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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)
    Sonofa...


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    Well, at least you were fast and crazy once.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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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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    you're lucky enough.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash Gordon View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by The ///Man View Post
    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.
    Re-Cycled Person who rides a mountain bicycle.

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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.
    Last edited by Gasp4Air; 07-14-2013 at 05:42 PM.
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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.
    definite malingerer

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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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