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Old 06-22-13, 02:11 AM   #1
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Mid 30's too old to consider a serious training program.

I am wondering if i am at an age of being too late to consider to train more seriously. I want to improve my Time Trial times and road cycling and just in general for all type of cycling I do.

Want to learn still to become or able to ride faster then now. I am in my mid 30's male. Have been riding for almost 20 years. Back doing actual racing events in last 2 to 3 years, this 3rd year now. I have always been genetically slower rider . But I want to see how far i can improve. I want to be able to change my Time Trial times more and be able to really push the limits.

Perhaps beat the genetic code i was born with. Perhaps i am dreaming. But would this be a good idea to pursue getting more serious in my riding.

For age groups of this age range. Is there any type of organization that offers any serious type of racing events . Vs just for all the junior guys etc?
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Old 06-22-13, 02:30 AM   #2
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Of course you aren't too old. I didn't start racing until I was 57, and while I am not going to win many, I'm reasonably competitive in Cat4. Plus there are veterans (masters) categories.

However, you do need to sort yourself out and get more systematic. Reading the other threads you have started gives the impression that you are flitting from subject to subject, unclear whether you want to train with HR or power, and lacking any sort of plan. Get one of the many books on training for racing, and start following a program.
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Old 06-22-13, 04:59 AM   #3
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I raced for the first time when I was 31, and raced for the next 3 years ... in Manitoba. What province are you in?

I tired of the racing scene after 3 years, and switched to Randonneuring.
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Old 06-22-13, 08:16 AM   #4
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Dude. IMO, your problem is your pessimistic outlook, not your physical limitations. To put it as succinctly as possible, just do it.
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Structured training with a coach isn't for everyone... It depends on your goals and level of experience. If you want to race for fun, know how to train and ride well, then no, you don't need a coach.

Also if you're elite and already very good, a coach can only do so much, you can't expect miracle.

If you feel you've got a lot left to learn about, training, physiology, tactics, diet and lifestyle, then you have the most to gain.

Goal selection is key to the whole process too: Do you want to win elite races, turn pro, loose weight, become healthier, enjoy riding more?

I wrote a post about this a while back when I was asked this question for the first time: http://grimpeurheureux.com/do-you-need-a-cycling-coach/
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I am 38 and race and train quite a bit. Mind you it is just for fun as I am firmly set in my career. That and I will never progress far up the categories but I am fine with that. Mid 30s is not old. However, if you want to become a pro I fear your time is most likely done with.
Even though the mid 30s isn't old, I have learned that I need to train smarter and with specific goals in mind as my body doesn't bounce back quite as well.
I have an inquisitive nature and find training to be rather amusing.

Heck, there is always ultra cycling if your standard USAC\UCI competitive racing isn't your thing.
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Old 06-25-13, 08:25 AM   #7
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Stop looking for excuses as to why you cannot be fast and strong. It is up to you to make it happen. Not your genetics. Not your age.
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Yeah, you're definitely knocking at death's door at mid-30's , but this guy squeaked out an impressive feat at 38: http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com...lf-engers.html
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You can't beat your genetic code, but you can train harder and smarter, especially smarter. Same with racing. Train your weakness, race your strength. I've been riding for 60 years, but never got serious until I was 50. I kept getting faster until I was 63. Placed midfield then on local Cat 4 TTs on my road bike and in the top 10%-20% on local endurance events and brevets. I've always had a crappy VO2max. I still train seriously and am having fun riding tandem with my wife.
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I'm 46 and much faster than I was when I was 36. YMMV.
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Old 06-25-13, 10:34 AM   #11
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Yeah, mid-thirties is too old.
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It's bad enough when I start hearing 40- and 50-somethings complaining about being too old, now it's 30-somethings?

Sorry, OP. That sounds like it's directed at you, but it's really not. I hope you will do whatever you can to maximize your fitness but most importantly your enjoyment on the bike. For me, buying a powermeter and working with a coach (and actually doing the work he directs) has made huge improvements in my fitness. And that means I've been racing better and enjoying it much more.
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Old 06-26-13, 06:03 AM   #13
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No kidding. I have a friend who is 75 and races TTs. Last year was his first RR in ages.
If he can find a way to make it happen so can us "ancient" 30 somethings.
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