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Help! Advice for riding in your 40s

Old 02-24-21, 06:56 PM
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When I hit my mid-40s I began to experience "crampy hands" and morning stiffness in my knees and back although my commuting didn't suffer. I played community league softball and my hands hurt from fielding and batting, and I played catcher a lot and getting up and down in and out of a squat behind the plate was tough.

Four years ago at 55 I started drinking yerba mate instead of coffee due to acid reflux (get ready for that thesongs ). For some people, myself included, yerba mate has some anti-inflammatory properties. At 59 I wake up without morning stiffness in my back and knees, and I can doo deep knee bends like I was 30. My hands are also a little bit better, but that may be because I converted my last straight-bar bike to drop bars which don't bother my hands as much.

The job I bike commuted to for 28 years ended last December, but I would say that or harder, I at 58 my average speed was down a bit, as was my stamina, but my endurance was still good, and I made up for any "feeling old" by pushing my low temperature threshold down to 5F, from 21F in my 30s and 40s. And I began riding in hotter weather with better gear.And I began riding in the rain with rain gear. And I began riding in the snow and ice with studded snow tires. And I began riding to all sorts of places I used to only drive, and carrying loads on my bike rack that I hadn't tried before...not so much heavier, but bulkier.

If I can't ride as hard and fast as when I was younger, I'm going to ride smarter, and more comfortable in harsher conditions.
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