I was reading this article from Chris Carmichael Coaching and thought I would share this as it summaries all the fundamental points you need to consider.  For me the big take away message is ‘consistency’ and ‘recover well’. Get those two things right and you will not go far wrong.

Optimizing performance for masters cyclists can be trickier than getting the best out of a 20-something professional athlete. The complexity comes from fighting the slow and natural decline in performance potential after about 40 years old, coupled with busy lifestyles that incorporate relationships, children, and aging parents, and topped off by careers that are at their peak in terms of productivity and stress.

Although these are grand generalizations, younger athletes have the bandwidth–physically and mentally–to take on massive amounts of training, and senior athletes are often retired or semi-retired empty nesters who can reclaim their time and focus for training. It’s the masters in the middle who struggle to strike the right balance.

Because CTS Coaches work with so many masters cyclists, I decided to bring some of the coaches together to give their best guidance.

So, here’s some of the best advice from CTS Coaches for masters cyclists:

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We train, we adapt, we test

Once again the easy tempo session we did last week becomes a challenge once more.

Our bodies are constantly changing and we need to ensure the correct amount of ‘strain’ is being applied to ensure we do not detrain. (more…)

Saw this amazing film footage of a bike change in the LaVuelta this year and made me think about the CX racers I have watched and the importance in their own sport of a quick bike change.

But do not blink or you will miss it, absolute perfection !

 

 

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