Here it is early 2019. After 59 loops of the sun, I believe I have many more to go. I think cycling has helped with this confidence. And maybe that happens to everyone around this age. But, speaking of age…
Years ago while bike racing, I heard riders claim they were old and slow, always as a “setup for an ass kicking”, or an excuse for why they were behind me. There’s always somebody faster, and always at least one older rider who is faster. Yes, they were older than me, but I never thought age caused anyone to be slow. As I grew weary of hearing a comment (an excuse) that I could have been using, I decided I would never involve my age in discussions of performance or race results. Especially since I have never stuck to a training plan for any sport. I will admit that my constant desire to be faster has begun a taper.
Over the years, I’ve learned that activities are for personal enjoyment, even if it’s in a competition. Don’t get me wrong, making the podium is an awesome feeling! Been there a couple times, but not making that platform of honor does not mean losing. When you don’t really train, you have to accept that opinion, or you’ll quickly dive into depression, and maybe lose interest.
Somewhere in the middle of my activity years, about age 27 to now (59), I realized that my performance could always be compared to my perceived capability. What resulted is after a hard effort, I’d assess whether I beat myself or not. In “training” rides or runs, I’d contemplate my distance ahead of or behind where I thought I would have been. Yes, slightly strange way of performance judgement, but it helped me work harder.
Am I old? Am I slow? That all depends on perspective. But will I ever be pro? Probably not, but I believe that I have done enough miles to offer opinions on some equipment that I’ve used over the years, and some new things also. With that, here’s what this 59th year cyclist and runner, thinks.
I’m not that “super consumer” of all the latest tech, or even bikes. On average, my new bike purchases are around 4 years apart. Because I only buy the best! (Maybe I should throw another lie in here while you are considering the validity of that last one). Just like there’s always a faster rider, there’s always a better bike. The two I have now are better than the ones they replaced, which were better than…,you get it. Product testers and manufacturer’s marketing have always told me I did not have the best. So I’ve learned how to love the bikes I have. How? It’s not the bike, it’s the rider. I’ve never taken any of my bikes to their full performance limit.
I also don’t replace components or accessories very often, unless they are no longer performing. I do have a few things that need replacing now. I would say I experiment with odd items occasionally, but that implies short term testing, and I normally will continue use until it needs replacement. I’ve bought a few things that just didn’t work out, and I will be providing a negative, but respectful review soon.
In most reviews, I won’t be able to say I bought a competing product and give a long term review, especially with my normal use time span. With approval from my sole sponsor, I’ll acquire more items to test, but I still would much prefer to provide the long term review instead of what I read often “I’ve put 50 miles on this ******* and it’s awesome!” Or, “I’ve been using this two weeks and it’s the best ever!” But I will get to many things, as my list has been growing constantly. Someday, I may review something you have!