Aging and power profiles

Discussion in 'Power Training' started by dot, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. dot

    dot New Member

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    I still don't have a power measuring device and prolly won't ever have but power data fuels thought and since I'm seasoned and getting older and practically reached a point where I cannot improve and all my physiological parameters start to decline I want to know how power outputs change with age in trained individuals. I hope coaches who use power in training might have collected some data and can share some of the data with us. I can only surmise that peak power values should go down a bit faster that FTP but the speed of decline is much mre interesting thing.
     
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  2. flapsupcleanup

    flapsupcleanup New Member

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    One's physical potential probably does decrease somewhat with age but on the other hand, very few of us ever reach that potential because our training is usually less than perfect. Intelligent use of a power meter will enable most of us to get to a higher percent of that potential regardless of age. IME the gains from training with a power meter far outweigh the age related losses.

    I'm 60 and my FTP is higher than it was at age 55 (when I got my first PM)
     
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    No offence, but I don't want to be told that measuring power is great and other ensuing banalities, I should have put it in the first message. I only want pure data and that's it.
     
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    None taken. Except for the "banalities" part. :) This is a power forum, however

    I am skeptical that you have reached the point where you cannot improve, that was my point.

    And to your original point, data:

    My FTP in 2005 240W
    FTP today 270W
     
  5. acoggan

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    FWIW, I recently posted 10 y of my own data (spanning the ages 40-50 y) to the wattage list. On the whole I would say that it is perfectly in line with you would expect based on the research literature.
     
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