PM
Age is just a state of mind. We all slow down a bit, I can't ride like I did when I was in my 30's for sure. I quit thinking about how old I am, when people ask I have to stop and think. I grew a beard last year, it came in mostly white so I shaved it off. Now I'm growing another one, I consider my white hair a badge of honor. Anyway, when I get passed by a young roadie they can say, hey did you see that old guy with a white beard riding a Klein, wow!! Someone asked Einstein about what's the worst thing about growing old and he said "the brevity of it all". Life is short. We are only on this planet for a blink of an eye.

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
Ernest Holmes
American writer
is this you?Dog
Sep 21, 2001 2:37 PM
just kidding
is this you?DINOSAUR
Sep 21, 2001 5:41 PM
No, but whomever he is, he's my hero. Lookin good, I gotta work on my beard and drop a few pounds to look that good!
Some good things about getting older ...bianchi boy
Sep 21, 2001 5:26 AM
It's not all bad. I'm 47, and there are some things that get better with age, believe it or not. Keeping the list to cycling, here are some examples:

-- More self discipline with regard to training.
-- Many of us old farts have kicked bad habits we had when younger, like smoking, excessive drinking, etc.
-- Many of us can better afford that dream bicycle, or some approximation of it, than we could at a younger age.
-- Experience. Most of us tend to learn from our past mistakes, however slowly.
-- Sales and service people treat you much better in stores, I guess because they figure you are more likely to have money to spend.
-- You don't feel the need to impress the chicks, out-macho the other guys, because the chicks aren't gonna give you a second thought anyway. (Not sure if this is really good, but it does relieve a certain pressure to perform.)
-- More vacation time, if you've been working at the same job for a while.
i'll be 30 next month. noticed few "getting old" things, too...Spiritual Haiku
Sep 21, 2001 6:56 AM
"if it's too loud, you're too old"

yep.

"increase in number of daily medications directly proportional to age"

yep.

"you groan like it's an effort to get out of that chair"

yep.

on the other hand, i never thought i'd live to see 30. it's not the age, it's the mileage. guess i'll have to revel in the fact that i'm now in better shape than at ANY other time in my life. but man, do I LOVE BEER!
ps: not REALLY old 'til you watch weather channel all day NMSpiritual Haiku
Sep 21, 2001 6:58 AM
not REALLY old 'til you can't SEE the weather channel NMDINOSAUR
Sep 21, 2001 9:10 AM
NM
When you start wearing too much aftershave and forget to zip. nmMB1
Sep 21, 2001 9:14 AM
you wear after shave down there? nmSpiritual Haiku
Sep 21, 2001 10:07 AM
THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Spinchick
Sep 21, 2001 10:44 AM
I AM NEVER, EVER, EVER DRINKING COFFEE WHILE READING THIS BOARD AGAIN. DAMMIT...
Well I do wear a kilt. nmMB1
Sep 21, 2001 10:58 AM