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Old 12-19-13, 04:05 PM
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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.

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Old 12-19-13, 04:12 PM
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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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Old 12-19-13, 04:25 PM
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This is proof that Sticky threads have the opposite of their intended function.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...I-Asked-For-It!
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Old 12-19-13, 04:43 PM
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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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Old 12-19-13, 04:54 PM
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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.
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Old 12-19-13, 05:27 PM
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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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Old 12-19-13, 05:47 PM
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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.
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Old 12-19-13, 06:01 PM
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Not invisible to me. I read and post there all the time.
For those you don't have a clue .....
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...I-Asked-For-It!
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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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Old 12-19-13, 06:38 PM
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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.

So far, so good.
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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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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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So change it to 60+ and it doesn't overlap. Fits me as well.
??
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Old 12-27-13, 06:04 AM
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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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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.
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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.
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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 ..



restaurants and Microbreweries , there are.. "its a Nice Drinking town with a Fishing Problem"

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Thanks for the tips.
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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!
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+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.
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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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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!

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+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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