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Maybe I really am crazy...(6 posts)

Maybe I really am crazy...Spinchick
Aug 17, 2001 2:34 PM
but I'd be happy with some feedback. Am I too old to start road racing at the age of 36? I have been pretty athletic and in fairly good shape all my life. I rode quite a bit in college and after but took a 5 year hiatus (ya know - marriage, pregnancy, newborn infant and all that). I am SO back in the saddle now after spending last year spinning my ass off in a gym. So, I've been averaging about 110 to 140 miles per week depending on weather and other annoying obligations. I'm usually a bit sluggish in the first third of the ride but am able to pick up and hold a steady pace (17 - 19mph) for the last 2/3. I tend to crave breakaways about every 5 or so miles at that pace. Watcha think guys? I am especially interested in hearing from Kristin and Lonefrontranger.
re: I'm not Kristin but I play her on TVAkirasho
Aug 17, 2001 2:44 PM
... get ta training... the beauty of cycling is that it's a strenuous physical sports endeavour that can be done competitively much later in life than virtually anything else you've done! You'll need to develope some type of training program depending on the type of racing (I do Time Trials) and time you can allot for such... but just participating is great! I returned to cycling at age 37 and have been having a blast for the last 8 years!

You're not Crazy, you're one of us!

Be the bike.
shoot for next springDog
Aug 17, 2001 3:01 PM
Shoot for next spring.

Start now on longer base mileage. Do some centuries.

In January, work on intensity. The biggest difference between strong recreational fit riders and racers is the extreme intensity up hills and on breaks. So, work on your base now so that you'll have the ability to get in some intense workouts Next January.

Do a lot of hills, even during your base phase.

Find some racers to train with part of the time.

re: Maybe I really am crazy...DINOSAUR
Aug 17, 2001 4:17 PM
You're back with it babe.....I came back at the ripe young age of 56 and it took me three season of all year round riding until things started clicking again. It's a double edged sword I found, the more you ride, the better you get, the better you get, the more you want to ride.

P.S. You're never to old... age is just a number. People use it as an excuse to become lazy couch potatoes. The strongest muscle in your body is the one between your ears. I think of myself as a 24 year old kid trapped in a 59 year old body, and my wife is inclined to agree with me.

Go for only live once and don't look back....
re: Maybe I really am crazy...Jon Billheimer
Aug 17, 2001 5:32 PM
Here's a seconder to Dino, from another old guy. I started riding a bicycle at the ripe old age of 49--after lung surgery of all things! You're a spring chicken and with a little training and racing experience you'll be rippin' their legs off.
re: Maybe I really am crazy...Lone Gunman
Aug 17, 2001 4:39 PM
That is why they have masters division races. You are too young for those yet. The local races fastest times are clocked by the guys in the 35 to 40 catagory (as a group overall).