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Old 10-28-04, 06:37 PM
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Cycling past 50: What did you think?

I recently bought & read the book "Cycling past 50" by Joe Friel , would did you think of it ?
I found it full of good usefull info. but a bit dry! Too many charts, graphs & tables for me ! I tend to associate graphs & that with technical books ! but definatly a usefull book.
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At 53 I don't really see any diff between cycling at 30 and 53. Maybe in 27 years I'll buy a book titled Cycling Past 80.

Sorry, I don't have any real comments on the book. I just wanted to make a statement.
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Greywolf,

I've read the book and agree with you. It has alot of info, but is very dry.
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Originally Posted by greywolf
I recently bought & read the book "Cycling past 50" by Joe Friel , would did you think of it ?
I rarely go over 50, generally my top speeds are about 35 - 40 mph.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
I rarely go over 50, generally my top speeds are about 35 - 40 mph.
That is just too good.
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I read it and I really didn't find anything in particular that applied to the 50+ rider other than recovery times might be longer. Overall the book said the same thing as most other books on cycling and cycling fitness.
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Originally Posted by cchandler
That is just too good.
My day is made. SOMEONE finally got one of my jokes. A rare event, most folks take me seriously.
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Originally Posted by greywolf
I recently bought & read the book "Cycling past 50" by Joe Friel , would did you think of it ?
I found it full of good usefull info. but a bit dry! Too many charts, graphs & tables for me ! I tend to associate graphs & that with technical books ! but definatly a usefull book.

Too many charts, graphs & tables? Why do people feel the need to over analize things? Cycling past 50? Yes, I do. I'm 60. Just go out and ride!
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Old 10-29-04, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by greywolf
I recently bought & read the book "Cycling past 50" by Joe Friel...
I bought the book in 2001. I not a chart and graph person either so kinda skimmed the stuff with the graphs and charts but thought the book was great as a whole.
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Old 10-29-04, 08:23 PM
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I am not familiar with the book. What were the author's primary theses?
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Old 11-03-04, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by John E
I am not familiar with the book. What were the author's primary theses?
I'm not quite sure John,I'de have to annalize all those bloody graphs & charts
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Originally Posted by ctyler
Too many charts, graphs & tables? Why do people feel the need to over analize things? Cycling past 50? Yes, I do. I'm 60. Just go out and ride!
amen brother (or sister)
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I'm past 50 and I am reading Friel's "The Cyclist's Training Bible". He has a short section about the older cyclist racing. He sites the Aging Myth where almost all studies about aging compare cross sections of the population at different ages and draw the erroneous conclusion that older people have much less athletic ability.

The reason that most older people have less capacity is that they have lost it through in activity. He says "the few longitudinal studies that have been done show that when the intensity of training is maintained, aerobic capacity and other selected measures of fitness decline as little as 2 percent per decade."

Keep it up fellow oldies!
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Old 11-18-04, 06:05 PM
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There's a lot to be said for just getting on the bike and riding away. I've been cycling for 35 years, since I was 24 (with about a 10-year break as a runner). When I decided to get back on the bike in my late 40s, I got a couple of books about exercising in your later years, and about a third of the way through, I just said "The hell with it" and went for a ride. Until the last couple of years (I'll be 60 in January) I was faster than I'd been in my early 30s, and I can still ride farther than I used to in those days (that's mainly technique and patience, though...). I imagine the graphs and charts and numbers would be useful if I wanted to train for the Senior Olympics or something, but I pretty much just like to ride enough to keep my weight down.
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[QUOTE=pjuarez]I read it and I really didn't find anything in particular that applied to the 50+ rider other than recovery times might be longer. QUOTE]


ya, I noticed my recovery times getting longer too. My wife appreciates the extra breather
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How many of you ride with your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend ? My husband told me he is really glad I will ride with him (actually he rides with me) because the guys in his club tell him that most of the spouses aren't even interested in riding. Do you guys go at your spouses speed and forget about "racing" for the moment?
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Old 11-18-04, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
I rarely go over 50, generally my top speeds are about 35 - 40 mph.
That's still pretty darn good!
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Old 11-18-04, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by suntreader
That's still pretty darn good!
That was supposed to have been a joke!

But it was accurate. I generally stay under 40 mph on downhills. I get passed by guys going 50-60 mph and get in their way. I have no desire to hit some gravel at 60 mph on a bike!
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
That was supposed to have been a joke!
So was my remark. Sorry it didn't work.
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Originally Posted by suntreader
So was my remark. Sorry it didn't work.
Okay!
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Pretty good book I kind of keep it around as a reference book now.
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Originally Posted by Litespeed
How many of you ride with your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend ? My husband told me he is really glad I will ride with him (actually he rides with me) because the guys in his club tell him that most of the spouses aren't even interested in riding. Do you guys go at your spouses speed and forget about "racing" for the moment?
My spouse beats me up the hills, then I pass her on the downhills; works for me. If we are just out for a ride or on a longer ride, then we are probably cruising at about the same speed. This is our first "season" (she's a triathlete and got me back into biking), but it has worked out quite well so far.

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I am probably not the best example of how to pedal past 50. I didn't read about it, or ask questions, I just did it. And I know, I could probably use some official advice on how to do it better now than I have been. But reading up and listening to "experts" just seems like it would take away from the fun factor. And if it isn't fun, I will stop. I don't care that cycling may lengthen and enhance my life after 50. I ride for fun. All the benny's I may get from it are but icing on the cake. I pedal for my mental health, the physical part just seems to tag along naturally.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
I rarely go over 50, generally my top speeds are about 35 - 40 mph.
This is kinda like a joke but only larger. I normally say smaller but since I do not know you and don't want to appear rude. This really was a great post!!
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Originally Posted by cchandler
At 53 I don't really see any diff between cycling at 30 and 53. Maybe in 27 years I'll buy a book titled Cycling Past 80.

Sorry, I don't have any real comments on the book. I just wanted to make a statement.
Buy it? Write it !
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