Fitness for the Middle-Aged Alpha Male

#9: Be Social

Brian and I

In the end, it’s really important to do your workouts in the context of your friendships. If you really think you are going to break some world record, you are deluding yourself. Konstantin kept talking about the “race” we were training for. For a while I would correct him to say all this hard work was really just to go for a very long and hard ride with two of my best friends.

One of the really cool things about riding is that everybody has a GPS device that collects all kinds of data about every ride. So even if you live three thousand miles from your riding buddies, you can share daily workouts with each other. And in my case I could bitch about riding in subzero temperatures while my friends rode in beautiful Southern California sunshine.

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Thomas Matlack is a venture capitalist.


  1. I’ve run marathons, been really into yoga for years, and tried my hand at the martial arts. But I finally settled on road bike riding because it’s easy on my old man joints, a bunch of my friends are into it, there’s plenty of gearhead stuff to think about, and it combines tough aerobic activity with a great view. I have friends who swear by tennis, swimming, and even golf.

    Regarding the skintight cycling clothing.
    It is amazing how men can now only wear such clothing if the clothing has ‘clear utility’, otherwise the clothes now are ‘only for women’ (or men like me who say,’ er, this is originally menswear. im wearing it and the women can scorn away’)
    Yet, our glorious masculine male warrior ancestors birthed and nursed these clothes into history, NOT for the female form – but for OUR male form. Note too, how it is the form of the slender male body eg. legs that is used to sell these clothes to women

    It is in sportswear we find the last remanents of the clothing of our glorious masculine male warrior ancestors. The pangentry of the vibrant colours, patterns, skintight and/ or revealing clothing (though that too in the last twenty years has been under attack with the horrific reintroduction of victorian kneelength ‘nonsporting’ shorts. how on earth can sportspeople move freely in that crap. will they start wear heavy victorian ankle length hobnail boots too?!? thankfully aussierules football has resisted such nonsense)
    I used to find it odd that men would wear replica shirts outside of matchday. But now mine eyes have been opened, and i understand it is currently the only way that most other men (over30) can peaCOCK.
    ive noticed too come Halloween in Cardiff, the number of men that dive into ‘women’s clothing’ or wear skintight clothing.
    How the peacock yearns for liberation, so it can strut with the masculine swaggerjuiccce, of its ancestors.
    breeches and lets not forget the thinner fabriced but similiarly styled Feminalia of the roman man
    note the shoes. henry is wearing silk stockings or pantyhose, while charles could possibly be wearing velvet stockings or pantyhose

    Go on Tom, admit it 😉
    A big part of you also chose cycling not just because of the low impact on the knees (my knees have gone too), but because it allowed you the freedom to wear skin tight revealing clothing in public.

    Cycling allows you to PEACOCK like a lighthouse in the darkest night

  2. Hiram Vega says:

    Esta excelente la retórica que se asocia directamente a la catarxis aunque en apariencia pertenece al estereotipo satanizado de macho. Esta muy simpático y crea camaradería. Un abrazo.

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