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03-22-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 973
Posted By fastcarbon

I didn't know about the McKenzie stretches and...

I didn't know about the McKenzie stretches and will try them. I had a multi level lumbar fusion in 2012 due to bad sciatica. Currently I am in physical therapy for mild sciatica; they are...
03-22-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 880
Posted By fastcarbon

First Group Ride

The key to survival on group rides is to always protect your front wheel; and watch out for young guys who cut across in front of you ; they have not had a serious crash yet and ride with "no fear"....
03-22-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,425
Posted By fastcarbon

Exercised - induced Pulmonary Edema

I have ridden pretty consistently for 40 years and get exercised induced asthma when it is cold and dry or after a hard time trial; my lungs gurgle for at least a few hours which I guess is edema. I...
03-22-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,986
Posted By fastcarbon

The Fight is On

I am suffering through another So Cal winter but grit my teeth and persevere on those 40 degree days.
03-22-22, 08:27 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,058
Posted By fastcarbon

How to know when to Stop

My plan is to convert to an e bike when I reach 100+; I will stop
when they pull my road bike from my cold dead hands.
03-22-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,707
Posted By fastcarbon

How do you use Zwift?

I use it for structured training, especially intervals. I use it with a smart trainer 3 days a week unless the weather keeps me inside; then I do an endurance workout.
03-22-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 12,049
Posted By fastcarbon

Back on he bike after prostate biopsy

I haven't had one for a few years but when I did I just stayed off the bike for 24 hours. If it hurt to ride I would not have done it.
03-22-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,336
Posted By fastcarbon

Experiences with A Fib

I developed A Fib as a result of time trialing around max heart rate. All at once my HR would jump to 220 bpm and stay until I backed off; I found a great Electrophysiologist with lots of talent and...
02-22-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,260
Posted By fastcarbon

Heart Rate Zone based Training

Before Power Meters became commonplace I did train by HR, But I TT'd by HR and ended up with A Fib that developed near max HR. After a couple cardiac ablations A Fib was mainly eliminated. I...
02-22-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,600
Posted By fastcarbon

Come to the Dark Side

At 80+ I still refuse to ride an e bike as I know I would like it; I seriously doubt I could maintain my level of fitness if I received help from an e motor. My current plan is to try one when I...
02-22-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,860
Posted By fastcarbon

starting over a 83

Although I have many (some would describe as major) medical issues, I am in the 40 year range of competitive road cycling. After major crashes with injuries I always make myself get back on the bike....
01-19-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,500
Posted By fastcarbon


At 79 and doing pretty continuous hard training I am looking for anything to aid my recovery and perhaps make my girlfriend happier. I will definitely try HMB although I will have to talk to my...
01-19-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,487
Posted By fastcarbon

Mileage and Sweet Spot

My sweet spot revolved around 150 - 200 miles per week for almost 40 years; at 79 and retired my training has become more serious and I have a coach and do intervals 3 days a week, usually for 1hr...
12-29-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,429
Posted By fastcarbon

I still stand on sprinters' hills or risk getting...

I still stand on sprinters' hills or risk getting kicked off the back on group rides; about the only other time is on long climbs of over a few miles to try to give my quads a break or a few minutes....
11-08-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By fastcarbon

Anyone Coming Back from Covid Pneumonia

I traveled from Masters Nationals in Albuquerque to Texas to visit my grandchildren; I ended up with a mild Covid ( I had the two Moderna shots in Jan. and Feb.) but ended up with Covid Pneumonia...
11-08-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 690
Views: 65,120
Posted By fastcarbon

Buying expensive bikes and parts

I have always purchased the best bike I could afford (for 40 years). I currently at 79 ride with riders in their 50's and early 60's who will try to hammer you to death. I have a coach and do lots of...
01-12-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,185
Posted By fastcarbon

Yes but isn't it great for the ego?

Yes but isn't it great for the ego?
01-11-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 26,189
Posted By fastcarbon

How fast do you ride?

