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    I'm Losing My Fast Twitch

    Help! I'm getting "old".

    The rocks are coming at me faster than ever.
    The bike changes direction without asking.
    My eyeballs rattle in my skull.
    Riding at 90% doesn't necessarily give 10% margin for error.
    I'm actually being "careful".
    The new kids are getting fast.
    Someone passed me!
    (and I thought I was really hauling)
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    Well, at least you were fast and crazy once.
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    Could be worse you could just be learning to ride at 31...
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    I would add "used to warm up in 2 miles now it takes 5".

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    I am just learning to ride at 31... lol

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    I hear ya.

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    That's all?

    It takes me two months to warm up now.

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    You're still smoking everyone sitting at home on the couch! I'm 39 and only been riding about two months. I'll be 40 in a couple of months, you 31s are just kids LOL.

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    53 and each year it takes me longer to warm up the joints on a ride. Still singlespeeding though!!
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    Re: I'm Losing My Fast Twitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Desidus View Post
    Could be worse you could just be learning to ride at 31...
    This. 32. Didn't ride much after I could drive. I don't remember it being this hard when I was a teenager. Seriously, why did I wait until my 30s to pick up cycling, martial arts and weight lifting. Now everything hurts to do.

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    Sooner or later you'll be making your way safely down a difficult trail and happen on someone that has crashed and burned. You'll assume your elder statesman demeanor, the one devoid of snark and ridicule, and help the guy out, maybe even saving his ability to ride again another day.

    I keep telling myself this. I'm 55 and stuck at home barely able to walk...Luckily, just a tendon thing from an unplanned maneuver. If it wasn't raining I'd prolly ride anyway. One of my friends is only 37 and his bikes were forcibly taken away while his broken ribs heal, and his wife calmly, but firmly informed him that he was rapidly approaching his last chance.

    maybe someday Ill listen to my own advice.

    Naaah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by asparien View Post
    I am just learning to ride at 31... lol

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    You're still smoking everyone sitting at home on the couch! I'm 39 and only been riding about two months. I'll be 40 in a couple of months, you 31s are just kids LOL.
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    This. 32. Didn't ride much after I could drive. I don't remember it being this hard when I was a teenager. Seriously, why did I wait until my 30s to pick up cycling, martial arts and weight lifting. Now everything hurts to do.
    Ha ha ha! Awesome I thought I was one of the few! Good to know there are some late bloomers amongst the group.

    I was twelve the last time I was on a bike and back then I could just ride almost everything on the hardest gear cause I was so light.
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    Could be worse you could have rode like an old man when you were 23, like I do.

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    I'm near 58 and plan on kickin' teen age butt again.
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    At 60, I have decided that I've reached my Lifetime Quota of broken bones. while I still try, in vain, to ride quickly uphill, on the descents I tend to slow it down and enjoy the scenery.
    That's one of the benefits of gettin' old.

    And yes, I still ride my single speed about half the time.

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    Always somebody faster, Always somebody slower, Always one more good ride in you till your DONE.

    Keep Thrashing.... That's all WE can do!!

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    This is turning into another old-guy thread. Well, I started riding at 47. That was 16 years ago. It's all relative.

    Here's my little bit of old guy wisdom: If you think you're old now, in 20 (or maybe 10) years you'll look back and wish like hell your were this age again. So you're living your future fantasy, right now. Enjoy it.
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    Did someone say old guy thread? Count me in. 31 but I feel more like 61. And I'm ugly. Not sure if that affects my mountain bike skills or not but it sure as hell isn't helping matters any.

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    OK, I'm in. Started riding mnt. bikes two years ago at 55. Life long roadie, not a convert I still ride road too and run and do triathlons. I considered myself fast on a road bike until a couple years ago. Now even when I think I'm going fast it's just me thinking I'm going fast but it feels good any way. Now when I ride with my wife I don't mind her pace so much.

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    that will get you twitching again.
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    I'm 55 and had my first big crash, including a helicopter flight to the hospital. Initially, my wife said my MTB riding days were over, and told Search & Rescue to keep or dispose of my bike. Fortunately, I'm making a good recovery and she has relented on riding. Nonetheless, I don't need a repeat. I'm pretty sure I've used up all of my good luck. From now on, I'll descend slowly and enjoy the scenery, going only fast enough to ensure adequate momentum over rocks and roots -- and I'll walk the bike when necessary. I'll save "fast" for smooth, level, straight, empty paved road and peddle as fast as I can.

