Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by CrankyOne
Any advice welcomed!
Yea- Don't do it.
Didn't have that long a layoff but at 52 I decided to get back to my serious offroad Enduros and long rides that I used to do. It had taken me a while to get over the Bypass but I felt that I could do it. Boy was that training hard. I really got into it and fitness started coming back. Then another setback and it was a couple of years before I did my first 100 miler.
Training had been hard but not hard enough. That first enduro hurt. I mean really hurt. Didn't stop me though as I had proved I could do the distance- just not do it well enough. So for the next 3 years I trained harder and longer and did this ride each year. Finally sense got hold of me and I realised that I was expecting just a bit too much from this body that was getting more tired and worn out each year.
So if you are going back- make certain that you do get the training in. Most of which is going to be the mental part. It takes a lot of effort to keep going when you get slaughtered by the 20 year old on a bike that he cannot ride and you cannot afford. Untill you realise that you have to train harder and longer on a body that just wants to take a rest.
It will be hard but you are only young once- You can do it.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.