Okay, so I’m taking a turn from the serious to the comedic. I compiled a list of 10 adages that may indicate you’re an “over 50” cyclist. By no means exhaustive, it nonetheless is a good jumping off point.
- You don’t care how you look in lycra. In fact, your fashion sense has gone the way of your fast twitch muscles so you don’t care what you look like on or off the bike.
- You round up your miles and your average speed. You consider this a right of passage; your Senior Citizen discount. To hell with Strava!
- While riding, you notice that you’ve forgotten something (i.e., water bottle, ID, gloves, etc.) If it’s your socks, jersey, or bibs, you reflect on adage #1 and keep on riding.
- Your memory slips a cog or two and you take that route that ascends a nasty hill or passes Kujo the satanic dog. Once home, you remind yourself to never do that again but your memory slips a cog or two and you take that route…
- When passed by younger cyclists, you yell: “Yeah, I used to be fast! One day you’ll be like me! You just wait!”
- Your hearing has worsened and you confuse “On your left!” with “Damn, your fast!”
- Your vision isn’t what it used to be and you mistake a tree stump with a crouched German shepherd.
- On club rides, the group leader asks if you’re at risk for heart attacks.
- You pass an “over 60” rider who shouts: “”Yeah, I used to be fast! One day you’ll be like me! You just wait!”
- You need as much time stretching before a ride as you do to get dressed.
There you go! I’m sure you’ve got some so post them in the comments below.