- 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.
Just to give you some perspective. Some of us envy you being talented enough to still be able to achieve a performance like that- at 30 never mind 52. You can’t turn a donkey into a thoroughbred and no matter how hard I trained I’d never be able to get near your performance.
Having said that maybe you need to train smarter not harder and also target fewer races. Get some coaching advice and structure your training round fewer races.Posted 6 years agofasthaggisMember
I remember you posted up a ‘Who’s racing’ thread,where you said you had been thinking of packing it in this year. When I read it, I had been thinking the same thing ,but already having sent off entries for 3 events 🙄 , I decided to just get on with it for another year.
Thing is ,it made me think back to when I first started racing and the reasons behind it.
A big part of the racing or doing events for me ,was that I liked having an event to train towards and there was always another target within the event.
Without that I always found it hard to motivate myself and I was never a ‘just take part’kinda person.
Trouble is ,the training miles and effort needed for a decent (my idea of decent) finish was high.
Lately ,I don’t feel the need for any of that,
I just want to spend the time doing other stuff now.
Funny thing is I will be riding my bikes a lot next year,it just won’t be racing. It will be fun though 🙂Posted 6 years agohammeriteMember
OG – the course for Sunday should be good. I’ve not been up there for a few weeks though. If I can compare the course to anything I’d say it’s like the Hillingdon infield. Dunno if you’ve been to Box End before, but it’s a water skiing/wakeboarding lake, surrounded by lots of grass. Before it was grass it’s where they dumped the mud that they dug out for the lakes, so there are plenty of lumps and bumps – nothing steep though. We wanted to run the course so that it took a quick dip into the lake, but water hazards aren’t allowed 😥Posted 6 years agobellerophonMember
I don’t know the age limits for your category, is it vets you’re in that start at age 40?
Are there people older than you finishing ahead of you? I know I’d be happy with being the first 52 year old, and if there’s younger people behind you, keep doing it!!
Reminds me of when I ran (at lunchtime) with some guys from work, one of whom beat me in the last 50m sprint (was only a 4 mile run) and seemed chuffed to bits, until I reminded him he was 14 year’s youngerPosted 6 years agoplop_pantsMember
I turned 52 yesterday. Only a few years ago I would be unhappy if I finished outside the top 12 or so in the London league. Now I struggle to get in the top 20 to 30. As races regularly get 100 plus rider I can’t be too dissapointed really. (185 at Hillingdon recently!) I still train as hard but I have accepted this is my fate. I now just look at each race as a chance to beat anyone I haven’t before. I don’t tend to look at beating other v50s as, well, there aren’t that many, probably because it is such a hard discipline it frightens off most of them into the LVRCs where they can hide. 😆Posted 6 years ago
Be happy that you are still in there doing proper racing, more of a race of truth than road racing imho.
Not looking good I’ve gone backwards since the start of my cross season with an almost last place this weekend, and my contempories almost thirty places ahead?
Where did I go wrong?
Not racing at all through the year, just training?
Not shedding weight, stone plus overweight all on my stomach as I have the skinniest limbs you’ll ever see.?
Getting hit by a car in August probably didn’t help.
So for 2012.
Race all year?
Invest in a ‘proper’ race bike and not a budget brand?
Loose the weight?
Somethings is still wrong. Like my mate said, I’m commited. I race and those months following the Carmichael plan on the turbos weren’t for fun.Posted 6 years ago
He reckons I need proper help.?
I do Jase, but most of my results are postion based.
2009 was a good year, but I raced road, xc and cx that year.
Both 2010 and 2011 have been marred by accidents i.e getting hit by a car in August 2011. And being crushed by a 600kg load September 2010
For 2012 I have a 9 to 5 for the first time in twelve years. So I might go back to my old ways of racing every week with endurance training in between?Posted 6 years ago
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