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Master 45+ - Losing Speed!!(2 posts)

Master 45+ - Losing Speed!!veloB
Feb 7, 2002 5:14 PM
I have raced for about 10 years, Cat.III -- during that time "graduating" from 35+ to 45+ division. These two are often run together.

Road races and TTs, I can pretty much hold my own. But, the speed necessary for Crits is becoming increasingly problematic!!

This fall/winter season, I have ridden a considerable increase of base miles compared to the past several years.

I would be interested in others comments, suggestions, and particularly experience as how to regain/maintain/improve speed along with the inexorable aging factor.

Thanks in Advance
re: Master 45+ - Losing Speed!!brider
Feb 8, 2002 9:47 AM
It is inevitable that you will lose some speed as you age. That is one of the reasons for having the Masters categories. Running them together is jst a slap in the face, if you ask me. You're probably going to have to use a little more cunning than relying on a blazing sprint. But the way to speed is....SPEED. Ride fast to race fast. But take the gradual approach, as the body is a little more unforgiving of the exuberance of youth.