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WOW - Couldn't agree more. Age is simply a number. If you think you are old you are.

I would even dispute that accepting a 10% decline in performance over a decade is acceptable. How do you know that the performance a decade ago was the best that you could have done at that time.

I bought into the stories that you don't have to train as much when you get older, that you already have a base from the decades of training the story went. BULL! I started to add cruise intervals, hills and tempo runs into my training a few months ago and I have improved my performance considerably - and I am in my 70's.

That proves you can gain or regain performance later in life. I refuse to state that as advanced age or getting older.

Thanks Joe this is great stuff, keep it coming.

Alan Huntley

Joe, I'm loving your series of posts regarding the more mature athletes among us. The message I'm getting is just what I need as I am embarking on second racing career. I am 51 and I stopped racing at 28. I was road racing as second cat back in the 80' in the UK and have a sneaky suspicion that I was just not training right, and that there were far to many interruptions to my cycling activities to really say I'd met my potential. So my plan is, with the help of your books, a coach, a power meter and early retirement, to give it another go. I'm already back to racing after starting in Aprill. Onward and upwards I say! Bravo!

Don Keller

Great take-away found within this blog Joe:

"Patting yourself on the back for merely finishing is a sure way to injure your shoulder"

Your "aging" series blogs have me jumping rope like Floyd Mayweather with the performance mind of Rafael Nadal.

George Demetrulias

Does this mean if a person's telemores got shorter from lack of intensive exercise, they can get longer by going out to the track more often?

Joe Friel

George D--The research doesn't answer that question, at least none that I've seen. My guess is that exercise simply slows the loss of length.

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