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I Bought an Electric Bike Because Getting Older Sucks!

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That’s right, an electric bike, and nope it’s not cheating!

I still pedal like I did on my regular bike.

I’m not talking about the motorized seater or whatever they’re called.

Mine looks like a regular bike except it has a battery that activates a motor but only when I want to use it for ‘assistance’. It helps to give more push to my pedalling.

Where I live, it’s full of hills, so going either left or right from my house, there is a hill and one is so steep, when you walk it up, you’re almost perpendicular to the road.

I had stopped biking for about 2 years because it really hurt my knees and I couldn’t go far anyway.

Then I saw this electric bike advertised in a magazine (yep for ‘mature’ people like me) and went in search of one. That completely changed my life.

And last weekend I learned about this Butt Cream, yeah I laughed too, but it really exist.

It’s for biker’s butts to help sooth the skin where it rubs against the seat of the bike.

I still get a sore bum and yet I have this extra large padded seat. Maybe I should search the internet for other solutions….like a pillow!

Getting older sucks, that’s why you have to adjust to make up for it.

 

So what about winter – no electric bike?

I live in Quebec, Canada and we do get a lot of snow and it’s freezing most days. When I was younger, I used to go downhill skiing at least 3 times a week and it was wonderful. You don’t mind the cold when you can move and be challenged by getting down without falling LOL

Because of those darn knees, I can’t go downhill skiing anymore. I did cross-country skiing for a while but winters are not what they used to be around here. It could be very icy on those trails.

My snowshoes replace my electric bike in the winter.

My friend and I go on the golf course just around the corner. We just put them on and start walking.

Weird thing is that regular walking on the street for more than 20 minutes really hurt my knees and ankles but I can snowshoe from 90 minutes to 2 hours and just feel great. Go figure.

And snowshoes are cheap and easy to carry, you don’t need to put wax on them (like cross-country skis).

When you get older, you need to still enjoy activities and the outside and adjusting is the key to stay young!

 

So what do I do for my brain?

Now as far as my brain goes, it’s still pretty much the same as when I was younger, maybe even better. Just my opinion!

But like all the other parts of the body, your mind still needs stimulation to stay young.

I play lots of games on my iPad, word games, puzzle games.

When I turned 50, I asked myself what I wanted to do for the rest of my life LOL. Truly. I could do anything that I love. So I learned how to create and design websites…which I did for clients for 15 years.

Last year, I decided I didn’t need the stress anymore.  But I’m still very active in the blogging world as I maintain and write for this blog.  I mingle with a much younger crowd on social medias and I feel right at home.

So everyday my brain cells are hard at work and that’s how I help it stay young!

So what about you? What do you do for fun?

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  1. I love this Lise! I can relate to your hills as where I live there are hills too and if I want to ride into town itโ€™s a great, exhilarating ride downhill but I know I have to come back up the hill afterwards which puts a bit of a dampener on it all. I have ridden an ebike when we did a cycle tour in Croatia and loved it. I was surprised that I still had to work hard but it did assist me up the mountains which was a godsend as I was recovering from a recent appendectomy!!

    Good on you, it sounds like youโ€™re being creative and active and I love your approach. I use my blog and photography as my creative outlet and enjoy the connections (like meeting you here) that have come as a result.

    All the best and Iโ€™ll be following along with you from now on.

    1. You were brave doing a cycle tour after an appendectomy ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes I need to keep creative for my brain and somewhat active for my body! I just sign up to follow you on your blog and your FB page. So nice to meet you…from a cold spot in Canada ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. thanks Debbie, and yes have to go read about your travels and your photography. Sounds like fun. Have a nice weekend.:)

  2. Hello Lise it is so lovely to meet you through Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook group and I’m so happy you linked up your post. I can’t ride a bike would you believe? I just have never been able to get the hang of it. However, I think the electric bike is a great idea. You live in a beautiful part of the world. My husband and I visited Quecbec about 4 years ago and just fell in love with it. They suggest that trail running is better for your knees than running on road so perhaps the same applies to snow. I love your attitude and would love you to be a guest writer in my Over 50 & Thriving series. Can you contact me if you are interested and I will send you more details? sue@sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au Have a fabulous weekend x PS Hubby and I are cruise fans as well.

    1. Hi Sue, I just found your group this week and I’m excited to be a member.

      Was it Quebec City you visited? I live near Montreal, Qc, so about 3 hours South of Quebec City. And nope running in snow is not a good idea LOL – I do snowshoeing though since my knees won’t let me downhill skying anymore. You gotta do something in winter otherwise, the months a very long.

      I have a lot of posts to write on cruises, we just came back from a 16-day one.

      I’m very interested to guest write for sure. Will send you an email. Thank you so much for asking. Have a great weekend as well.

  3. Hi Lise! I too have been tempted to get one of those electric bikes–but I’m holding off for a while. Meanwhile I just tool around on a beach cruiser and that suits me pretty well. I’m NEVER going to be a road warrior so as long as I’m having fun, then I’m good. And good for you for staying active and having fun yourself. I believe that is such a gift we give ourselves no matter what our age. I also believe that keeping our mind active and learning is a real key to a long and happy future. Keep it up! ~Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy, your beach cruiser beats my electric bike any day for sure! Absolutely agree that we should have fun at any age. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lise I love how you’ve modified your lifestyle to meet the limitations age brings with it (we all know about that!) You are so active and I always admire people who are willing to get outside when it’s freezing cold – rather than just sitting around inside with a book and a blanket. It’s summer here in Australia, but your snowshoe picture made me smile. Lovely to meet you thru Sue’s Thrive group x

    1. Nice to meet you as well Leanne. I wish I could be more active in winter, but this year, there’s been a lot of ice, so even snowshoeing is not feasible. Can’t wait for spring so I can get out and walk more. Loved your virtual coffee post.

  5. Yes it seems we all need to make adjustments as the years go by, but you appear to be thriving through those adjustments. Like Sue I have never learnt to ride a 2 wheeler bike but I am planning to get an electric trike in the near future.

    1. Hi Jan, I wasn’t sure what you meant by trike, so had to google it LOL. Wow! some of them are so cute. I guess when I can’t balance on my bike anymore I’ll go for a trike. Thanks for enlightening me ๐Ÿ™‚

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