Fun at Fifty - Liz Peacock

April 19, 2018

I have always loved birthdays..... however, as I approached this one I found myself counting down in my head, and I started to ponder- how did this happen???!!!

For years now I have wondered when I would start to feel my age - like, start to act grown up, be an adult... I am not sure that has ever really happened. As my birthday got closer I wondered if this would be the time - if a switch would click over and I would be grown up?

OK, I have to get used to saying it - I am now 50... I have been this age for just over a week now, and I don't feel any different!

I have however been focussing for the last few months on getting stronger and fitter - I have no intention of easing off, of giving up my hobbies, my passion for mountain biking... but I accept that my body may need a bit more looking after if I want to stay healthy and strong.

I now work with a personal trainer and lift weights that I would never have thought possible.... I have been making myself get on the dreaded turbo trainer and do punishing interval and sprint sessions... I have helped out at a Downhill training camp (repeated runs of the Dunkeld DH track..on a trail my age!!) Loved it! And I am determined to give my level 3 mountain bike leader assessment my best shot!

Immediate birthday celebrations involved 4 bike rides....2 big days out in the lakes and 2 local spins, lovely food, some drink, an amazing cake ...and of course mates and family!! Plus many lovely gifts and a fabulous selection of cards..

I was asked last week if my attitude would be different if I was still slaving away in my corporate job - who knows?! All I know is that I am full of energy and life - I'm not stopping anytime soon! I'll do the training- I may even go for the odd run (it will be very odd) to keep my bones strong...(or I could drink more milk!)..
The celebrations will continue through the year - I love birthdays and will milk this one! I have a few bike big trips planned, am racing at 10 under the ben at the end of the month and then have a couple of alpine trips to look forward to in the summer..  #funatfifty #teamflare
Liz Peacock

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UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

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6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

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Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
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Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
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XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

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32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm