Long time listener to your podcasts. I really enjoy your podcasts and how you breakdown the scientific training process into achievable training goals for real world people.
As a 47 year old bike racing dad of twins with a stressful job, I’m really intrigued by your discussions on age related decline, and as an engineer, I can appreciate the science behind it. However, I would like to hear your thoughts on my situation as a late blooming athlete who is still posting power PRs at age 47.
I began athletics/bike riding at age 25 after several years as a stock car driver. After 5 years of riding, I trained with power in 2003/2004 and posted 20 minute power at 400W. Fast forward to now, and I can hold 400W for about an hour at about the same weight (175lbs). I was expecting to hit age related decline at age 40, and have continued to post PRs, most recently with a top 20 finish at DK in 2019.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how it may be possible for late-blooming athletes to post PRs after age-related decline begins to set in.