Because lately I've been asking other 55 and over triathletes that question, and how they train in general. The thing is, I haven't gotten much useful info. Everything from "Don't ask us, we're a bunch of alcoholics," to "I just train the distance while my wife follows me in the car." Or "I just run, bike and swim a few times a week." These methods aren't going to get you over the next steep hill or raise your red line.
Not much useful information is available on the 55 and over triathlete. I'd like to dedicate a thread to just that: training, avoiding and caring for injuries in that particular population. Of course, anyone can chime in, and I would hope that you do.
So you're not a 25 year old rippling tiger. You're 55 or older, a tiger that's a little longer in the tooth. A little bit more ruddy. How do you train to get over that next hill? What's your indispensable run workout? Favorite core exercise? How do you manage those nagging shoulder twinges in the pool? How much time do you really need between 'hard' runs? Maybe it used to be 2 days and now it's a little longer; maybe you're newish to the sport.
Who am I? I'm a 59 year old podiatrist and have been doing sprint and Olympic distance triathlons for 30 years. I was certified as a USAT level I trainer in 2006 and used to put on a kids Tri as a cystic fibrosis fundraiser. Before kids races were popular, back when people thought I was crazy for doing so (except the kids and their parents who loved it). I was Director, Section of Podiatric Surgery, Department of Orthopedics at a local hospital on Long Island, NY, from 2002-2012. And a while back I used to do an online triathlon column called: Ask the Tri-Pod.
Looking forward to your replies.