Just wondering if any of you feel this way - I turned 50 a few months ago. I always thought when I was this age I would be
one of those mellow guys who slowed way down and was content to work, hopefully have some financial security, a decent house ,etc.
I'm lucky enough to have all those things but I still want to ride dirt bikes and mountain bikes ALL the time......most of my friends and co-workers act like a bunch of old men and it just pisses me off! I never want to be like that!
I just spent 2 hours in my garage wrenching on my CRF and one of my mountain bikes and I just LOVE this stuff!
Welcome to the club! I'm like you as well. I haven't slowed down much but I have much better self preservation instincts!!
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Be happy you still have the health to do those these things, and congratulations for taking care of yourself so you can.
I think a lot of people have the aches and pains catch up with them and it drags on the motivation to get out there and do those things your doing. I know it does for me and Im "only" in my early 40s.
I'm getting close. I'm about to turn 45 and I look at a lot of guys I went to high school with and they look/act like old men. But then again, a lot of mornings after riding, I feel like an old man myself! LOL
52..race and ride more now than I ever have. Bottom line is after over 30 years I still just love to ride.
I'm 67, still ride but slowly now (heck I was always slow). I have some medical issues and those keep my throttle from being twisted hard. My brain says I could do it, my body says don't go there. But it really doesn't matter how slow we get, the important thing is to be on the bike. Two strokes forever!
Be 51 in December, still ride and race a bit.
Kids still like to camp at the track, and do some riding. We've gotten to the point where the racing is almost secondary to seeing all the friends and getting some seat time.
The Saturday practice days are a blast, and I usually ride just one class now... Down from 2 or 3 in the past.
As time goes by, the one constant is when spring time hits there are a bunch of people wtih bike fever at my house.. :-)
I turned fifty this year and I am one race away from the plus fifty championship,and I blew out my ACL 5 weeks ago,and after the knee injury everyone in my life was like your to old for this and I guess you'll finally quit riding now,but my 13 year old daughter was like dad you gotta get the championship and motivated me to try riding the very next sunday(much to my wife and doctors disdain)anyhoo I got some CTI braces and I'm now a tenth place or better finish away from the big trophy for my girl,,,ps, the nurse@ my first dr.visit about fell on the floor laffing when I told the doc I was to young to take up golf (nothing but golfing pictures on his walls)
always get a chuckle seeing old dudes at the track..cause when i think of older men, they are jut boring, working stiffs who live in their past or are obsessed with baseball/football/etc
life is a participant sport!!
KEEP WORKING, MILLIONS ON WELFARE DEPEND ON YOU!
I'll be 50 next year and MX is still my obsession. I try to ride twice a week when the weather is good. I just hope I can make my body last long enough for the +60 class.
50 this summer and doing sightlap speed a few times this year. Only when sun is shining. Going to Dubai for off road tour with friends (48-54) on James Wests Emirates bikes tour. Want to mark it on my 100 list. Maybe Spain tour next year if economics gets little better. Set up "goals" with fun things to do or see every possible time makes life happy is my belife. Cleaning wardrobe, car or shopping, gardening, golf is not a goal....
52 now and riding every weekend with my kids. I was late coming into the sport (50 years old when i first got on a bike), but have acquired my kids obsession with the sport. I remember my first race after about 3 weeks on the bike. I entered the beginner class since there was nobody there in my age class. When I went to staging the guy running the race wanted to boot me out of the beginner class, saying "I've never seen a 50 y/o beginner". I just told him to watch me closely then, since he was about to see his fist one. A lot of guys my age who have raced their whole lives quit riding because they realize they have to back it down a bit and they don't really enjoy it if they can't go all out. With me, I am slow, but slow is all I've ever known so I have a blast.
I'm 62 an I can relate with you. Last year I rode every weekend an raced some also in the 50 an 55+ classes. I still work on bikes for the extra cash to go riding. But this year it is getting tougher as I have a few minor ailments. I got 3 bikes that I ride or race. I have been doing this since 1969. Best exercise there is, because you can have enjoyment while doing it.
Turning the big 50 this January. Still train 3 to 4 days a week so fitness is not an issue. Riding sucked this past summer-no time with my daughter playing soccer. Trying to free up more time to ride and race next year. That is the beauty of the winter-having the goal to ride in the spring! Absence makes the heart grow fonder so they say.....
"We are the architects of our own fate." Muhammad Yunus
I have less than 2 months to go to reach 50. Seems like just in the last year my body has started to complain more. Mostly the elbows.
Around the Portland area there are quite a few guys in their 50s who still haul and smoke most of the kids and a lot of guys who still ride and race more casually. The vet practices and races are often the largest classes.