Recommendations for senior cyclists …

Before completing a training plan, I reviewed recommendations made by Joe Friel for senior cyclists.

  • Strength train year round
  • Train 8-10+ hours a week all year
  • Allow for more recovery time
  • Adopt a periodized training plan – base, build, and peak periods – and write it down
  • Stretch every day
  • Continue weekly HIIT workouts
  • Test for aerobic capacity and lactate threshold every 4-6 weeks
  • Identify performance limiters – decreasing aerobic capacity, increasing weight, decreasing strength – and focus efforts on them
  • Eat more protein
  • Focus on time spent training rather than mileage
  • Keep a training diary

This list is not comprehensive, or in any particular order. Refer to Faster After 50 for more detail. I have italicized suggestions I need to do better at.

With these suggestions in mind, I’m ready to prepare an annual cycling plan.

2 thoughts on “Recommendations for senior cyclists …

    • Regardless, keep doing it. Joe Friel’s argument is as we age we don’t work hard enough. If we did, we can slow, even reverse the ageing process, and enjoy life better, and longer 😂

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