Time is always on the move and with time comes change. Just two years ago I was able to pedal my trike along at 20 mph. Then a year later I noticed that my top speed had slowed to 18 mph. And this year it is clear down to 15 mph. I am 75  1/2 years old. It is kind of scary to be experiencing this. This body is slowing down.

Oh, I can still go downhill as fast as always but even that is a bit of a mystery to me. Many others report that they had their trikes up in the 40s and even 50s going downhill. I don’t know what kind of hills they have but the steepest hill I know of around here  is pictured above. Riding down this hill I have only obtained 25 mph without an electric motor to assist me. With an e-motor I made it to 33 mph. Obviously that is not fast at all compared to what others have done. Even so I was going downhill fast. It has  been 2 or 3 years since I last rode there. As I have been sharing I seem to be going downhill rather fast and I don’t like it. I don’t think there is anything I can do about it though. I am most grateful that I am still able to go out riding each day and enjoy what I consider almost perfect health each and every day.

I would rather imagine it happens to the best of us sooner or later. I have a few issues I deal with but overall I certainly can’t complain. I have noticed how true the holy scriptures are which state that our lives are like a vapor or mist … here now but disappearing quickly. (https://www.openbible.info/topics/life_is_like_a_vapor_)  The older I get the faster time seems to go. It goes unbelievably fast. I am 75 now but it seems like it was only last week that I was 60 and two weeks ago that I was 40. A person asks themselves “Where did time go? How did I get this old so fast?”

I read that Paul McCartney wrote this popular song when he was only 16 years old …

I should be out riding right now instead of composing this. I am not getting any younger, you know? I would appreciate comments sharing about your personal experiences with aging.l And those who are younger will know what to expect as they age. May we all …


It’s funny … I did go for a ride right after I finished composing this and much to my surprise I found myself pedaling at 22 mph. Of course, I did not keep it up but I was quite surprised that I was able to pedal that fast. Most days 15 is as good as it gets. And as my ride went on today it did drop down to 15. After I had total knee replacement of both knee joints  late in 2012  I was pedaling the recumbent bike in physical  therapy  at 120 rpm cadence . The physical therapist made me stop. He did not want me doing that.  I don’t remember ever pedaling that fast before. I was surprised I could do it at that age (66) much less just after having the surgery. https://tadpolerider.com/?s=knee+joint+replacement


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Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

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