Training Tips For Older Riders
TRAINING TIPS FOR OLDER GUYS AND GIRLS
Here is a photo of Jim Robinson (66 years old) on the right and John Mittendorf (79 years old) on the left getting ready for their weekly ride down Time Warp at the top of Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon. Even the “older guys” can enjoy the rowdier trails and live to tell about it! Thanks for a great magazine. Photo by another biker we met on the trail, name unknown.
On page 17 of the March 2020 issue is a picture of Jim (age 66) and John (age 79), and it got me thinking. I am 67 and have been mountain biking since about 1983 (Cannondale “Mullet” 26 front, 24 rear). I still ride pretty seriously (my new Scott Genius is being built this week). I am signed up for the Butte 50 for the third time. (Finished once, cramped out at 30 miles the second time—100-degree temps were a bit much for about half the field.) I would like to see an article on training for the older gang. I see training articles for the racers and the 30-year-old stud weekenders. How about one for the age 50+ riders who still have to work? I know Ned Overend and Tinker Juarez are still doing some racing (Tinker races the Butte 100 and wins if he does not get lost), and I imagine some of the crew from that era are still in the sport. How do they stay in shape without overdoing it? Chase down some of the older serious riders and do some interviews. Diet, workouts, trailing miles, pain management and other things older guys have to pay attention to.
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