So, mate A is 48 & has been riding for...well, ever really, but only does a decent ride about once a week, sometimes less. He's built like a racing snake though & can climb like a mountain goat. He has what I'd say, a decent amount of inherant fitness. However he's also very competitive (but doesn't enter any comps) & is narked that he can't keep up with mate B, who is 28 & trains a lot, he does a 23 mile commute on a road bike about 3 times a week, runs 5 miles on a lunchtime & goes to the gym most nights after work (by bike). He's also into all this healthy eating stuff. Mate A has never even seen a gym but eats fairly healthily.
Question is, do you think mate A can be as 'fit' as mate B without doing more training than mate B?
After watching the two of them the other day I reckon mate A isn't that far behind mate B anyway.
I'm not even in the equation BTW.