Question: I’m an avid 47-year-old cyclist who rides 90-120 miles per week and wants to improve. My performance has stagnated. My legs ache and feel weak. Is this just age, or is it overtraining or poor nutrition? — Craig K.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: It sounds like you’ve overdone your training, Craig, either in terms of intensity or insufficient time for recovery.
Another factor might be that you’re not eating enough carbohydrate to replenish glycogen (muscle fuel) between rides. Any of these factors can make your legs beg for life support.
To snap back, try an easy week. Cut your mileage and intensity by about a third. In addition, eat more carbohydrate and total calories.
A post-ride recovery drink such as Endurox might help, too. Your legs should feel better and your motivation should return as the rest week goes along.
If not, try a second easy week. If that doesn’t do it, you might want to consider a medical checkup to rule out anything else that could be causing your problems.