Giving up the racing bike dealing with growing older gracefully.

Last week I had to sell my racing bike. I had great fun on it but due to an ongoing chest problem I struggled with breathing whilst cycling. I got soaked on my Cycle to Syracuse training during a wild day cycling from Lockerbie to Edinburgh in 2018. The constant soaking I got that day during Hurricane Calumn without a doubt lead to me being very I’ll. I had to go to hospital in the USA and struggled with breathing. The doctors said I nearly caught pneumonia and to this day I am effected by the damage done. It was sad selling the bike but I still have my old mountain bike to potter about on. Once I get my car back on the road I will be looking for an e bike.

It’s all part of getting older and adjusting to it. It’s not easy but I am so lucky to be able to get out and about still. I get a bit jealous when I see folk running, playing football and cycling. As you get older it gets harder but still worth going out. It’s so easy to accept old age and become a couch potato? To see so many in the great outdoors is uplifting and to watch my grandkids on their bikes gives me a warm feeling.

So I will continue pottering about on my old bike just now going slow and being overtaken by all and sundry. Yet it’s easy to feel another part of life has moved on you just have to adjust to what you can do and enjoy what we have.

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About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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5 Responses to Giving up the racing bike dealing with growing older gracefully.

  1. dogweejohn says:

    I know what you mean Heavy. Just come in from a quick 10 mile circuit on my old Daws tourer. After listening to me wheezing up the hills, Viv asked if I would like an electric bike for my next birthday. Tempting!

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  2. h.anderson770 says:

    I know what you mean Heavy, I’ve had to book a buggy for next week’s round of golf

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  3. Alan says:

    Yep I hate old age it’s a real bummer BUT I’ve now got an E Bike and it’s back to enjoying cycling again. Last year I used it to access some remote Corbetts. What a joy. So look forward to your exploits on a new steed. Stay well. Stay safe.


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