My other sport is golf. One of the most impressive achievements any golfer can aspire to is “shoot their age”, which means completing 18 holes with a score equal or less than their age. So, in theory, it should become easier with each birthday.
I’m 61 so won’t be doing that any time soon. perhaps if I live to see a cake with 3 figures I might…
But I’m a much better cyclist than I am a golfer and yesterday I did a VO2max test and set a new PB of 67.
Which got me thinking that there is a slightly different challenge for cyclists, but one that gets harder as you get older unlike its golf equivalent.
What’s oldest age at which anyone has had a VO2max result greater than or equal to their age? From some of the riders in Zpower I would guess it’s in the 70s but if anyone has hard facts it would be fun to know.
Quite apart from fun it would also be an optimistic message. My result yesterday was a lifetime best, up 4 on my last test 7 years ago. So contrary to received wisdom my VO2Max has improved rather than declined with time. If I can do it I’m sure others can too so perhaps the sample on which the wisdom is based is wrong.