Congrats on completing the season's first muddy 20-miler. It's not about age. It's a matter of posing a potential threat, but wearing a smile and general pleasantness dispell that notion. Females look at you when you don't look at them. This may not apply in all communities...like in my community which is full of "menopausal head cases". No worry. The dogs are another matter.
"Beneath his pessimism, his bleak conviction that all the machinery was rigged against him, at the bottom of his soul was a faith that he was going to outwit it by carefully watching the signs he was going to know when to dodge and be spared." -H.Thompson