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How to Grow Old Gracefully As a Cyclist

How to Grow Old Gracefully As a Cyclist

Is Father Time catching up with you on the group ride? This checklist may help you determine if it’s time to prepare for the next…

Monday, Aug 15

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Is Father Time catching up with you on the group ride? This checklist may help you determine if it’s time to prepare for the next phase of your cycling life. One of the greatest challenges we face in life is preparing for the future. Even a small investment now can go a long way toward providing some comfort for the older people we can hardly imagine ourselves becoming. Yet when we’re young, we prefer to live in the now, so the idea that we should be wearing sunscreen, or putting money away to benefit some fuzzy future version of ourselves, is as abstract as it is inconvenient.

Riding bikes is no different. We want to ride longer, harder, and faster. We take for granted that we’ll always be able to descend with a flat back or send it off a rock ledge. We eat, sleep, ride, and repeat, blithely indifferent to both the passage of time and the dangers of fitness .

Alas, adrenaline is the avocado toast of cycling—a temporal indulgence for which, if we’re not careful, we can sell out our very future.

In order to wear Lycra, race bikes, grind the gravel, flay the gnar-gnar on your shred sled, etc., you have to be fit. When you’re young, fitness is like a playful dog; it may leave you, but you can always count on it to come bounding back with the ball. However, as you get older, so does the Dog of Fitness. One day it’s not so quick […]

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