Old coot training.

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by Rock Creek Rider, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Rock Creek Rider

    Rock Creek Rider New Member

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    In around four months I turn 65. Tuesday I have an appointment with a heart surgeon to talk about possible solutions to the problems I'm having with getting enough oxygen to my muscles. Even when my heart is beating fairly normal (for me) long hard efforts cause my heart to start skipping beats, making it even harder to get oxygen to my muscles or, worse, I go into AFIB. Open heart surgery sounds pretty drastic to me. Hoping there are some choices that are less invasive.
    Before I undergo any procedures, and after, I'd like to maximize my workouts. Working nearly ten hours a day and the risk of setting off arrhythmia or AFIB, kind of limits my efforts, making it even more important that I concentrate on the most effective training.
    To this end I did a little searching on the web. There seems to be a consensus that including weight training and short duration, high intensity workouts will give me the best results. I've been doing a lot of interval training all along. I used to do a lot of weight training, but got away from that. Time to hit the gym again.
    One video I came across made me a little angry. Some young guy, who knows nothing about what it's like to grow old, claimed it was just bull crap that older people can't still ride as well as when they were young. I wish I could be around when he's sixty to see what he has to say about it then. Look, only a moron would thing that an 80 year old could compete in the Tour de France. To think that there aren't intermediary stages just doesn't make sense. It is well documented that you lose muscle mass and your VO2 max goes down as you age, starting at around 30 or 40. Can some people ride like a cycling machine at 40? Certainly. Can anyone that is training right and hard at 30, ride as well at 60. No one on the planet. Everyone, I mean every single human being on the planet, grows old slowly. They don't hammer up Pikes Peak at 75, then die of old age at 80. It just doesn't work that way.
     
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  2. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    If you have arrhythmia and/or AFIB DO NOT attempt any sort of exercise regime most especially short duration high stress without clearance from your doctor. Also get him to recommend a physical therapist to advise you.

    I don't know where you'd get any advice like that unless the person would inherit your holdings.
     
  3. Rock Creek Rider

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    I was referring to general advice for older athletes, not specifically about me.
    I finally found a cardiologist that knew what to do. He had me take a different kind of heart echo that was looking for a specific problem that he suspected was causing my shortness of breath and it was what I suspected all along. I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve that has gradually calcified. In addition, it turns out that the artery leaving my heart is all stretched out and could burst, if I push too hard. So I have surgery scheduled and, in the meantime, I always wear a heart rate monitor while training and keep my heart rate under 115.
     
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    With calcified aortic arteries any sort of stress most certainly could have killed you. This is one of the problems I have with training regimes written by people that are not medical doctors and do not start with "FIRST GET A COMPLETE MEDICAL EXAM"

    While heart rate control is part of the problems - your blood pressure can shoot right through the ceiling before your heart rate increases to get your blood moving and drop the pressure.

    I'm very glad you have had this outcome.
     
  5. VictoriaTegg9520

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    Hello Everyone
    I want to Buy a new bike will you please suggested me...,
     
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