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How Hormones Conspire to Store Fat 

As athletes get older, hormone levels shift, disrupting how the body manages glucose and insulin and inviting a slow creep of excess weight.

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The Upside of Growing Old

The OG of endurance sports coaching shares how bike racing and life have changed since he turned 70—and what you have to look forward to.

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Lifelong Pursuit: The Value of Physical Goals for Aging Athletes

As a latecomer to the competitive running scene, Cathy Utzschneider knocked out top results as a masters athlete while also coaching 75 USATF age group champions. She shares her experience on how best to remain engaged and open to what’s next.

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Never Too Late to Start: Unlocking Performance as a Masters Athlete

Cathy Utzschneider took up competitive running after age 40 and quickly made up for lost time, racking up nine USATF national age group championships (including track, road, and cross-country), a silver medal at the Nike World Masters Games, and a gold medal at the North American World Regional Championships.

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Maintaining Performance with Age

Maintaining Performance with Age

In this video, Joe Friel highlights three key factors for coaches to focus on to ensure their aging athletes remain fit and well.

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Jessi Stensland: “Kinterractive” Evolution of the Athlete

Evolution as an athlete is something that will come if you stay active for long enough. Navigating those changes can be a challenge, but athletes like Jessi Stensland seem only to improve with their years.

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how athletes slow down with age Dr. Stephen Seiler

Breakdown: How Athletes Slow Down with Age

Like it or not, we slow down as we age. Do some parts of our physiological machinery slow down faster than others? If so, what does that mean for training and endurance performance?

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The Secrets to Staying Strong as You Age, with Ned Overend

Maintaining strong training on the bike while aging isn’t as difficult as it may seem, as guest MTB champion Ned Overend illustrates.
We will delineate what age effects truly exist — for example, a drop in maximum heart rate — and others that have been traditionally attributed to aging that now appear to be trainable, such as a loss in fast-twitch muscle fiber strength.

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