Focused Workout Programs for Endurance and Performance Cyclists
By Coach John Hughes
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Do you want to be a better cyclist? Do you want to do longer and/or harder rides? Are you looking for appropriate training programs for riders in their 60s and beyond, rather than riders in their 20s or 30s?
Cycling Past 60, Part 2: For Recreation builds on the foundation of information for 60+ riders in Cycling Past 60, Part 1: For Health and uses the concept of “Athletic Maturity” to design more rigorous programs for more athletically mature riders. Part 2 builds on Part 1 and assumes that you have read it and taken the test to determine your Athletic Maturity.
If you are relatively mature as a cyclist and scored 15 points or more on the Athletic Maturity test in Part 1, then you are ready for the programs in this eArticle. If you scored fewer than 15 points, then start with the appropriate training program in Cycling Past 60, Part 1: For Health and build your overall fitness until you can score at least 15 points.
As we age and our motivation changes from competitiveness when we were younger, we tend to become two somewhat different types of riders:
Endurance cyclists. Endurance riders love cycling so much that they ride more than health and fitness riders during the week, and their long rides range from two or three hours to a century or 200K. Endurance riders are less concerned about speed than having lots of fun on the bike.
Mr. Hughes hits a home run with his new articles: Cycling Past 60 and Spring Training. Both are spot on, sensible, and leave room for flexibility. His clear conversational tone makes both easy, understandable reads. Helpful hints are well-mingled with his step-by-step approach. The best two purchases I’ve made from RoadBikeRider. A big thumbs up. — Art Vincent
Performance cyclists. Unlike endurance cyclists, these riders want to improve their performance and do faster and/or harder rides. They want to know what to do to improve, to keep up with (and drop) other riders, even some club mates who are younger! They are typical performance riders.
This 23-page eArticle includes the six different health maintenance objectives for different components of your physiology, eight basic (and four advanced) training principles, types of rides, cross-training and recovery tips.
It includes six different structured workout programs, three each for Endurance and Performance cyclists, based on levels of athletic maturity.
Do you want to live a longer, healthier life and have more fun riding? Cycling Past 60, Part 1: For Health lays the foundation of how to exercise for a longer, healthier life.
Both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Cycling Past 60 series are available together in a cost-saving bundle.
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