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Hi Joe,

As a British Cycling Level 3 coach I've been reading some of your posts with great interest of late. I also run a company in the French Alps providing holidays and more and more now training opportunities for people serious about how to move to a new level. I've read with interest the information re your forthcoming Faster at 50 book as we'll be running some specific training weeks for exactly these riders later this year.

The book is pre-ordered and I hope it will provide lots of valuable information that will help support the needs of our riders.

Many thanks for your continuing expertise.



Tommy Johnson

I'm 53. This season it seems to be especially hard to get back into shape after a 2 month 'off season'. I'm reading your book now and learning a lot. I understand you'll be in Dallas later this year. Hopefully you'll talk some about the aging athlete when you're in town.

Wendy Rivard

I'm a 52 year old female runner. I'm really interested in your book. I'm curious to know if your book applies to women as well as men, and if your research found differences in the way we should be training as well as fueling. I will say that I've incorporated strength training with a CrossFit coach as well as HIIT into my regimen and have noticed a huge difference in my endurance!

Joe Friel

Wendy--Yes, it covers both men and women, but I talk about the heavy preponderence of sport research using male subjects. So there is some guesswork as to what women should do, unfortunately.


Very much looking forward to the ebook version. I am a 50+ female runner and (lapsed) triathlete. By any chance, do you discuss older endurance athletes that live and train full time at altitude? I've been trying to find research in this area but haven't had any luck. I moved permanently from sea level to 7400 feet recently, so this topic is one that I am very curious about. Thanks!

Joe Friel

L_berman--No, it doesn't discuss altitude and age. I doubt if there is any research on that. I've never seen any. But I've written about altitude on my blog before. Just go there (www.joefrielsblog.com) and search "altitude."



I think this is a great topic and I'm always interested in your latest publication. I've got 10 years to go before 50, but I plan on reading it anyway.

Regarding ageing and cycling and endurance athletics, have you considered spending some time thinking and writing about that transition period of 35-45?

As a competitive rider, I've certainly made some significant changes since I hit my middle 30s. Some are based on life and time, some based on how my body is changing.

Personally, I think this phase of life is where endurance athletes start to get it wrong because the changes are so subtle, but the consequence of ignoring the changes are significant.

A thesis question like: how do we bridge that gap between our late and early 30s and our 50s might be a good place to start.

I know I've already started making important changes in how I train, to promote longevity in a sport I hope to pursue until the end.

Joe Friel

slimdog1--Very insightful. Yes, I have given that topic some thought. Last time was when my son entered that age range. In many ways it's the most challenging time in a person's life, regardless of whether they are athlete or not. Trying to balance family and career is very difficult at this age. Adding training on top of that really makes it muddy. I appreciate your interest in my books. Thanks!

Lennart Nordvall

Hey Joe,

I just turn 50 last year and started to do Triathlon at age of 48. Just have running background. Started to swim and bike for the first time 10 months prior to my ironman race, Challenge Roth in Southern Germany. That was my second race as a tri guy, and it actually went pretty OK. I have register for another IM for October this year.

I just got to learn that I love to do Tri training and to train quite hard, as much as my body let me. That´s a big part of my new life style.

I preordered your book Going fast after 50, for some time ago and I got it last week. I have read a few pages and I like very much. I also acknowledge all the work you have done covering all related research around this topic.

However, Danish researches just posted some contradictory
information about high intensity training. I would appreciate your view on this


As other said, I think your book is right on time. We are many that want to go as hard as we can in spite of age.

Kind regards


Joe Friel

Lennart Nordvall - Myself and scores of other senior athletes should all have died a long time ago then. It's what you adapt to over time given the right dose and density of training for _you_. Otherwise, the person got the dose and density wrong. The body is made to adapt, even to high physical stress, if it's done correctly.


Hi Joe....ordered Fast after 50 via Amazon and received early January. Made a great Christmas holiday read. Have worked on my training plan for 2015 using the guide you lay out in the book and am interested to see how it goes. Used Training Peaks virtual coach as a base and made the changes to bring it into line with your density and dose guidelines. Do you think that this is a good way to go. My 67 year old body may need a few more rest days I suspect. You mention that it is very difficult to regain a competitive level if you are unfortunate enough to loose a lot of time through injury, just wondering how you recovered after your accident last year?


Joe -- I’m about two-thirds of the way through “Fast after 50.” Much of what you say rings true: tendency to lighten the training load, importance of rest and recovery, have a plan, and much more. I appreciate the solid scientific basis of your work, and having both basic principles (train consistently, trust your training, commit to well-considered goals…) and specific training plans to work with. I’m 66, and have used both the “Cyclist’s Training Bible” and the previous “Cycling Past 50” with great benefit, including preparing for centuries and week-long tours. Thanks for your solid and insightful work.


Looks like I'm going to need a dedicated shelf for your books!
Does this book cover recovery times - specific to over 50s? You talk about focussing on quality/more intense sessions yet several over 50s that I've seen, who are very fit AG triathletes, need two clear days before another hard session. That's only 3 hard sessions at most a week, 1 per sport. Is that then an improvement or maintenance strategy?


please also can you indicate availability by amazon in the uk? Just checked and currently only available to pre-order, hopefully that means imminent.

Joe Friel

The5krunner--I'll ask my publisher. The author seldom knows this sort of stuff. Will get back to you.

Joe Friel

The5krunner--Yes, that's covered in some detail

Joe Friel

David - Yes, that is certainly the way to go. As for my recovery crash a year ago... First, thanks for asking. My power numbers are about 95% back to where I was before the crash. Shoulder ROM is about the same - 95%.

Joe Friel

the5krunner--My publisher says about Fast After 50 in UK: "most bookstores have it on the shelves right now." Apparently Amazon UK placed their order late. Check your local book stores.

Mark Bates


Thanks for putting this fantastic book together. I pre-ordered through Amazon as soon as I became aware of it since I turned 50 last April. I've finished reading it and have gone back to it repeatedly to help set up my training plan for the year. I think perhaps the most important thing you do in the book is defeat the long slow distance myth. I am planning to ratchet up the intensity and allow more time for recovery thanks to your advice.


Mark Bates, Richmond, VA


So...I'm 75 (by USAT calculation), hip replacement-bike accident couple years ago, didn't slow me down. Not slowing, staying or increasing speed (thanks to good coach), sometimes work with 'old people', and think this book will be the best thing around (soon's I get my handz on it). GoodjobJoe!


When do you expect the ebook to be available? Love to read it electronically via Kindle or my iPhone.

BTW, I credit my 6 master's national titles (mountain biking) to first reading your training bible in the late 90s. I've won titles from 2000 to 2011 but have let my self fall out of shape in the last couple of years. Being in shape is much better living. Really looking forward to reading this new book. Rus

Joe Friel

rkappius--Look for it in all electronic formats in 2 weeks.

Gordon Roth

I'm 61, started mountain biking at 56. I'm more interested in endurance than speed, even though i have had a few podiums in these few years. Does your research and advice on increasing speed also translate to increasing endurance and the simple pleasure of outdoor fresh air and exercise?

Joe Friel

Gordon--It's about how to perform at a high level in endurance sport after age 50

Masaaki Iwasa

Hi Joe,

I'm 63, started participating in road races 5years ago.
I've been doing workouts using a power meter since 3 years ago, which has made me faster so far.
These days I've been a bit concerned about my taking many rest days while my younger bike friends do workouts more often.
After having read this book, the scales have fallen from my eyes and I've become more confident in myself.
Thanks for your solid and insightful work.

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