I’m spending too much time on YouTube, but it has its benefits 😂
Phil Gaimon was a professional cyclist. He retired in 2016 to find a real job (he wasn’t that good apparently), and developed a YouTube channel called The Worst Retirement Ever, where he travels the world trying to earn KOMs on the worlds toughest climbs. A formidable task, and the worst ever retirement.
Or is it?
I learned of Phil when he visited my hometown to attempt the Triple Crown. We have 3 local mountains, and each year there is a race up each of them in succession. Phil attempted to KOM each of them. I don’t know if he was successful or not. I haven’t found the video yet but it got me thinking.
I identify with Phil.
I’m retired, and all I really want to do is train, and cycle. I’m nowhere as fit, or fast, but then again, I’m also a lot older. By a long shot. And, I never raced professionally. No, I’m a recreational cyclist with an obsession. Instead of chasing KOMs around the world, I chase local PRs. It’s encouraging to see that even at my age, I can improve.
So maybe my blog needs to be renamed from PedalWORKS to The Worst Retirement. Certainly most people my age are not interested in pushing themselves physically the way I do. But I look at it differently.
What is more important than your health? My health?
Cycling gets me out the door, challenging myself, and engaged. What more could I ask for?
There is something.
Warm weather all year round. When we are done with COVID-19, I hope to spend the summer months at Camp PedalWORKS, and the winters in Arizona 😃
Qom chasing is my guilty pleasure, although there’s fewer female cyclists, especially in mtb. On a good day I can catch a few qoms on the road bike too. It’s nice to have something to aim foe 🚲
Unfortunately I live in a city filled with young male speedsters 😂 When I’m at the cottage where there are few road cyclists, I can grab the odd KOM. Keep up the good work.
Sounds like the BEST retirement ever! Mine is cycling across the nation but I have 4 years till that!