I faithfully listen to your Podcast and benefit from every one.
I don’t hear my age group mentioned much (62+) and I have a first year training issue I haven’t heard addressed (doesn’t mean you haven’t covered it). I was wondering if my issue was age, the heat or training change related (maybe a combo). I am road biking only given my relative newness to the sport. I have decades of other sports including martial arts, tennis, swimming, lifting, etc.)
I overcame hip replacement last year greatly helped by FasCat weight training, base build, SS, and hill climb. I killed my first event (my first A race as a comeback from surgery) which began the outdoor transition for me. I FTFP (until outdoor season started) and Winning in the Kitchen.
Given my recovery status (1 year anniversary next month) I don’t do both indoor training and outdoor group rides as I need the recovery days. I group ride Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun. Rides are about 40-60 miles and we average 20-22 MPH. I am the oldest in my group with the least amount of biking history (3 years). This same group was 19-20 last year so everyone is improving.
I have noticed that I don’t seem to have the sustained power I did right after winter when we just went outside. I will note that my group is going faster and I feel like I’ve lost something since my last plan finished (Phil’s climbing). I’m getting dropped near the end of the rides and am not climbing as well as I was. Perhaps it is that the others are improving and I’m not at their rate. I bonked 3 times in a row last week, but they were 96 degree heat and I felt it.
Do you recommend giving up the group rides (I don’t want to if I don’t have to) or some adjustment to training that would improve the performance that I had? If so, how do I balance the indoor/outdoor mix. I have a 7 month outdoor season and want to get the most out of it.
I will go back to the weight/base/SS plans once the good weather is over. I love the plans and they have greatly improved my riding so maybe I just need more years of riding?