Have you ever thought you would cycle past the age of 50? Ron, my fiancé didn’t think so, not until he met me.
It’s no secret that exercise is extremely important in our midlife or middleaged years, whichever you prefer to call it.
With proper training and the right attitude cycling can become a favorite activity in addition to maintaining your endurance and health.
And more importantly it’s a FUN to do with fellow riders, family and friends.
If you plan on cycling long distances, it’s important to have the right fuel. I have my favorite nutritional supplementation which not only provides the required energy, it also replenishes those necessary nutrients that get used up when doing endurance activities.
I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors. It was about 15 years ago when I fell in love with cycling. When I started, there weren’t too many people my age riding bicycles, at least not where I lived. And the roads weren’t very cycle friendly back then, nor were many of the motorists.
Fast forward. There are hundreds of cyclists now on the road and on the trails. Thankfully, motorists have become much more courteous and are willing to share the road.
Today, cycling groups with members over the age of 50 are flourishing and looking for interested persons like YOU to join their ranks. Many of them go for cycle rides anywhere from 25 to 100 kms in a day. They often consist of road and trail rides. It’s such a great place to meet other people with similar interests AND at the same time do something that keeps you active and healthy.
If you haven’t started cycling yet but would like to, there are a several books that offer some great pointers on how to get started. One such book I recommend is “Cycling Past 50″
This book provides an in-depth look at the full range of considerations for cycling successfully into and through middle age.
When I first met Ron, he didn’t cycle but he knew how much I loved it. He decided to purchase a road bike and picked up a great second hand deal on clipless shoes, cycling pants and gloves. The whole “meal deal”! His son joked with him when he found out that he was wearing the tight “spandex” cycling shorts. Maybe he never thought he would see his dad cycle past 50? Actually Ron said he just could never imagine himself wearing cycling shorts. Never say never. He quickly found out that padded cycling shorts are a MUST on long distance rides.
Ron now loves cycling. We often venture out on our bikes with some fellow cyclists, friends, or on our own. We’ve discovered and explored many places on the bike that we probably would never have found if we weren’t cycling.
Ron and I took a cycle break at a beach on one of our 80 km bike rides. If we had taken our bathing suits, we would have gone in for a quick swim as it was an extremely hot day.
It’s never to late to incorporate cycling into your life. You pick the bike that will fit your lifestyle, whether that is for cycling around town, road, or trail cycling. Some people do all three.
It’s a GREAT way to stay fit and have fun at the same time. And you never know who you will meet and potentially become your next best friend.
And you’ll also be surprised where your next cycle journey may take you. It’s a different pace, a different perspective. Your appreciation for your surroundings, nature and the people around you will grow. Pretty soon you’ll be hooked and like Ron, join countless others experiencing a NEW LIFE.
If you’re already a cycler, respond and let me know your favorite cycle ride. We’re always looking for new adventures and new friends.
Happy Cycling past 50