What level of competition is still realistic?

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Hello evrybody!

im in midlife crisis and become intersted in riding bike again ;). goal is complete some montanous marathon event like Marmotte/Otztaler in 2023.
In my youth i was doing many sports, but never focused on a particular one to train. My climbing record was a VAM of 1300m/h on a 10,5km@8,6% mountain. Used a 10kg bike and was like 68kg myself. Can we deduct from this data my old VO2max?
Now years later, some smoking and stressful family life, what can i still achieve? Do i need a medical exam first? My feelings from just riding a bike are real good. I just wanna make sure my engine is stille fine and dont overdo things.

kind regards :)
 
well ... what's your age and weight now? Do you do any regular exercise? Do you have the time to do 4x/week 2hour exercise sessions - 1 hour of hard endurance exercise, and the other hour for 'get ready' and 'clean-up after'?
 
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Hi Jay,im mid40ies my weight now is 76kg. I put on some musclemass from rockclimbing (shoulders and back mostly)and a small belly. i am ready to loose this for better cycling output. Right now i do weekend rides between 3 and 5h but no intervals or intensive stuff.
yes i can afford this training times. Come winter XC-Skiing is a joy for me.
 
Really back of the envelope but seeing as elite cyclists have around 1800 VAM on similar climbs, I’d estimate your VO2 would be (1300/1800)= 72% of the elites. 72% of 85-90 is around 62.

I would say definitely get back on the bike and try out some climbs and see how you progress over a few months. Don’t need to be overly competitive to have fun and push yourself, but maybe you’ll still be competitive anyway.
 
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From your description it seems that you certainly could get much stronger and be 'fit for competition' .
But it will take commitment ... mainly because the additional training that's needed goes well beyond recreational riding. You'll need to get used to being 'really tired' from a training session, and need time to recuperate. Probably won't to able to go for a hard training ride in the morning, and then mow the lawn in the afternoon!
 
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From your description it seems that you certainly could get much stronger and be 'fit for competition' .
But it will take commitment ... mainly because the additional training that's needed goes well beyond recreational riding. You'll need to get used to being 'really tired' from a training session, and need time to recuperate. Probably won't to able to go for a hard training ride in the morning, and then mow the lawn in the afternoon!
yes man i hope so. going all out i was only used from soccer play. my legs have not typical lean look like u have from doing 10k km/year in bike.
in the 90ies it was said u need to do 6h+ low heartbeat races to burn fat. is this out of date wisdom?
 

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