America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

01 July 2006

80 is the new 40

That's according to Hugh Heffner... This evening my wife and I discussed bicycle racing (initiated by the doping news which broke today at the Tour de France), namely how it is a sport without age limitations. There are 40-something racers who can tear a race wide open and leave most of the 20-somethings in their wake. Cycling is a sport which does not traumatize the body's joints. It's very fluid. The fact that aging riders can dominate younger ones is proof enough. (Running- now there's a sport I hope never to enjoy.) From what I've seen, read, and experienced personally, Bicycle racing strengthens the heart, lungs, muscles and circulation, such that it is pretty certain to me that it adds years to one's life. It's an individual sport which tests every limit, and which strengthens the body and the mind. Judging from the people who I have been competing against and training with for the past 20 years, it's a good crowd to run with- one you will never hesitate to introduce your children to. To me that says it all.
As a racer friend named Thad precisely pointed out recently, the wives and girlfriends of us racers are 'widows' by virtue of the amount of time we spend away from them, on the roads training, or out of town racing. We should all salute the cyclist widows and appreciate the amount of negligence which they have tolerated to date. Hopefully they understand that there are 1001 hobbies, habits and past-times which are quite ugly and pointless compared to bicycle racing. This probably offers little comfort, but it's usually our only defense against the guilt trips we face for being absent for so many hours a week, out on the roads testing our limits and increasing our life spans... It's hard to apologize for doing something which is so difficult to excel at and so beneficial to our health, but we do it anyway because guilt is an easily manipulated emotion. Let me point out that nothing will deflate a cyclist's motivation, enthusiasm and confidence, as effectively as guilt...

Maybe we need to begin pointing out that because of cycling, "40 is the new 20"... For what it's worth I believe it's true, and that it's a good thing.

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