I particularly would like to hear from the 45+ year old club that have success starting cycling later in life.
I’m sorry to hop right in to talk about me, but I have a question and need to start with some background and need your advice…
Sorry this is going to be a bit of a book…
- I am turning 50 this year.
- I’ve trained my early life as a fairly successful martial arts instructor with 10+ years experience. Most of my life has been fast twitch, explosive muscle type training. Kung fu, Judo, boxing.
- I am not really much into martial arts anymore. I had kids and my interested have changed. I got into endurance cycling and I love it! Fun to do and I can involve the kids in a fun activity.
- There are few “opportunities” for improvement…
- I am overweight
- I can’t just go into hard machine training anymore due to pain issues. I’ve got to take it a bit slower than I used to. Doctors got me taking 2 naproxen x a day for inflammation.
- I’ve been injury prone (hernia) and now a ton of ligament issues that the doctors have reviewed and called “wear and tear” (perhaps from the martial art days).
- My doctors advise strangely was there is nothing obviously structurally/mechanical wrong and she wants me to try to workout through the pain. I guess exercise is much better than sitting on my ass (which is good news cause I like it).
- As much as I love cycling, I kind of suck at (typically in the bottom 5% of cyclists)
- I struggle with depression sometimes
- My nutrition is poor
- In short I am a “pretty beat up war horse” that’s been punched and kicked a lot (punch and kicked more that I got though ;~)
- On the positive notes, I do have the discipline of martial arts around structured training. I’ve trained up to several hundred 100k rides/races per year (I couldn’t have imaged doing 5+ century rides a few years ago).
- I range from 3 to 10 hrs/week training depending of the season. Typically for longer endurance events like the Whistler Gran Fondo. 75 miles up mountain hard riding stuff.
I want to be “better” in many ways.
- I want to be slimmer (currently 230 lbs (31%) fat)ouch…embarrassing but true)
I know diet and exercise (there is the mental side of depression and dietary discipline (dieting sucks compared to ice cream))
- I want less inflammation cause my body fucking hurts big time!
- I definitely want to perform better in competitions (I want to be both explosive and fit endurance wise)
I’ve had some success in the past few years, its not all bad. I’ve greatly increased the distances I can go. Just not really the performance…
I am sort of stuck in a bit of a slippery slope of aging but I do see guys much older than me way out performing in cycling and say I can’t really use that as an excuse. I tend to train as hard as them I think, but I am way underperforming.
So my strange question is aside from the obvious diet and consistent exercise which I generally understand by 49 years of age, what other general tips might you have for an “old war horse” to turn my direction around perform? What tips surprises/worked for you?