I was reading a discussion (Cycling: mashing versus spinning) in which someone commented ...
In the big picture, winning against other age-groupers is pretty unremarkable.
... which implies that cycling performance is affected by one's age.
Now ageing might be, to quote the FAQ, "an actual problem that you face".
Assuming that ageing is in fact some kind of 'problem', can you tell me what's useful to know about it? Especially as it relates to cycling (ability, performance, expectations, and/or training)?
For example a little bit of googling found "Key found to muscle loss as we age" which suggests that one cause of muscle wasting in older people is decreased blood flow to the legs (which cycling presumably helps to counter-act somewhat).
To be a bit more specific:
- I'm soon to be 50 (but please feel free to talk about other ages if you know about it and think it would interest)
- I'd looking for any specifically age-related information (e.g. I think all articles will say that in general exercise is good for you at any/every age: which is the opposite of being an age-specific statement, or statements about specific ages or ageing)
- I'm looking for bicycle-specific information (so perhaps not especially for statements relating to flexibility, memory and other mental abilities, impact-resilience, and/or other such ageing-related phenomena that aren't especially relevant to bicycling)
- I'd prefer actionable or prescriptive information