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    60 next summer, have had my share of broken bones and ac joints etc, recovery is so much slower now. So I have Gravitydropper and 6mm lower BB and wide bar, grippy flats 5.10 shoes TLD armour carbon reinforced gloves , got them after crushed fistbones, and the best bike I can build, gets hot on upphill and have to stop for breath but then flying singletracs and downhill. Oh and 2.4 Rocket Ron with Stans sealant and wery low pressure.


    And singlespeed and Kickbike.

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    I wish I had started mtb and especially dh in my 20's instead of in my 40's.

    I started late and it was a struggle to keep up especially on anything technical. But I persevered.
    And now I think my age has an advantage. I may not be as fast as a "young or seasoned" rider but I have good core strength and endurance. (and a few other tricks up my sleeve) Plus my pride prevents me from giving up.

    I have noticed (and others have noticed and commented as well) that I am getting faster and better skilled each season! (This weekend I did my first wallride and gap jump) I believe my growing confidence and being ballsy enough to try new techniques has helped.

    "Fleas" Don't give up. Find the other advantages within yourself that come with age... and look ahead
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    I'm 41, and if I die riding as hard as I could...than it was meant to be. Yes, it hurts worse and my "bounce muscles" don't seem to work as well anymore, when I hit the dirt. I can't help it, when I get on my bike I feel like a little kid...I hope that never changes.
    The older I get, the faster I was.....

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    Well, I'm 53 and I'm 25 when I'm taking my Methylphenadate(sic),generic Ritalin for adhd. When not, I feel 53. Just like the rest of you old people.

    Been playing drums for 30 years now and I feel that helps keep my upper body snap reflexes good to go.
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    You know how when you're going really fast, and you're riding really well, and you're taking chances because you're riding really well?

    It's getting scarier to do that.
    I've plowed a rock or got sucked into a rut at prodigious speeds and somehow continued to ride on. And I expect that to happen periodically, and I also expect to ride out of it. It was either instinct, skill, lightning reflexes, or luck in some combination. As my instinct improves, and my skills remain sharp, my reflexes slow, and my luck must be nothing but fumes.

    I see a large skin donation to the bike gods in my future. They will make me pay for my over-confidence.
    It feels inevitable. That's the scary part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azjonboy View Post
    53 and each year it takes me longer to warm up the joints on a ride. Still singlespeeding though!!
    I hear you, 51 and still singlespeeding. By the time I'm warmed up the rides almost over! Sucks, most of the guys my age cant hang even with gears and most of my SS Bretheren are 10 to 20 years younger and blow my doors off. Now, I ride mostly solo. Still in recovery from a crash resulting in damage to tendons in my wrists and ligaments in my knee from 2 years ago. Even at my age, I still dream about riding and I hope that never changes.

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    So to recap what I have learned on this thread.

    Get medicated and you will be able to act like a teenager and fly down the mountains at stupid speeds that could wind up in a helicopter ride to a hospital, but if you don't give up you will be able to do awesome things like a wallride or a gap jump even after 40!
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    The older I get the faster I was.

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    We just started this year, and I'm 37 and beating friends who are younger up the hill. On the downhill I'll admit I'm not as crazy fast as some friends though.

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    Started riding mountain bike in my early 40's. Got few concussions. One of them required a trip to trauma center that left a medical bill of about $70k. After the last major fall, I am learning to ride more within my limits.

    I do find that I ride a little faster and become a better rider when I'm with others. However, squeezing my rides between family obligations leaves me very slow. I enjoy every moment on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghglenn View Post
    I'm 41, and if I die riding as hard as I could...than it was meant to be. Yes, it hurts worse and my "bounce muscles" don't seem to work as well anymore, when I hit the dirt. I can't help it, when I get on my bike I feel like a little kid...I hope that never changes.
    This. I'm turning 40 at the end of August, and riding harder than ever. I don't believe in the afterlife and all that, and see it as this is the chance I have to truly live. Am I careful? Sure, I have a wife and son to support and don't want to cut it short by any means, but I'm not going to go my whole life not enjoying it.

    It hit me recently.......A 45 year old guy died on our local trails here while mountain biking. He didn't die because of mountain biking directly, but he had a heart attack while riding. The thing is, he was as healthy as they come. A cross country runner, MTBer, climber, and truly was a healthy guy. But for whatever reason, it was his time.

