If you were me?
Just about to hit 52 and not getting any faster in races. In cross I’m finishing late third or early three quarters of the way down the field.
I have better days when luck is on my side, but I can’t find the extra 10/20 seconds per lap to move up a notch.
I train quite hard, but after three seasons of trying to improve I end up in the same old place.
Is it likely to be simply down to my age now?
I can’t really afford more time to improve, weekend club rides and structured turbo interval sessions are all I can manage. Over the summer I can fit in more road sessions.
So do we just reach a plateau at some point? I’m not total rubbish. I was 16th overall in the leagues vets, but dropped to 23rd after missing consecutive races due to illness, and I came 19th overall in the LVRC/vets national championships last year.
I shall do my best this year, but it is hard work and mildy disapointing.Posted 6 years agoDezBSubscriber
When I moved into Vets (MTB) I noticed how much faster the over 40s were than the masters – I started coming bottom 10 instead of mid-pack. So I switched to Open category, which was a little better. Then I realised I was no longer enjoying racing, so I quit! Riding for fun, is much more, er, fun 🙂Posted 6 years agobeckykirk43Member
If you’re racing to actually race rather than just have fun, then maybe you need to rethink your training?
Look at areas where you are weak, and target your training to focus on those points and hopefully you should see improvement.
That said, yes, everyone will plateau somewhere, some people just won’t be as fast as others, no matter how hard they train! (although I imagine most people lose interest or don’t train effectively enough to ever reach that plateau!)Posted 6 years agoepicycloSubscriber
oldgit – Member
….I train quite hard, but after three seasons of trying to improve I end up in the same old place.
Is it likely to be simply down to my age now?…
Yup. Each year from now on, you have to work hard to be slightly crappier than you were last year.
And when you hit 60, you’ll look back in amazement at how strong you were at 52.
The answer, enjoy each year as it comes.
signedPosted 6 years ago
an even older git.pistonbrokeMember
Looks as though I am you, I’ve just turned 52 and am reviewing what I want from biking. I have always favoured longer endurance events like Trailquest, sportives etc and this seems to suit my ability to dig in and keep going. Maybe you should try a few events where other skills than brute force can improve your results. TQ with map reading, course selection and experience are definite plusses and could be an option. I’ve been riding a few CX races this year, mainly to go with my wife who really enjoys them, they are really too intese for me and I’m just getting going as the bell goes. I suppose anything that gets you out and exercising is better than 95% of the population but it is nice to have a competitive edge for some.Posted 6 years agofasthaggisMember
I guess you have to ask yourself why you race?
It’s this ^
At your (and my)time of life it’s all about age related victory if you are doing competition anyway.
So there will be less in your cat.
If racing other oldies is not good enough for you and you are not enjoying it ,then why bother.
No point kidding yourself that you are going to give the youngsters a hard time ( apart from the ones that aren’t trying).
I am doing no comp next year ,cause I have got to the point where I can’t be bothered doing the volume of training to get to a level where I can finish in a decent position.
Hundreds of miles just to give some other oldies a run for their money ,no thanks.
Do it for the fun.
Do it because you want to.
🙂Posted 6 years agoJaseMember
I begining to think the Vets cat is tougher than the senior.
At Thetford last week, had I not punctured I worked out I’d have finished in the top half of the seniors. That exact same time in the vets would have put me last!!!!!
Thinking about it, each year there will be some people just turned 40 moving up to your cat so I’m not surprised you’re finding it tougher each year.Posted 6 years agowalleaterMember
I can’t help but think of the immortal Mick Ives. When I used to race (late 80’s / early 90’s) he’d win every Vet race but be absolutely **** shi’ite on a bike. Any descent with more than a 3% incline and he’d get off and walk. His supreme fitness just carried him through. So maybe take a skills course? Probably the easiest way to gain time unless you are Steve Peat.Posted 6 years ago
Mick still races, I often come up against him. My skills are pretty good, it’s where I make up places.
Next year I’ll have a bike that fits. I’m on a 52 and was recently measured up as a 55/56. I checked my older race bikes from the days of made to measure only and that’s what I was riding. It’ll be nice if that makes a difference. S M and L simply isn’t for everyone.Posted 6 years agoemanuelMember
oldgit,get friel’s book,quite a bit of advice on masters racing as well.
the cyclist’s training bible.joe friel.velopress.
you need to get out 3x a week,to improve your condition.Posted 6 years ago
and don’t eat parmesan cheese.eat plenty of raisins.over 50 that is.
and some mavic reflexes with dugasts.
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