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cheeses, what an eye opener....(11 posts)

cheeses, what an eye opener....rwbadley
Jun 24, 2003 8:05 PM
Yesterday it was my birthday, I hung one more year on the line...

Item one: I read in the paper a few days ago, after a species has lived long enough to procreate and raise the chilluns to adulthood; their mission is accomplished and they are expendable...and generally soon thereafter are fit for pushing up daisies. My son is nigh on eighteen years old.

Item two: I went out for a ride with the 'A' team Saturday. I was able to almost hang in there. But got dropped... twice.

Item three: One of the 'droppers' (I was the 'droppee') just happened to be a young man of about fourteen. I've watched him come up the last several years. He has racing heritage and a good teacher in his Dad. He recently came off a cycling study forum, where he placed very highly. The young man ended up getting dropped hisself, but he lasted a bit longer than I. He weighs about one hundred pounds. I bet he has a max heart rate that would make a hummingbird croak.

Item four: I was at 'the local' after a fixie ride. One of my ol' buds sons was playing with the dog. A twenty pound Aussie dog. This dog did a vertical jump three feet up to the loading dock. I asked the sixteen year old kid if he could mimic that feat. Standing start, no run up. He did. I then attempted, and did. The kid moved down the loading dock to the three and a half foot vertical. He did. I would not attempt it, as it would be a futile and hazardous gesture. Hmmmm...

When I look in the mirror I see a Stud.

Maybe it's time for an eye exam...

;-) RW
Nah, skip the eye exam....TNSquared
Jun 24, 2003 8:25 PM
and have a nice stout brew instead.

Happy Birthday!
... some theories suggest that aging is more akin to a disease..Akirasho
Jun 24, 2003 9:40 PM
... and would eventually be treated as such... a way for an organism to self destruct before too many cell divisions cause odd mutations...

... yeah... lantern rouge here...
... yeah, know a junior who, whilst on his junior gearing continues to eat oldies like me... all the while carrying on full sentence conversations, and failing to sweat on 90 degree+ days... and while he can be dropped... rebounds in no time...
... youth is wasted on the young...
... time wounds all heels...
... so you run and you run to catch up to the sun but it's sinking... racing around to come up behind you again... The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older... shorter of breath and one day closer to death... happy birthday.

When I look in the mirror, I see... me... and that's alright...

Be the bike.
Akirasho... something else to think about...chipnseal
Jun 24, 2003 10:27 PM
...Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time. Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines...Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way..The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say.

If you "know" these words, then you must have some grey in your hair...

Shine on!
or no hair at all !! (nm)MisJG
Jun 25, 2003 10:54 AM
RW, Happy Birthday!Juanmoretime
Jun 25, 2003 12:59 AM
It sounds like your rapidly approaching the age when either a red sports car or a Harley will be parked in your garage next to your bicycle. I know, I've already been there.
re: cheeses, what an eye opener....koala
Jun 25, 2003 2:06 AM
Look at all the people your age who do nothing and are fat walking time bombs. Pat yourself on the back and make time for some intervals so you can hang with the kid instead of getting dropped. Happy birthday.
When I look in the mirror, I see Clint Eastwood...jesse1
Jun 25, 2003 2:50 AM
...but my three kids view me as Drew Carey, Elmer Fudd and Homer Simpson. Kinda odd that 2 of three are cartoon characters. But none the less, don't give up! When I was 49, I decided I wouldn't go lightly (or as weight goes, heavily)into year 50, so I decided that at 50 I would be in better shape that I was the year before (at 48). I've been able to do that and have kept up that goal ever since (three years in a row now). I know that can't last, but I'm a gonna try.
It ain't easy. I can gain weight by walking into a bakery and just smelling the stuff! When I was in my 30's and riding 100-150 miles a week, I had to eat icecream every night just to keep my weight up! From middle age on, staying in shape is equal to having a part-time job.
Heck, the guy who is the current National Champion TT, RR AND Crit in the 45-50 bracket (Kent Bostic) QUALIFIED for the olympic team at age 47 (or maybe 45)!!! He may be an alien.
When I consider the only known alternative to agingdzrider
Jun 25, 2003 5:05 AM
I'm glad to be getting older. I've reached the point where my only hope is that people see me and think "That old guy's in pretty good shape."

Happy birthday.
the only consolation - you're a whole lot smarter than he is. nmterry b
Jun 25, 2003 5:32 AM
Thanks all, Have a happy today! nmrwbadley
Jun 25, 2003 3:50 PM