Why does one's FTP go down as we get older?

For sure. Heart is one of the most important organ.

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Iā€™m only 46, so not over the hill yet. My FTP has went down but my weight loss after getting a tumour cut out has offset it to a large degree and over a longer distance Iā€™m riding faster. I have probably started to lose that short term power and have less matches to burn. Knowing a few TTers older than me I think the stronger longer but weaker shorter trend will continue for a wee bit longer, perhaps into my 70s. Besides when everything does start to go (speed wise) I hope I can be like the TTers like Peter Horsnall and still enjoying things at 92.

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You are not a benchmark. You are an outlier. Congratulations!

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^^^ right?

Guess that is now my 6 year stretch goal! Just need to find another 40W and maybe its possible with a training age of 6.

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A 67 year old former Olympian shows up to my regular group ride to torture us. Last time he was on the front and took a pull, I was doing 300 watts just to hold his damn wheel!

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