Act your age: Adapting your training as you get older

Michael Donlevy 9 Mar 2018 As your riding career progresses, your training should adapt too. But getting older doesn’t have to mean getting weaker Age is just a number. Unfortunately, unless you have managed to devise a time machine, that number is always creeping upwards. But does that mean you should change the way you train to stay in shape as you get older? And if so, to what degree? Let’s establish that you are a high-mileage cyclist who is already super-fit by normal standards. Whatever your age, you should have nothing to worry about. ‘If someone asks me how to adjust their training as they get older I have a one-word answer: don’t,’ says ABBC senior coach Ian Goodhew. ‘Cyclists who have stayed fit through the decades and who have never been seriously ill or had a bad injury can be fitter in their fifties than non-cyclists are in ...

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