The Onset of a Terminal Disease
Please, don't even joke about it ...
I've been finding it hard work lately too. I dragged my sorry ass out of bed on Sunday and went out for a ride with about eight other guys/girls - I probably wouldn't have bothered except the ride was starting right outside my door and I needed something like that to get me motivated after what seems to have been an endless bout of flu and bronchitis.
I took the "Blue non-retro SS" and surprised myself - I seemed to be on a bit of a roll and rode everything at least as well as the others did (and all the drops and techy stuff that they "minced" down too) and got back home 4 hours later feeling like a Trail God again !!
Went out again on Tuesday with a mate over roughly the same route and felt that I was shit by comparison. Every climb dragged and even on the level and downhill sections I just couldn't turn it on like on Sunday.
I said to my friend that maybe I only have one good ride a week in me now.
I feel that my age is finally catching up with me - actually I spend a lot of time hoping and praying that that's all it is....
One positive thing though - I'm riding technical/steeper/sketchy stuff better than at any time previously. If somebody says "do you think it's possible to get a bike down there - is it cleanable ?" then I'm up for trying it.
Strange - people usually seem to get more cautious with age.