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Hi Joe, more sane and illuminating advice! Yes, I can see very clearly now that inconsistent workouts are my biggest limiting factor, but due to chronic disorganisation rather than over-training. I just need to be born all over again to be a successful runner and human being !!! I've been wanting to thank you for your book "Fast After 50". I am 74 and have long been committed to running AND weight training. Your book not only endorsed that, but has enthused me to go further in intensity. I was already doing intervals/hill repeats, but your very short (VO2max) and very long (lactate) intervals feel very powerful indeed. I'm really hoping to improve my 5k parkrun times as a result.
If you are in the UK and available at 9am any Saturday morning you might enjoy a parkrun (free 5k time trial/quasi race. Greater London has 47 and counting, and they are popping up all over, abroad too. To me they are the most exciting development in running today.
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/
You just sign up once for all online, print out your bar code and turn up on any day at any event - no race numbers, no advance commitment, but brilliantly organised online results.
As well as your book, I appreciate your generosity in writing such long and thoughtful replies to queries here. I'm already looking forward to the next one. Very best wishes from Alexandra.

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I work as a consultant and sometimes have to travel for weeks at a time. I started using https://www.velolet.com/ to rent bikes in the cities I was traveling to. It isn't easy since you also have to make sure you get an SUV rental car, but it was a much better solution for me than trying to use the hotel gym.

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Now happily retired but I used to travel a lot as well so had this problem. Few other comments:
> If forced to use a gym plan to use it for high intensity efforts e.g. VO2 intervals/tabata. If the gym has no bike then second best choice is do these on a rowing machine if it has one.
> I bought myself an Airnimal bike. These are great, ride exactly like a "real" bike but can be packed into a suitcase. If you are lucky, as I was, your trips may send you good cycling country so this gives a double whammy of training and discovering new rides.
> Plan do to off bike conditioning like strength and flexibility. I would especially recommend "Core Advantage" by Tim Danielson. This is a cyclist specific book and all its exercises are designed to be done in a hotel room without any special equipment.

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