By Coach Fred Matheny How do you increase the amount of power you have available, especially as you age? Of course, training is the key to increasing power. Many dedicated cyclists use power meters to accurately record their wattage output during interval training. Then they use sophisticated software to help them analyze the results and plan subsequent workouts. … [Read more...] about Why Weight Training Is Vital for Aging Cyclists
Cycling Past 60
Question: Because of my work schedule, I have ridden sporadically for the last 20 years, logging about 1,500 miles annually and doing one or two centuries just for fun. Last winter I took early retirement and decided to devote full time to cycling. I rode 5,000 miles in 8 months and improved fast. But now I’m tired and can’t stand the thought of hammering with the young … [Read more...] about Is Retirement Dangerous to My Cycling?
QUESTION: I'm 70 and take a spinning class two days a week and train on the road two other days. Then I ride with a group of 40-somethings on Sundays. On climbs, I can stay with the group nearly to the top before I reach my max heart rate and have to back off. I've tried slowing my cadence and standing as well as increasing cadence and sitting, but I reach my max at about … [Read more...] about How Can I Maintain My Speed Up Hills?
Today's Quick Tip comes to us from octogenarian Hildegarde Bender, whose QT arrived under the Subject line: Biking Into Your 80s. Here's what she wrote: I have biked ever since I was a child, but in my 50th year did my first long-distance cycling. At the time, I rode a 10-speed, but then was introduced to a “granny gear” so that winter I rebuilt my 10- speed, adding … [Read more...] about Change Your Equipment As You Age to Keep Cycling
Question: I am training for a ride at high elevation in August, with 4,500 feet of climbing over 50 miles. I'm 77. Is my age a factor in doing something like this? I have always cycled but lately have not been at my best. – Joe C. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Joe, that sounds like a great ride. I hope you enjoy it! Your performance at altitude will depend on several … [Read more...] about Is Age a Factor in a High-Altitude Event?