    This hit me hard. I didn't know the guy, but to have life cut short like that while relatively young and close to my age, struck a chord. While I feel for his family, I have to appreciate that he died doing something he loved. He was living. Good for him.

    It is with that that I enjoy my life as much as my life will allow. Having the feeling of the rush as I rip down a steep technical trail reminds me that I am alive and living. I have also learned that riding tentatively isn't exactly the safest either. Enjoy it while you can, because tomorrow is no guarantee. I know, cliches. But really, do what you can, while you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Chachi View Post
    This. I'm turning 40 at the end of August, and riding harder than ever. I don't believe in the afterlife and all that, and see it as this is the chance I have to truly live. Am I careful? Sure, I have a wife and son to support and don't want to cut it short by any means, but I'm not going to go my whole life not enjoying it.

    It hit me recently.......A 45 year old guy died on our local trails here while mountain biking. He didn't die because of mountain biking directly, but he had a heart attack while riding. The thing is, he was as healthy as they come. A cross country runner, MTBer, climber, and truly was a healthy guy. But for whatever reason, it was his time.

    This hit me hard. I didn't know the guy, but to have life cut short like that while relatively young and close to my age, struck a chord. While I feel for his family, I have to appreciate that he died doing something he loved. He was living. Good for him.

    It is with that that I enjoy my life as much as my life will allow. Having the feeling of the rush as I rip down a steep technical trail reminds me that I am alive and living. I have also learned that riding tentatively isn't exactly the safest either. Enjoy it while you can, because tomorrow is no guarantee. I know, cliches. But really, do what you can, while you can.

    The true object of all human life is play. My words to live by.

    Keep at it Fleas. Slower, or not, it is still fun as hell.
    Well, that's just the way that life is. There's certain 'asymptomatic' heart conditions that don't show up, until something gives. There's conditions like that that show up at virtually every stage of life, but statistically, your chances of having one of them are likely not very high. So, if pushing yourself on a climb does it for you, keep on pushing. When your time's up, it's up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    You know how when you're going really fast, and you're riding really well, and you're taking chances because you're riding really well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    No.....
    That one-word response actually points out a really good question to me. Familiarity breeds contempt, they say. And a lot of times on trails I'm really familiar with I tend to ride at velocities that are easily up into the 'mandatory fractures' range if something should go awry, like a wheel failure, a blowout, etc...More and more, I try to be aware of that, because I think I've accumulated more than my quota of injuries, retained hardware, etc., and the down time and loss of income just make the risk kind of ridiculous.

    Risks should come with rewards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyH View Post



    Always somebody faster, Always somebody slower, Always one more good ride in you till your DONE.

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    the TRUTH has been said.
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    I'm still wondering what a slow twitch would even be called...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    That one-word response actually points out a really good question to me. Familiarity breeds contempt, they say. And a lot of times on trails I'm really familiar with I tend to ride at velocities that are easily up into the 'mandatory fractures' range if something should go awry, like a wheel failure, a blowout, etc...More and more, I try to be aware of that, because I think I've accumulated more than my quota of injuries, retained hardware, etc., and the down time and loss of income just make the risk kind of ridiculous.

    Risks should come with rewards.
    This. Had a moment yesterday (sorry on a Roadie ride) but was coming out of a corner that I've ridden countless times at close to 35MPH and accelerating when the rear wheel skipped to the side...some creative whipping back 'n forth before straightening out. Pure mental error assuming no problems ahead instead of focus. Had me shaking a bit 'cuz at 48, I don't heal as fast as I used to and have much more dirt to explore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wg View Post
    This. Had a moment yesterday (sorry on a Roadie ride) but was coming out of a corner that I've ridden countless times at close to 35MPH and accelerating when the rear wheel skipped to the side...some creative whipping back 'n forth before straightening out. Pure mental error assuming no problems ahead instead of focus. Had me shaking a bit 'cuz at 48, I don't heal as fast as I used to and have much more dirt to explore.
    It sounds like you are still capable of "twitching" fast enough to correct a tweaked bike mid-corner.

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    I'm 60 and still pretty much riding the stuff I was riding 20 years ago. Not as fast as I was when I was 50, but I'm faster today than I'll be at 70.

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