My Passion for Cycling at 68

 

Bruce Bussell of The Old Guy Bicycle Blog on a Long Distance Tour
As a 68-year-old cyclist, I can confidently say that age is just a number. Despite being slower than I was 40 years ago, my passion for cycling remains just as strong as ever. Cycling has been a part of my life for decades, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Some may wonder why I continue to ride at my age, but for me, the answer is simple. Cycling is a great way to stay healthy and active, and it keeps me feeling young at heart. It's a low-impact exercise that doesn't put too much strain on my joints, and it's an excellent way to maintain my cardiovascular fitness.

Of course, cycling at 68 is different from cycling in my younger years. I have to take more precautions now, such as stretching before I ride and being more aware of my surroundings. I also have to be mindful of my body's limitations and not push myself too hard. But with a bit of common sense and care, I can still enjoy the ride and feel the wind in my face.

One of the great things about cycling is that it's a social activity even when riding a solo tour. It seems like every time I stop to fill my water bottles at a convenience store there is at least one person who wants to chat. I have met some really cool people this way. 

I once was riding through a small Louisiana town and was looking for the beginning of a 30 mile bicycle trail. I stopped just outside a small interior decorator store. A woman came running out to talk to me. She wanted to know all about my ride. Apparently, hundreds of touring cyclists come by that same place I was and almost always stop to get their bearings. She loves hearing the stories.

I chatted with her for about 30 minutes. We were from 2 very different cultures. She was very interesting and I think I was very interesting to her. It turns out we were the same age and she seldom got to chat with a senior cyclist like me. Most cyclists coming through are younger.

I will never see that lady again and I cannot even remember her name but just getting to chat with someone so different than me was a great memory. That's what I mean when I say cycling is social even when it is a solo pursuit.

Another benefit of cycling is the mental health benefits. There's something about being out in nature, feeling the sun on my face, and breathing in the fresh air that clears my mind and lifts my spirits. Cycling is a great stress-reliever, and it helps me stay positive and focused.

Age should never be a barrier to pursuing your passions. If you have a love for cycling, don't let your age hold you back. With a bit of care and caution, you can continue to enjoy the ride for many years to come. So, grab your bike, put on your helmet, and let's hit the road!

I hope you liked this post enough to check out more of my blog.  Here is my next post:  Embracing the Highs and Lows of Cycling: From Candyland to the Valley of Darkness

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