I did things like you did: raced high performance sports cars, motorcycles, snow skis, ,ice speed skating, running, MTB and road bikes. My fastest was 62 mph on the Markleville Death ride on Monitor...
01-11-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,037
Posted By fastcarbon

Birthday Ride/Ride Your Age

I am 78 and don't worry about birthday ride distances; I do a 103 mi ride with 7,000 feet of climbing mostly above 7000 feet every year; I shoot for mid pack finishes and have been the oldest rider...
01-11-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,578
Posted By fastcarbon

How many days a week do you ride?

I'm 78 and ride 6 days a week and run one day; I have a road cycling coach and train inside on a smart trainer/Training Peaks/Zwift for 4 days and do group rides on weekends.
01-11-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,091
Posted By fastcarbon

What Garmin to get?

I use a Garmin Edge 1030 on my road bike because it is very readable and can have 8 different readings per screen. At 78 I need that; for running I use a Garmin Fenix 5x with a Stryd power meter on...
01-11-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,185
Posted By fastcarbon

At my age I need a 14 lb. bike an LS6 S Works...

At my age I need a 14 lb. bike an LS6 S Works Tarmac. It doesn't hurt to have a light bike when you are hammering with 50 year olds.
01-11-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,480
Posted By fastcarbon

High Blood Pressure meds and Bike Riding

I have taken an ARB for years and add a Calcium Channel Blocker if my systolic is above 130. Neither has affected my cycling; but I used to take a diuretic which worked pretty well except when I did...
01-11-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,185
Posted By fastcarbon

Do you really feel younger as a result of cycling

I am 78 and have ridden seriously for 40 years. I have a coach and train 6 days a week and do an 8 mile trail run with 600 feet of climbing on the 7th day. Garmin says my fitness is age 20 and my...
08-21-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 38,672
Posted By fastcarbon

Over 50 with modern road bikes?

Every time I get a new road bike I marvel at how much better than the last bike it is. I started with a PX10-E and moved up to Ciocc, Eddie Merckx, DeRosa and then Trek carbon; each bike was better...
08-21-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,909
Posted By fastcarbon

Overindulgence in biking is wearing me out

Resting pulse measured when you first wake up is useful to see if you are pushing it too much. I use WK05 software and follow my Training Stress Balance to see if I am overtraining; this allows me to...
07-31-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,309
Posted By fastcarbon

My Grandsonís New Bike

At 15 it was time to get him seriously interested in road biking. I found a Venge frame on e-Bay and built it with previously crashed bike components. He now rides with my son and me on group rides....
07-31-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 13,549
Posted By fastcarbon

Brakes - where do you stand?

I always favored rim brakes;my S works Tarmac came with the direct contact rim brakes which I found to be almost as good as discs even on wet carbon rims; but unfortunately a truck wiped that bike...
07-31-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By fastcarbon

Proximal hamstring pain?

I had a tear back in January while running up a 18% trail; I thought after giving up on running for awhile I would just keep riding the bike; fast group rides with lots of climbing aggravate it so I...
07-25-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 13,155
Posted By fastcarbon

100+ temperatures

So Cal is usually dry even if at 100 so more liquid is all I need; however my son just moved back to Texas (3rd time-he is a Texan) so I will start spending 6 -8 week periods there; he tells me it...
07-25-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,090
Posted By fastcarbon

Anyone still ride with a parent?

I ride with my 45 year old son and my 15 year old grandson; I'm trying to get my grandson addicted as I am but it will take time. My son wasn't that interested until he was on a college racing team...
07-25-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,193
Posted By fastcarbon

Post ride Fatigue

At 78 I train 6 days a week with intervals on a smart trainer for 4 days and hammer sessions of 60 and 31 mi. Sat. and Sunday with a bunch of 50 year olds. I take a nap every day I ride from 20 min...
07-20-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,246
Posted By fastcarbon

Best anti-friction creams for synthetic chamois?

