This is 40

Pardon my French, but how the actual flying fire truck did that happen?!?! Forty freakin years old already?!?! Sometimes it quite literally feels like I’ve been living as a 20-year-old for the past 20 years and then BAM! Forty…

There’s no denying I am deep into MAMIL territory now. I’m there. I don’t feel forty. Then again, what is forty even supposed to feel like? At the end of the day isn’t time just a man-made theoretical and social construct? Just another successful trip around the sun? Who knows, but here I am. Forty years old.

I really can’t complain. I’m happy, fit and healthy. I’ve had a pretty damn good life so far and if the next 40+ are even half as good as the last I’ll be counting my blessings. I’m hoping I don’t have to slow down too much just yet.

As for a new bike to celebrate 40 years? Well, that was the 2020 Canyon Aeroad I bought last year. I was going to wait until my 40th to buy it, but heard rumours of supply issues and also the rim-brake model being discontinued (both correct) so I jumped in early and I’m glad I did. It’s one hell of a speed machine and should (almost) make up for my ageing legs.

See also: How much faster is an aero bike?

So that’s basically all I have to say about that. I’m going to take some time to let this whole “40” thing soak in… 

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