Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

You know you are slowing down when...

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

You know you are slowing down when...

Old 07-10-21, 01:23 AM
  #26  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 13,003

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 191 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4265 Post(s)
Liked 2,220 Times in 1,433 Posts
I don't even need to leave home to know I'm getting older and slower. When I get up in the middle of the night to pee, my 16 year old cat gets to the litter box first -- with cats, getting up to pee or going to the kitchen for a snack or drink initiates a group effort of social peeing or social snacking. According to cat/human guesstimates, that's around age 80 for her.
canklecat is online now  
Likes For canklecat:
Old 07-10-21, 06:23 AM
  #27  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 31,039
Mentioned: 199 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13745 Post(s)
Liked 6,626 Times in 3,362 Posts
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I don't even need to leave home to know I'm getting older and slower. When I get up in the middle of the night to pee, my 16 year old cat gets to the litter box first -- with cats, getting up to pee or going to the kitchen for a snack or drink initiates a group effort of social peeing or social snacking. According to cat/human guesstimates, that's around age 80 for her.
Use the toilet. Or get a second litter box. Bathroom competition problem solved.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 07-10-21, 08:53 AM
  #28  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 5,834
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1734 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 802 Times in 496 Posts
A few years ago, I was doing laps on an ~800' climb- about 7.5%.

On one of the laps, a runner appeared ahead and I thought no problem, I'll catch him,

but he stayed ahead for 2/3 of the hill, and powered on up a trail at the top of the pavement.

A cat 6 race of shame...
woodcraft is offline  
Likes For woodcraft:
Old 07-10-21, 12:43 PM
  #29  
Pop N Wood
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,163

Bikes: 1982 Bianchi Sport SX, Rayleigh Tamland 1, Rans V-Rex recumbent, Fuji MTB, 80's Cannondale MTB with BBSHD ebike motor

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 552 Post(s)
Liked 432 Times in 285 Posts
First time I realized I was slowing down is when a woman on a mountain bike passed me.

That was 30 years ago, she was a very strong rider.

More recently it was when I couldn't keep up with some kid in spider man jammies
Pop N Wood is offline  
Old 07-10-21, 03:04 PM
  #30  
OldRailfan
Old enough, hmmm?
 
OldRailfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Coldstream, BC Canada
Posts: 164

Bikes: DeVinci, Bianchi, Nishiki, RBSM Mud Adder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Liked 47 Times in 36 Posts
Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir View Post
The time to pass e-bikers is when going downhill!
There is more enjoyment when it happens at 0 grade on the Rail Trail. On that downhill bit, I showed SWMBO my short video around our hilly test loop. A very pronounced lean going through curves that aren't quite a switchback, but getting close. I'm still looking for the right "Old guys rule" t-shirt.
OldRailfan is offline  
Old 07-10-21, 05:47 PM
  #31  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 31,039
Mentioned: 199 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13745 Post(s)
Liked 6,626 Times in 3,362 Posts
Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
A few years ago, I was doing laps on an ~800' climb- about 7.5%.

On one of the laps, a runner appeared ahead and I thought no problem, I'll catch him,

but he stayed ahead for 2/3 of the hill, and powered on up a trail at the top of the pavement.

A cat 6 race of shame...
Heh. I know the feeling. I was climbing a hill on the last day of an unsupported tour. A runner was up ahead. The hill wasn’t as steep as yours, but I was determined to catch him before the top. I barely did. I gave him props when I finally caught him. I was SMH at myself inside.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 07-10-21, 06:29 PM
  #32  
DaveLeeNC
Senior Member
 
DaveLeeNC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pinehurst, NC, US
Posts: 1,590

Bikes: 2020 Trek Emonda SL6, 90's Vintage EL-OS Steel Bianchi with 2014 Campy Chorus Upgrade

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 362 Post(s)
Liked 112 Times in 73 Posts
Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
A few years ago, I was doing laps on an ~800' climb- about 7.5%.

On one of the laps, a runner appeared ahead and I thought no problem, I'll catch him,

but he stayed ahead for 2/3 of the hill, and powered on up a trail at the top of the pavement.

A cat 6 race of shame...
From what I understand a bike does not have much of an efficiency advantage over a runner up a steep grade. And a runner isn't trying to get his weight and the bike's weight up a hill.

