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Greg Vick


As an athlete who is getting older (50, will be 51 in December), I've really appreciated these blog posts on the older athlete. One of the things that we try to do as an older athlete is that we try and train like we did in our 20s, 30s and 40s and our bodies break down.

I know that I've had to back off on my training to prevent injury and over training. I still think that I need to tweak my routine a little more. I do strength training twice a week (full body, compound exercises), and I manage to get out and run 5 days a week.

As a person who is training for a 100 mile trail race in April, I know that I need to make sure that I stay injury free, get in plenty of long mileage, and continue to build my aerobic base. But now I think that I will use one of my 5 running days to do a little speed work as well. Maybe some 400's.

Anyway, thanks again, and I really enjoy your blogs. You are "The Man"!!


Jeff Dorminey

Joe, as a 57 year old cyclist I’m really finding this series of post interesting and I must admit I’m one of those who fell into the “ don’t get your heart rate higher than zone 3 during base period” trap guys. I have been wondering if there are any studies on what would be the results, if a cyclist instead of doing a weekly interval session, a weekly sprint session and a weekly threshold session, if he did one 3-4 minute AC interval and 1-2 sprints on every ride with the rest of the ride being zone 4 or less, if he rode 5-6 times a week? In other words at some point during a mostly zone 2-3 ride, do a AC interval and later on do a sprint, every time you ride

Henry Bickerstaff

At 59 I have really enjoyed your series on aging. I try to do my 3 x 1 mile repeats with 1 min rest intervals every week but stopped during my off season. Every time I started again my beginning pace was a little slower each year. Now I intend to stay with them all year round. Thanks for the blog.
Henry Bickerstaff

Joe Friel

Jeff D- Thanks for your note. Yes, I think that's another way of doing it.

Stuart Lynne

Having the luxury of a local indoor track (Burnaby Velodrome) I just move indoors and do the weekly racing series. Lots of VO2Max efforts and lots of motivation so it doesn't get boring. I've improved my track and outdoor road racing skills pretty much every year for the last six years, 53-59.

Don Robertson

Hi Joe: Thanks for this clarification. I have been confused about this even after reading your Training Bible. I am wondering about specificity. I am a 65 year old duathlete and would like to restrict high intensity in base period to the bike to avoid injury. Would this be a viable strategy?

Joe Friel

Don Robertson--I think it's a great strategy!

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