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Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....DINOSAUR
Aug 19, 2002 6:58 PM
Excuse me for patting myself on my pat. Yesterday, August 18th was my 60th birthday. I don't think I have felt better in my whole life, my weekly mileage average is 148.3 miles since I started keeping track of mileage back in March. I look forward to riding my bike everyday and can't think of a better way to spend retirement. I never thought I would be doing this when I hit 60, it goes to show you that age is just a number. Anyone thinking about taking an early retirement and enjoying the good life has my blessings. This is the place I hang out to keep me motivated. Life is good.....any other 60 year old's (or close) out there????
Dino
congratsDougSloan
Aug 19, 2002 7:47 PM
Sounds like the good life. No work, living in the foothills, riding every day, family around, healthy... what else could you want? Happy 60!

Doug
Sixty is just a number. . .js5280
Aug 19, 2002 7:57 PM
a very LARGE and SCARY number ;-) Totally kidding!

Congrats Dinosaur!
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....peloton
Aug 19, 2002 10:48 PM
Happy birthday. And to think I'm nervous about turning 30, and having my form slide! Not that I have any form right now to let slide anyway...
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....cp123
Aug 19, 2002 11:48 PM
Goodonya Dino, they say life is like a good bottle of wine, it just gets better with age. We still want you round for another 40 years...
Congratulationsboneman
Aug 20, 2002 12:40 AM
Following you by ten years (50 this past April) and look forward to maintaining your pace, and attitude. Probably go another 5 years to 55 and like you, take retirement and maybe do some consultancy. After that life will consist of riding the bike, making beer, traveling the World and a few other pursuits.

Again, nicely done.
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....aliensporebomb
Aug 20, 2002 2:54 AM
Congrats on your milestone.

Bicycling magazine had an article about people regularly riding into their sixties,
seventies, eighties and one guy who was 95 who was in fabulous shape.

Apparently they sent the guy to a cardiologist who commented that he wanted to
have that level of fitness at 95 and what was his secret. "Cycling" he said.

Riding these things can actually do a whole lot to keep the aging process in check.
I'm 39 but feel like I could be in my twenties just from how great it's been to be
back on the bike since my wife bought me a mountain bike four years ago. Now I'm
mostly roadie but it's great to be riding again.
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....netso
Aug 20, 2002 3:23 AM
Congratulations. I turned 60, on 6/16. I have got to admit that I expected old age to strike like lightning. It did not happen, in fact I feel great. I believe MB1 might be around the 60 mark. He is something!
I'm just a kid going downhill fast.......MB1
Aug 20, 2002 6:18 AM
You both have a few on me...very few but I'll take them. Now that you mention it we often ride with young folks your age (they ride 2 centuries every weekend).

Cycling just might keep us young afterall.

Once you are over the hill you can start picking up speed.
You are my hero...MXL02
Aug 20, 2002 3:36 AM
I was 46 when I started riding last year, and although I quickly became obsessed, I had this nagging voice in the back of my mind asking, "How long do you think you'll be able to do this." It bugged me I started so late in life. You are living proof this sport can go on and on and on and....
Thanks for sharing your triumph with us.
on 'on and on'...Steve_0
Aug 20, 2002 3:46 AM
Never too late to enjoy cycling. My great-great aunt (just passed away at 100) rode daily well into her 90's. Certainly not 60 miler's...but enough to paint a huge grin on her face after her hour jaunt.

BTW - she stopped riding when traffic became too congested...not because of age/ability.
Congrats....Len J
Aug 20, 2002 3:53 AM
ya old coot :-)

May you still be riding in 30 more years
May riding give you the same joy for the next 30 years.

Len
I thought you meant 60 miles ...tarwheel
Aug 20, 2002 4:03 AM
Then I thought, "Surely, Dino had ridden a metric century before." Congratulations. I feel like a young whippersnapper at 48, but I'm older than most of the guys and gals I ride with. I know lots of cyclists who are 55+ years who are much stronger riders than me and many others, and I look to you guys for inspiration and motivation. Most of the older riders I know are much more willing to talk to newcomers, help out newbies, and slow down the pace to help struggling riders.
This is awesome. Congrats!! Question.gs6769
Aug 20, 2002 4:08 AM
How often have you rolled up behind a cyclist, having the impression that the rider is much younger than they really are? I know it's happened to me many times. They look mid twenties to mid thirties from behind, roll up next to them and they're mid fifties to mid whatever. No coincidence.
I turned forty in April and hope to be seeing Dino and all the rest of you out there hammering 'til we all fall over and expire with the endorphines slamming through our systems like the Colorado River!!
It's just a man-made number. It's your attitude thatPaul
Aug 20, 2002 4:11 AM
really counts. Last year I rode 8220 miles, and I'm older then you by a couple. I ride at the "A" level, and I'm the oldest in my club to do so. Wish i could find more serious riders like you at our age group, but they are far and in between. So, Mr. DINOSAUR, we are a rare breed.

Keep it up, and God Bless

Paolo
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....Sintesi
Aug 20, 2002 5:02 AM
Happy B-day and congratulations on your contunued commitment to the sport. Now what I want to know is when I'm riding at age 60 are you still going to be out there when you're 83? ; )
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....Jon Billheimer
Aug 20, 2002 5:27 AM
Dino,

Congratulations. You have discovered the closest thing to the fountain of youth that there is. I know. I'll turn 58 next month and am still getting stronger and faster on the bike, after having started at the ripe old age of 49. I'm fortunate to ride with a bunch of fit, fast 50, 60, and 70 year olds. So take it from me: keep hammering and you'll barely lose a step over the next couple of decades. Life is good!!!!
Congrats DinoMel Erickson
Aug 20, 2002 5:37 AM
Is 50 close enough? I'll reach that milestone late next month. I definitely plan on riding every day at 60 if I can and sure hope to be putting in your mileage. However, a few things might stand in the way, like ability to retire (if all goes well I should make it around then), weather (here in Wisconsin it gets a little hard to ride in January) and other pursuits (see thread above re: recreation and hobbies). As another poster said, cycling is the fountain of youth. More power to you and everyone in the sport!
Awesome! I just love seeing people in their 60's...OffTheBack
Aug 20, 2002 5:54 AM
and beyond who are still fit & active, especially when there are plenty of pepole in their 40's who can hardy walk up a flight of stairs without gasping.