Does anyone know if a bike has significant efficiency advantages over a runner up a steep (say 8+%) grade?

dave
DaveLeeNC is offline  
Old 07-10-21, 07:28 PM
  #33  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 5,834
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1734 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 802 Times in 496 Posts
Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
From what I understand a bike does not have much of an efficiency advantage over a runner up a steep grade. And a runner isn't trying to get his weight and the bike's weight up a hill.

Does anyone know if a bike has significant efficiency advantages over a runner up a steep (say 8+%) grade?

dave

Even a 10 minute mile is 6 mph, which is a normal cycling speed up a hill, so I didn't actually feel that bad-

especially as I was shooting for a 10k day.

At a certain point, the cyclist is just pushing the added weight of the bike uphill vs the runner.
woodcraft is offline  
Old 07-10-21, 08:39 PM
  #34  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 13,003

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 191 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4265 Post(s)
Liked 2,220 Times in 1,433 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Use the toilet. Or get a second litter box. Bathroom competition problem solved.
I'm not worried about accidentally peeing in the cats' litterbox when I'm half asleep. I'm worried about eating out of their dish when I'm half asleep. That stuff smells awful.
canklecat is online now  
Old 07-10-21, 11:01 PM
  #35  
downtube42
Senior Member
 
downtube42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 2,833

Bikes: Soma Fog Cutter, Volae Team, Priority Eight (for sale), Nimbus MUni, Trek Roscoe 6, Focus Mares.

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 464 Post(s)
Liked 975 Times in 493 Posts
...when I'm riding my recumbent downhill and I get passed by an upright bike.

...when I'm on my road bike and I can't beat my recumbent uphill PRs

...when my choice of bike is determined by what will hurt the least, above all else

But more than anything else, when I look in the mirror.
downtube42 is offline  
Likes For downtube42:
Old 07-11-21, 09:34 AM
  #36  
tomato coupe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2,350

Bikes: Colnago, Van Dessel, Factor, Cervelo, Ritchey

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1440 Post(s)
Liked 2,146 Times in 889 Posts
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I'm not worried about accidentally peeing in the cats' litterbox when I'm half asleep. I'm worried about eating out of their dish when I'm half asleep. That stuff smells awful.
The food dish is the small round one.
tomato coupe is offline  
Likes For tomato coupe:
Old 07-11-21, 10:05 AM
  #37  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 31,039
Mentioned: 199 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13745 Post(s)
Liked 6,626 Times in 3,362 Posts
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I'm not worried about accidentally peeing in the cats' litterbox when I'm half asleep. I'm worried about eating out of their dish when I'm half asleep. That stuff smells awful.
Maybe your cat would appreciate a kitty toilet training kit.

https://www.amazon.com/CitiKitty-Cat.../dp/B000F1OS20
indyfabz is offline  
Old 07-11-21, 11:44 AM
  #38  
MNebiker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: MN
Posts: 185
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Liked 103 Times in 57 Posts
Last summer there were a couple of cross country skiers on the trail, training on rollerskis with ski poles. I only caught up to them on hills and had to wait for a long hill before I was able to pass them. These dudes were quick on the flat and scary fast on the downhill sections.

Also had some kid blow past me on a onewheel electric roller board (single fat roller in the middle - sort of looks like a balance board) Kid must have been doing well over 20 mph in shorts, tee shirt, no pads, no helmet. Oh to be young and indestructible again!
MNebiker is offline  
Likes For MNebiker:
Old 07-11-21, 12:23 PM
  #39  
daniell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 11 Times in 6 Posts
I could not keep up with a young fellow who was on a bike carrying a surfboard.
daniell is offline  
Old 07-11-21, 12:23 PM
  #40  
Outrider1
Senior Member
 
Outrider1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 191

Bikes: Trek Emonda ALR 5, Motobecane Cafe Disc Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 63 Post(s)
Liked 112 Times in 53 Posts
Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Fixed for you.
Brilliant! Can't believe nobody else commented.
Outrider1 is offline  
Old 07-11-21, 03:17 PM
  #41  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,259

