I began HRT due to a preexisting hypogonadism, which is also one of the reasons I started using AAS. I mean what did I have to lose.
As far as recovering after ten years of cycling, I think it is completely possible if you cycle correctly in the first place. Most people who use AAS don't go ten years with optimal time on and time off, and they tend to just be on most of the time.
This certainly does affect your time to recovery after a cycle. Plus the older you get the lower your capacity to naturally produce testosterone becomes, and having to recovery from a cycle to get back to a normally suboptimal production doesn't seem too appealing.
There is a point where you pretty much stop using AAS or you go on HRT, which after a couple years of use you'll pretty much make up your mind. Regardless, even if you've used AAS a handful of times and later in life you realize you aren't producing as much T (from natural decline), there is no way you'll turn down the opportunity for HRT.