Training and the older athlete.

After an eleven year break from cycling I returned at the tender age of 40….. something! Was my body the same?? Errr no and the more I trained,the differences became more evident. This is not to say that as we age we can’t achieve out personal best, I have no doubt we can but personally I to have to train differently. I have found it harder to loose weight, recovery seems to take longer and I have lost both power and speed. In a bid to strive towards my personal best I have picked the brains of successful older cyclists as well as trawling the net for information. I regret not doing some of this research at the very beginning of ‘Phelan goes cycling,part 2’. I particularly like this article by Joe Friel, renowned sport scientist, and hope it may be of use to all you older ‘wannabe cyclists’ out there. What have you got to loose? Nothing but an awful lot to gain! Give it a go. It may just work for you!

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