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2913 Post(s)
Liked 2,269 Times in 1,110 Posts
Originally Posted by Outrider1 View Post
Brilliant! Can't believe nobody else commented.
Maybe too obvious.
GlennR is offline  
Old 07-11-21, 03:22 PM
  #42  
bikehoco
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 17 Posts
When I was younger, I was obsessed with my speed, always trying to beat my personal best. Now I’m content logging miles / minutes on the bike to maintain fitness.
bikehoco is offline  
Likes For bikehoco:
Old 07-14-21, 05:06 PM
  #43  
MNHarv
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Sartell, MN
Posts: 294

Bikes: Trek Millennia, Trek 400, Raleigh Superbe, Giant OCR3, Bianchi Milano

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 29 Posts
You stop caring about getting passed.
MNHarv is offline  
Old 07-14-21, 05:41 PM
  #44  
Bald Paul
Senior Member
 
Bald Paul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Boiling Springs, SC, USA
Posts: 371

Bikes: ICAN w/ Di2, Fezzari

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 171 Post(s)
Liked 249 Times in 124 Posts
You know you're old when you *let* them pass you to give them a head start.
Then you forget that they are well ahead of you and never speed up to catch them.
Bald Paul is offline  
Likes For Bald Paul:
Old 07-14-21, 06:05 PM
  #45  
Ghazmh
Senior Member
 
Ghazmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: The banks of the River Charles
Posts: 1,652

Bikes: 2020 Seven Evergreen, 2019 Honey Allroads Ti, 2018 Seven Redsky XX, 2017 Trek Boon 7, 2014 Trek 520, 2006 Gary Fisher Montare

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 513 Post(s)
Liked 483 Times in 286 Posts
…..you get passed by a Surly fat bike.
Ghazmh is offline  
Old 07-16-21, 03:30 PM
  #46  
Sojodave
Senior Member
 
Sojodave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Utah
Posts: 557

Bikes: The Blurple Specialized Roubaix Pro

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Liked 127 Times in 64 Posts
When you hear "on your left" and it's a kid on a skateboard...
Sojodave is offline  
Old 07-16-21, 03:32 PM
  #47  
Sojodave
Senior Member
 
Sojodave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Utah
Posts: 557

Bikes: The Blurple Specialized Roubaix Pro

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Liked 127 Times in 64 Posts
When you get a massive tail wind and you pedal your guts out on your local hill and find out on Strava you are the 6,182nd fastest.
Sojodave is offline  
Likes For Sojodave:
Old 07-16-21, 06:32 PM
  #48  
rsbob 
Sniveling Weasel
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 1,503

Bikes: Orbea Orca, Fondriest Racing, Bianchi Trofeo, Bianchi Infinito, Schwinn Varsity, Trek mtn

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 545 Post(s)
Liked 806 Times in 506 Posts
In my early 30s I was always in the top 5 during hill climbs with my local cycling club. Took a couple of years off the bike to return in my late 30s and road with a LBS Tuesday night fun ride. My clock was so well cleaned on the hills by some 20 year olds and pacelines at 25-26 MPH that I had to ditch those rides. Boy did I feel old.
__________________
Rick S

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche. “An argument based reasoned fact, beats one based on emotional rantings every time” Anon





rsbob is offline  
Old 07-16-21, 08:01 PM
  #49  
Random11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 248
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 121 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 157 Times in 89 Posts
Years ago, before I started cycling, I had a regular running route through a nearby state park. I was running along a trail when a woman ran up behind me, and as she passed, she said "How far are you going today?" I answered "Nine miles." She said "I'm going eleven" as she zipped on past me."

I knew I was slowing down before I started cycling.
Random11 is offline  
Likes For Random11:
Old 07-16-21, 10:29 PM
  #50  
OldRailfan
Old enough, hmmm?
 
OldRailfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Coldstream, BC Canada
Posts: 164

Bikes: DeVinci, Bianchi, Nishiki, RBSM Mud Adder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Liked 47 Times in 36 Posts
Not to worry you'll get used to the younger guys doing it. By the time you get to 50 it will get worse, by the time you get to 60 you won't be worrying about it.

Good ride on the Okanagan Rail Trail (ORT) today. Only got passed by a chick on an e-bike and a guy on a road bike. The chick was going at a steady 28 klicks and I wasn't trying to keep up since there were another 40 klicks ahead.
OldRailfan is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.