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    I know this is 50+, but what about 65+?

    How are you 50++++ riders getting stronger? Any training tips for a 66 year old whose back 8 months after a long hiatus? Been riding 60-80 miles a week and I'm close to riding as strong as I did 20 years ago. My endurance is pretty good, but I want to increase my speed.

    Thoughts?
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    I'm "only" 63 but what works for me to increase speed is intervals. No, not fun, very mentally as well as physically difficult, but yes they still work at my advanced age!

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    This is proof that Sticky threads have the opposite of their intended function.

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    Start off with heavy tires , then go lite . Old timers , its just another day above ground on a bike , thats a good day .

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    Weights and plyometrics in the gym and hard intervals on the trainer and rollers set at the time, speed and power goals you want to achieve.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Ride . . . ride . . . ride some more.
    Ride against the clock ( time trial ) for 1 full hour once a week.
    Ride the same route and keep track of your speed and time.
    Was doing that well into my 70s.
    Am now 81 and guess I've become a bit of a slacker as I ride only 100+ miles a week, year round, but not longer concerned about 'how fast' I ride.
    Pedal on!
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    Hmm!!

    So, I started a 65 - 85+ thread many years ago - and it, apparently, is sort of invisible. Sad about that, and, yes, stickies sometimes defeat their purpose.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Not invisible to me. I read and post there all the time.
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    TT intervals help but for pure speed I believe you need to do long hard rides in the peloton. If the rides are fast enough you will get dropped. Hang on as long as you can. The next time you will go further. After a few of these rides you will be able to stay with them. I still remember not believing you could do 40 mph for short periods.
    Now I m in my 70's and am lucky to reach 40 downhill.

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    Intervals as was suggested and also find a group of faster riders who are willing to wait when you get dropped.
    Plenty of people your age going fast and racing. Good luck!

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    My wife is within 18 mos. of age 65, and I am about 3 months behind her.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, didn't see the 65-85+ thread.
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    So change it to 60+ and it doesn't overlap. Fits me as well.

    I'm still a big fan of single speed training. Hills require power, long declines teach you cadence. And it's so elegant feeling --no shifts or dancing chains. Love riding my single speed on my favorite 30 mile workout route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zx9rmal View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, didn't see the 65-85+ thread.
    Time for new glasses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbg View Post
    So change it to 60+ and it doesn't overlap. Fits me as well.
    ??
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Hmm!!

    So, I started a 65 - 85+ thread many years ago - and it, apparently, is sort of invisible. Sad about that, and, yes, stickies sometimes defeat their purpose.
    Stickies are good when there are only a few, when you get more then 4 or 5, people quit looking at them. Maybe it's time to trim the herd...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zx9rmal View Post
    How are you 50++++ riders getting stronger? Any training tips for a 66 year old whose back 8 months after a long hiatus? Been riding 60-80 miles a week and I'm close to riding as strong as I did 20 years ago. My endurance is pretty good, but I want to increase my speed.

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    Crank up the miles to 150-160. Increase your Cadence.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Quote Originally Posted by zx9rmal View Post
    How are you 50++++ riders getting stronger? Any training tips for a 66 year old whose back 8 months after a long hiatus? Been riding 60-80 miles a week and I'm close to riding as strong as I did 20 years ago. My endurance is pretty good, but I want to increase my speed. Thoughts?
    Join a local club and try to stay up with the fast riders.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Im 66 not in florida so I'll just say Hi.. I have a really local utility use the bike to get places ethos , now.

    Training , Meh .

    Moved here in my 50th year returning from a Long British Isles bike tour. ..

    Now I have the VA trying to help me not go Blind , by Treating Glaucoma.

    No bike clubs. So no getting dropped in the 1st Mile.. were LBS rides, and they did ..



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    Thanks for the tips.
    Mal

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Ride . . . ride . . . ride some more.
    Ride against the clock ( time trial ) for 1 full hour once a week.
    Ride the same route and keep track of your speed and time.
    Was doing that well into my 70s.
    Am now 81 and guess I've become a bit of a slacker as I ride only 100+ miles a week, year round, but not longer concerned about 'how fast' I ride.
    Pedal on!
    Rudy/zonatandem
    +1!
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    My speed started increasing when I finally picked a tough steep hill and started doing 7 to 10 repeats on it once a week, during the riding season. By working the hill hard my speed has increased. I know, it does not make sense, but it happened.
    I started riding my bike to get healthy. Now I try to stay healthy so I can ride my bike.

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    Draft someone faster than you and you will go faster (at least until you hit a long hill).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    I'm "only" 63 but what works for me to increase speed is intervals. No, not fun, very mentally as well as physically difficult, but yes they still work at my advanced age!

    Rick / OCRR
    +1 When I can get myself to do one TT a week I find that I get faster at any distance. My TT is 17.5 miles and I find it to be a lot of fun.

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