Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been a road cyclist for twelve years. I used to ride in a peloton group and sometimes alone with an average speed of 29kmp on flats. For a few years I lived in a big city and had to take spinning classes. I moved to a rural area and started road cycling again over a year ago. I do a lot of long steep climbs because this area is really hilly mixed with flats. I was riding 170 miles per week a year ago and cut back because my adrenals went down, cortisol shot up and I was over training. I cut back to three rides per week and ride 28-30 miles per ride. The last 12 months I’ve been trying to improve my speed with no luck. I’ve tried intervals, cycling more, cycling less, resting more, resting less. My legs just seem to go at a max of 22kmp (14mph). I would like to try riding in groups again but their speed minimum is 16pmh. I’m using the same bicycle but better tires. Is this inevitable for women who hit middle age?