After being injured for about 6 weeks I'm just about back in the swing of my running season ,my first for 11 years.
Got a bit of data now and it's quite interesting.In my 4 races I've been the fastest over 65 in 3 of them and 2nd in the other.Today out of 161 finishers I was 4th, age graded that's a measure of my percentage to that ages world record,which I was very surprised at. I was 37th overall.Today was a Park Run so the quality of the field sort of compares to a cycling sportive ,certainly not comparable to an open time trial where these days I routinely finish in the bottom 20% even in sportives in the last couple of years I've just about scraped into the top 50%.I'm not at full gas at the running yet and do expect to improve a few % over the next 4 to 6 weeks.
I've lost about 12% of running speed over 11 years. but that's about what the running age standards predict.I'm on average 5lbs lighter now but I fear that's mostly leg and other muscle wasteage.
One thing really strikes me, the new cycling VTTA standards don't do me any favours at all.I,m typically in the bottom 50% in a VTTA event on standard.Having a standard of 1.06.00 for a 25 for a 40 year old is much too slow given that all the older targets have been reduced and makes it hopelessly bias in favour of younger vets.
It takes me some time to recover from a running race so I'm only run training every other day and that training is 80% very easy and 20% at or above 5k race pace.This seems to be working and reduces the risk of getting injured which seems to be the big problem for over 60's runners.
Got a smart turbo and Zwift last week, done about 65k on it so far.I'm in the slowest 10%, nearly everyone zooms past me, I have no chance of getting on wheels(which reduces the resistance,very clever)why do they try so hard? It's probable that my turbo is slightly under reading my wattage, going to try to recalibrate it next week. It is fun though and I will stick with it for the winter. Where I have tended to go wrong with my cycle training in the past is the relative lack of high end , ie race and above race pace, work.
Anyone got any Zwift tips?