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    Athletic performance in your 40s?

    Compared to even 5 years ago, I'm dogshit at road biking. More precisely, it seems the amount of training needed to reach a given level of performance has increased dramatically, like 2x or more. I know all you guys are in your 20s and 30s so can't empathize, but one day you'll share my pain.

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    You're probably gonna die.

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    Time remains undefeated.

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    Exponential decay. Going from 40s to 50s was at least double what it was going from 30s to 40s for me. I suspect that the fact that I quit smoking and put on 30 pounds is a big part of the suckage... Went from 5-8 and 140 to 5-8 and 170 in my 40s. I actually exercise more now than I did then,,, but nicotine is a hell of a drug and more junk food is worse than less junk food.
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    I bet you took a bunch of time off, you’re a fat pig and are now soft. You shoulda stayed fit, dumbass.
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    Hell of a lot easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape.

    Or so I hear.

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    Athletic performance in your 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    I bet you took a bunch of time off, you’re a fat pig and are now soft. You shoulda stayed fit, dumbass.
    Posting on TGR is known to cause obesity, people worrying about being 40.......ha ha ha
    “I have a responsibility to not be intimidated and bullied by low life losers who abuse what little power is granted to them as ski patrollers.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoqpass View Post
    Posting on TGR is known to cause obesity
    And general confusion.

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    Clearly the problem here is that you're a road biker. Switch to mtn biking and all your wildest dreams will come true.

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    I'm slower than I was 5 years ago. Turn 42 in a few weeks.
    I did score a bunch of goals playing organized league soccer for the first time in 20 years though. That was fun. I don't win as many races to the puck in hockey as I used to. Last season it dawned on me, yes, I am older than most of the other players on the ice. This past ski season there was a lot of snow, so I still jump off of some stuff, but not as much as 5 years ago, that's for damn sure.

    I think that for things like long distance running and biking, performance drops at a much slower rate than explosive activities like sprinting, or jumping.
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    Testosterone is your friend.


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    As to skiing I really didn't see much fall off unitl 45. Around 45 the (napolian dynomite) "cat like reflexes" and general rubber makeup (as in I just tended to bounce off shit) started to give way to awkardness and shit breaking (so far 2 full anterior shoulder dislocations, an ACL tear (100%), and this pacitor flacarias or some shit in my foot from running.

    I guess it's better than the heart attack and kidny stones my fat-ass neighbor complains about all the time but still. Not a day goes by that I don't miss the abandon, and the relative pain-less-ness that was youth.
    "Can't you see..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    I suspect that the fact that I quit smoking and put on 30 pounds is a big part of the suckage...
    Ya think? Go to the gym, pick up a 30 lb dumbbell, then carry that fucker around 24/7 and see how life treats you.

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    Just wait until you guys go from 50-60.
    We're all getting older. It does suck though when you realize that you need to rethink your goals, strategy and timing. It's not that I don't still ski, ride or hike the same stuff, but my level of energy, aggressiveness and mind-set has changed a bit
    “How does it feel to be the greatest guitarist in the world? I don’t know, go ask Rory Gallagher”. — Jimi Hendrix

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    fifty five and too heavy and not a huge amount of exercise. This was the first season my knees hurt every time skiing. It wasn't awful and found it really easy to ski through the pain. At the end of the day, at home, I felt it. a lot

    tennis now is giving me sore wrists, knee and elbow

    it sucks, but you keep at it. dropping a few pounds would be good, but I love my sierra nevada and cheap red wine...

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    Life goals:






    Dude didn't even start training until he was 85. Start lifting heavy shit and sprinting, preferably yesterday, and don't stop until you're dead.

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    Oh, yeah:

    Quote Originally Posted by dan_pdx View Post
    Compared to even 5 years ago, I'm dogshit at road biking.
    High volume road cycling as your sole or primary physical activity leads to osteopenia, even in the young. Fact.

    https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/...or-your-bones/
    https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/w...an-improve-it/

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    Road biker?

    We’ve got a thread for that.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    40s? As if. I wish.

    Wait until you get to the point when getting out of bed hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    Clearly the problem here is that you're a road biker. Switch to mtn biking and all your wildest dreams will come true.
    E mountain biking, that is.

    Have my eye on one of those high end e Roadies. Just in time for my last chapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skistack View Post
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    Viagra, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Oh, yeah:



    High volume road cycling as your sole or primary physical activity leads to osteopenia, even in the young. Fact.

    https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/...or-your-bones/
    https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/w...an-improve-it/
    This is true. I thought my 2000-3000 miles a year was good, but found out otherwise, the hard way. Mix it up with weights and steep hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    Clearly the problem here is that you're a road biker. Switch to mtn biking and all your wildest dreams will come true.
    agreed.

    OP, I feel your pain. I'm in my early 50s and everything takes more work. If I exercised like I currently am in my 30s, I would be KILLING it. Instead, I'm struggling to maintain.
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
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    "everybody's got their hooks into you, fuck em....forge on motherfuckers, drag all those bitches across the goal line with you." - (not so) ill-advised strategy

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    Osteopenia sounds like it should be a viagra side effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skistack View Post
    Testosterone is your friend.


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    Interesting, I've kind of wondered about that - I tested on the low end of normal 4 or 5 years ago and haven't seen an MD since. In your experience, are MDs forthcoming with that prescription?

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