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Were you scared to turn 60?(9 posts)

Were you scared to turn 60?netso
Apr 19, 2002 7:32 AM
I will be 60 yo in a month or so. Truthfully, it scares the hell out of me. I still feel good, ride my bike a lot, but I feel as if the world will fall on me on that day. Am I crazy to feel this way?
Apr 19, 2002 7:47 AM
This will probably bring a bunch of posts from everyone and his brother who is a far cry from 60, however I turn 60 in August. It doesn't bother me. I just grew a beard which turned white and I'm proud to be still out there cranking. I rewarded myself by ordering a new bike as a celebration for the grand occasion. The best part about turning old is retirement. Find some other old guys to ride with, there are lots of them out there. I try to think as age as just being a number. I have slowed down, the hardest part is staying motivated, as I'm sure you are aware. Just be an old dinosaur and screw the age factor...
Apr 19, 2002 7:56 AM
After closing out and thinking; the hardest part for me about growing old is having to slow down. And being the competitive person that I am, it's sometimes hard for me when I'm out climbing some hill and have a younger, lighter, better fit cyclist pass me and fade into the distance. What's the old saying "growing old ain't for sissies". It's a humbling experience. A lot of old guys reach this point and quit.

'The race is not always to the swift but to those who keep on running'
Hey, I thought you were getting your bike 2 weeks ago?Slipstream
Apr 19, 2002 8:05 AM
What's with the delay?

And don't forget, you capture extra protein with the beard so on those long and lonely rides thru the hills, so you don't have to worry about going hungry. just don't forget to bring a comb, you don't want to get your food under your nails.

chicks dig beards, even 60 yr old beards. you are probably riding by all the widows houses on your rounds aren't 'ya. admit it, now. ;>)
Don't get me going....DINOSAUR
Apr 19, 2002 8:33 AM
On the new bike. After a lot of thought and convincing to Mrs. Dinosaur I settled on ordering a new Colnago '02 Master X-Light LX23 Team Robobank. This was on February 20th. I was told it would be in on March 15th. March 15th came and went and I contacted the owner of my LBS and he said there was a delay because of all the orders for the new Colnagos from Trialtir, the distibutor in Texas. The bill of laiding showed it's arrival date at his shop on April 12th. Well, April 12th has come and gone and I'm told it should be here in a couple of days. I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas.
But I have nothing to complain about. I'm getting a 22% discount and a money back guarantee on the bike. Plus I get to watch him build it in his shop after hours.
Life is good...I'm learning to have patience, not one of my better virtues....I avoid mirrors unless I am trimming my beard...
And you said....Krypton
Apr 19, 2002 1:40 PM had no patience to wait for a bike (refering to my thread about the carbon stays)....I guess patience is a learned virtue, and possess it quite well :-)

take care
re: Were you scared to turn 60?Mud
Apr 19, 2002 9:01 AM
My Dad turned 60 last year (I was 32 at the time,) and to celebrate, we took a 5-day mountain biking trip to Moab. The world didn't fall on him on that day, and he shows no sign of slowing down.

Enjoy it!
re: Were you scared to turn 60?Bacco
Apr 19, 2002 8:14 PM
I was at Bike Florida a few weeks ago and met a gentleman who told me that he didn't start biking until he was 60. He wanted to lose weight. He is now 66 and he is in great health and he is still a strong biker. He biked 10,000 miles last year! It gave me a lot of encouragement since I am 57 and figured that by the time I was 60 I would be slowing down or giving up biking. Now I am motivated by the challenge to be as good as my new 66 year old friend. Keep spinning and forget your age!!
re: Were you scared to turn 60?Jay18
Apr 20, 2002 12:28 PM
I turned 60 last year and it was pretty traumatic - much more so than my other decade birthdays. My solution was to buy a bike. I hadn't ridden for 25 or 30 years, and was never much of a cyclist when I was younger, but I wanted a bike because a good friend of mine did a lot of riding and had been encouraging me to try it. I couldn't believe how great I felt about being able to ride at all. By the end of the year I was in two clubs, and doing fairly long rides nearly every weekend. I feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in for years. My birthday came and went, and life went on except that I enjoyed it more. Getting old(er) is no fun, but sometimes a new interest makes it a lot more bearable.