How Has Your Training Changed After Age 50?
Recently while skimming my email inbox, an article titled “5 Training Tips to Help You Run Strong As You Age” caught my attention. What really caused me to read further was the first part of the tagline: “Getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop running”.
Judging from the comments that followed the article, the author disappointed several readers when they realized that his definition of age differed from theirs – he is 40 years old. It is common to generalize training plans, dismissing the age effect.
Most questions I receive from visitors to Senior Triathletes are from those looking for advice on triathlon training for those of us 50 and over. Missing from websites, blogs, and books about triathlon training is age-specific training information.
Being over 50, we deal with issues that those younger seldom need to consider. For example, a short time ago, RL posted the following on the Senior Triathletes Facebook page:
“Any of you doing tris/IMs after total hip replacement? Got a THR 4 weeks ago – thought I would switch to aqua bike – been reading about people running post THR – still seems like a bit of a gamble with respect to increased risk of needing a revision compared to low impact activity. Thanks for any comments.”
I doubt that the general triathlon sites answer questions about training and racing after joint replacements. Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question with authority; I do not have the proper training.
That’s why I am writing this post.
I Need Your Experience With Triathlon Training After Age 50
We, the age 50+ triathlon community, will appreciate your comments on the following:
- Have you used or are you using a triathlon training plan specific to your age group or even for those age 50 and over?
- Are you aware of such training programs and, if so, what have you heard about them?
- What have you learned about training as you age?
- What are the main changes you have made in your training?
- How has your training for swimming, biking, and running changed as you have aged?
- As someone age 50 or over, how do you advise someone ages 50, 60, 70, or even age 80 to train for a longer race? For example, how does a person our age who does Olympic distance triathlons train for an Ironman?
- Are you or someone you know able to answer training questions like that from RL (above)?
- What can we do to achieve the goal of Senior Triathletes being a valuable resource for information, besides inspiration, for beginner and intermediate triathletes age 50 and over?
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