About two years ago I started having chaffing problems (78 now). I tried about 5 different creams and found Chamoix Buttr worked the best. At the same time I tried a bike fitting which was already...
07-20-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By fastcarbon

PSA test, cycling.

I just had a PSA at 4.3; I had a discussion with a Urologist this AM and was told once you are 70 they usually no longer do the test. I am 78 but they will do another in 6 mo. as mine was 2.0 two...
07-02-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 911
Posted By fastcarbon

Recovering from pacemakerinsertion?

I had an ICD placed to prevent arrhythmias; I was off 3 weeks.
07-02-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,681
Posted By fastcarbon

Feeling 40-45 years younger on my new bike.

That is exactly why I will neither ride nor buy an e bike. I won't work as hard.
07-02-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,305
Posted By fastcarbon

Say it ain't so, please!

After age 70 it is no longer "cheating" but "trickery" fair and square!
06-28-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,658
Posted By fastcarbon

Living with A-Fib

I had A Fib for several years. Mine was a little more rare type. It would happen when I was riding close to my max heart rate of 162 bpm. My heart rate would jump to 220 bpm and would stay there...
06-27-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 23,962
Posted By fastcarbon

Porsche or Bicycle?

I had to make a choice. I used to race Corvettes at Laguna Seca and the old Riverside International Raceway and get consumed by high performance cars. I get a Corvette and start spending my whole...
06-21-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,458
Posted By fastcarbon

Riding Changes, Aging, and Days Off

At 78 I take one day off in a week. I have brought down my mileage and time but do a recovery ride, an endurance level ride and two interval sessions a week on Zwift. Weekends remain my group...
06-21-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,864
Posted By fastcarbon

Do you ride when you don't feel like it?

Unless I am sick I ride. If I don't during the week I get a call from the coach. If I don't show for a weekend ride my buddies start ragging on me.
06-21-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,328
Posted By fastcarbon

Which bibs for longer rides?

At 76 I started having chaffing problems, not saddle sores but raw areas I guess due to thinning skin as we age. I was using Castelli bibs which were always great but not anymore. I bought Assos...
06-21-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,088
Posted By fastcarbon

N+1 but do you have a favorite?

I now have 10 "last bikes". Each new bike is my favorite. My current favorite is a Trek 7 series Madone with Zipp 404's due to the fact my S Works Tarmac was destroyed a couple weeks ago by a truck...
06-21-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,183
Posted By fastcarbon

Losartan and Riding

I have taken a different ARB for years with no side effects unless I take too much. Do you take your BP every day? You can get good BP measuring devices on amazon cheap. Your lightheadedness is what...
06-21-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,138
Posted By fastcarbon

Downside to physical Healthy Aging

At 78 I take about 12 pills per day for various medical conditions. I find riding hard on group rides where most riders are 20 years younger covers up all those conditions from which some doctors...
06-07-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,432
Posted By fastcarbon

Strava Crushed My soul

I use Strava and am in the 75+ group; there are several Strava sections I try to be KOM on. There are about 40 of us in Orange county so things can get very competitive. My latest soul crushing...
06-07-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,484
Posted By fastcarbon

I generally only get out of the saddle on...

I generally only get out of the saddle on sprinters hills but do it to rest a little (change muscle groups) on long climbs e.g.5 -20 miles. Also, to get up to speed after a stop so I don't get...
06-07-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,458
Posted By fastcarbon

Riding Changes,Aging and Days Off

AT 77 (one week from 78) I recently changed my training from 13 hours a week to around 10. I do ride 6 days a week with Mondays off the bike. Rather than ride up to 200 mi weeks I am now around 130...
06-07-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,375
Posted By fastcarbon

A-Fib and HR monitors

I had A-Fib from about 12 years ago. It started when I passed out twice on the bike when running close to max heart rate. Both times I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and the ER Docs didn't...
05-14-20, 05:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,179
Posted By fastcarbon

Doctor's Advice on Training and Getting Old

I am fortunate to have several doctors (I have many potential life threatening conditions) who all either support or do not object to high level cycling and running; I am aware that I can no longer...
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