Let me know if you're ever in Pittsburgh and I'll buy you a beer. :-)
Happy Birthday! Old cyclists never die...theBreeze
Aug 20, 2002 6:13 AM
they just use lower gearing!:)

A very good friend of mine finished the Bicyle Tour of CO with me on July 28th, at the age of 69. Last summer he was with a group of six of us that did a 210 mile mountain bike tour, and he spanked us all. He commutes to work four days a week in the hills of Berkeley CA, up Centennial Drive for those familiar. What is that, about a 15% grade?

Best wishes for this year, and years to come.
I'll be there in 28 months...cory
Aug 20, 2002 6:59 AM
Shoot, all this time I thought when I hit 60, I'd have to sit down and wait to die. You mean I can keep doing the stuff I like?
One of the weird things about getting into your 50s (and I assume 60s) is the HUGE difference in the attitudes and approaches of people your age. I know people in their 60s who can't play golf without a cart and others who knock off a century before lunch. I still hate it when the 20-somethings pass me, but I keep telling myself I've got them on total lifetime mileage....
If you could relive your 50s ...RoyGBiv
Aug 20, 2002 8:40 AM
Any advice for someone who has just entered that decade and is patiently waiting for life to begin? (At least that's what I heard, something about life really begins when you're 50.)
Congratulations.
Be joining you in 61 days.Spoke Wrench
Aug 20, 2002 9:18 AM
Actually, I kind of needed the encouraging words.

40 and 50 didn't bother me a bit, but I'm starting to feel old. I've had two or three bouts of heat sickness this summer that kept me from completing rides. Other rides I've been able to complete but only with great difficulty. I even went to the doctor which, for me, is quite unusual. Heart's good, blood pressure is good, cholesterial numbers are good, uh - life with my wife's good. I'm hopeing that cooler weather will perk me up. I just can't figure it out.
be careful about reaching 60 !!!!!!!PeterRider
Aug 20, 2002 9:42 AM
people older than 60 that I've met recently on a bike include:
- a guy who did the coast-to-coast bike trip at 69, also the Mt Whitney challenge (135miles, 16000 feet, going from Death Valley to Mt Whitney portal)
- a guy I met 2 days ago on a century, who did also the coast-to-coast trip.
- a guy who races a lot - man, when he starts after a traffic light, he has a nice acceleration.

Those guys are crazy !!

Pierre
be careful about reaching 60 !!!!!!!netso
Aug 20, 2002 9:54 AM
My wife (58) and Me (60) are actually trying to find the time to ride coast to coast. We not actually want to do it, we feel very capable of doing it.
Lucky dogStarliner
Aug 20, 2002 9:53 AM
I hope I'll be as happy about my life at that point as you are. I'll still be working probably, but that's OK since I like what I do. Cheers to you.
Be there in 6 months. (nm)Chen2
Aug 20, 2002 9:59 AM
Wow. I discover in this thread that 3 people whose opinionsscottfree
Aug 20, 2002 10:40 AM
I've come to respect as rock-solid in almost every case are closing in on 60!
happy big 60!velocity
Aug 20, 2002 12:02 PM
What a great way to spend a retirement. This discussion board helps keep me motivated too. Like probably most of us on this board, I spend too much time on here when I'm at work.

I'm turning 40 later this year, which I find a little scary but I've never felt better!
Happy Birthday DINOSAUR!!!! nmKen of Fresno
Aug 20, 2002 12:08 PM
Congrats! This thread is really cool...TomS
Aug 20, 2002 12:18 PM
I have one of those "defining memories" from way back in high school, I was watching TV with my girlfriend at the time, and some commercial came on featuring a guy who was 75 years old and waterskiing. We both said something like "Wow, I hope i'm that active at that age" then we realized we weren't even that active at 17... :-) I'm way more active now (at 28) then I ever was before, both with cycling, and walking/hiking with my wife, who's lost 50+ pounds over the past year.

Like I said in another thread my family has always been very sedentary, they think I'm some kinda freak for riding as much as I do - which isn't anywhere close to the mileage some people here do! And now my dad, who just turned 60, is already in a nursing home after several bad strokes; and my mom is in such bad shape that when she comes to visit (from MD to CO) she's constantly out of breath from the altitude.

Seeing my parents like that is just plain scary, and I really hope I'm doing as well as you guys are at 50, 60, and up!
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....Steve98501
Aug 20, 2002 2:56 PM
Congratulations, Dino! You've got a little over 6 years on me. I'm guessing that I'm gonna' work until 60 or so; I like what I do, altho it cuts into my free time for riding and other activities. I work and ride and just about everything with younger people, so maybe that keeps me feeling younger. I agree that cycling is a great and pleasant way to maintain fitness. It's sad that so many of our peers can barely totter around. Here's to riding to the very end!

Steve
re: Reached a milestone yesterday, the big 60....dicklynn0585
Aug 20, 2002 6:35 PM
I know how you feel. I'm 63 and ride 300 to 350 every week. I ride a Y-Foil. I sure do sleep well at night.