How to Effectively Modify Your Training and Racing as You Age, with Rebecca Rusch

Age is just a number. Few athletes know that better than Rebecca Rusch, who joins us to discuss how to adapt and perform at the highest levels of sport as you age.

Rebecca Rusch
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They say age is just a number. That’s exactly it: Age is nothing more than digits, and certainly shouldn’t be seen as a barrier or a dirty word. We can age successfully, but it requires changes to how we train and perhaps to the types of races we target. 

Of course, there are some physiological changes—you might call them declines—that come with age. Yet, there are also things that improve as athletes get older. Sometimes they are truly physiological and psychological adaptations, and at other times they are a matter of perspective, mentality, or choice. 

This episode begins with a deep dive by Trevor into some recent research on the effects of age and performance. Then we jump into a great conversation with the timeless Rebecca Rusch, a seven-time world champion, mountain bike Hall of Famer, and ever-evolving, age-defying cyclist and adventurer.  

In that conversation, we touch upon everything from training changes to nutrition tips, from off-the-bike work to the work it takes inside the mind to stay motivated, energized, and ready to push. 

We also hear from Dr. Andy Pruitt, the world-renowned sports medicine consultant, and Colby Pearce, coach, athlete, bike fitter, and host of the Cycling in Alignment podcast. 

All that and much more, today on Fast Talk. Let’s make you fast!

[For more on the effects of aging on performance, listen to Fast Talk, episode 39: The Secrets to Staying Strong as You Age, with Ned Overend.]

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