Training for Vet class 50+

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12/23/2015 9:58 AM

What are you vet riders doing for training??? Jogging, mountain biking and cardio workouts? Any specific routines working for you. Even younger guys what is your routine???


12/23/2015 10:41 AM

Kind of like most vet guys our age, I had to give up running several years ago because of a crushed Talus (ankle bone). So I took up rowing with a Concept 2 rower and mix it up with cycling. Oh and try to limit the intake of Coors lights between February and August each year. Good luck!


12/23/2015 10:46 AM

No running on these 50 yr. old joints! Cardio, a little strength training but the best thing for me at this point it just time on the bike (which I don't get)


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12/23/2015 11:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/23/2015 11:09 AM

I've found that doing a little bit of everything- (Cross-Fit, Concept Rowing, MTB, Schwinn Airdyne, Jogging) Helps in your recovery between motos, but nothing compares to just putting in the laps.

Most of us who are deep in our Vet yrs (I'm 47) struggle just to find time to ride.

One of my favorite routines is to do 45 min on the Airdyne, and every 7 min, hop off and do 10 burpies. The burpies break up the workout, and the time seems to go by a bit quicker.

You can go on RacerX and check out the Virtual Trainer.. Lots of good info there. The key is to realize we're not Pro's, or aspiring Pros. The workouts are to keep us safe, minimize mistakes, and make our track time as enjoyable as possible.

Good luck- Find that happy balance-


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12/23/2015 11:22 AM

I'm in my 50's. I have been burned out on training and practicing for years. I get my "fitness" from racing as often as I can. No diets, no routines, just racing.


12/23/2015 11:30 AM

moto0852 wrote:

No running on these 50 yr. old joints! Cardio, a little strength training but the best thing for me at this point it just time ...more

Same^^^ I'm 55, no running. I try to save my knees, for all the jumps I seem to case these day's.

Mostly seat time, and core exercises, that's about it.

P.S... I'm almost strictly moto, but am having more fun these day's than I can ever remember! w00t


12/23/2015 11:55 AM

vetmotoxer34 wrote:

Kind of like most vet guys our age, I had to give up running several years ago because of a crushed Talus (ankle bone). So I ...more

^^ This except no crushed talus.

A Concept2, a Mtn Bike, and a heart rate monitor. Sometimes I even use them.

I don't like weights cause they are heavy, and I don't like cardio because it makes me tired.

Unfortunately at 53 I have to do something if I want to be at the front of the pack for more than a lap or 2.

The best advice I've gotten is: The optimum time to work out is when ever you can fit it in your schedule, and a little is better than none. If you only have 5-10 mins - row for 5-10 mins. This isn't what I actually do but its' the best advice I've gotten.

You cant fake motocross.


12/23/2015 12:09 PM

Mtn bike once or twice a week. Road cycle every now and then. ride bike once a week.



12/23/2015 12:13 PM

I"m 48, I raced & practice a lot up until 2 years ago. I still ride as much as my body will allow, but I am trying to conserve my body until I turn 50 & rejoin the moto wars. It's about the only reason to get excited about turning 50. I stopped running about 5 years ago, no more high impact training. I road & mountain bike, lift weights in the off season, row, air dyne & lots of core excersies to help my aching back. I swim whenever I have access to a pool, especially after riding, helps me feel better the next day. Some things are the same as ever, try to ride with faster guys to keep your speed up & enjoy every moto!


12/23/2015 12:14 PM

Try to average around 8 Miller high lifes an evening( for recovery purposes of course). Ride my mtn bike whenever I can and try to do at least 20 miles at a time. I'm 46 and the High life training is fact! cool


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12/23/2015 12:14 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/23/2015 12:16 PM

30 minutes rowing at least 3 times a week
100 to 150 push ups a day
100 to 150 balls at the golf driving range everyday I can make it
3 Motos a week 20 minutes

I'm 53 open heart surgery 6 months ago


12/23/2015 12:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/23/2015 2:28 PM

43yo GNCC racer here...still running, both endurance and high intensity intervals. Also road cycling >20 miles/session. About to start weight training for the 2016 season.

Edit: changed minutes to miles...dang autocorrect got me


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12/23/2015 1:33 PM

...all you f'n kids nowadays....lazy....


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12/23/2015 1:38 PM

15 years ago drinking beer and eating chicken wings might be valid form of training.


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12/23/2015 1:41 PM

58, Crossfit for the last 2 years. Amazing results.


12/23/2015 1:51 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/23/2015 1:52 PM

Stretching/flexibility is huge, prevents lots of injuries. Heavy bag, push ups, sit ups, core strength is important. Some 12oz curls here and there,...


12/23/2015 2:11 PM



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12/23/2015 2:24 PM

I never realized you older guys still trained that much. Guys like Dubach and Earl May I get but damn!! I'm 25 and don't do anything but ride.... I guess I need to step it up! Haha!


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12/23/2015 2:28 PM

I would trade training for your age Matty! Enjoy your youth.


12/23/2015 2:54 PM

swimming imo is great cardio for MX and is very easy on the joints ,you ll get a great workout a hell of alot quicker than cycling , which you really have to put in the hours to get anything out of it


12/23/2015 2:59 PM

MarkF wrote:

I'm in my 50's. I have been burned out on training and practicing for years. I get my "fitness" from racing as often as I can. ...more

I'm with you. I stopped training the MINUTE I hit the 30+ vet class. You guys are taking this WAY too serious :-) I took 8-9ys off and came back for the 50+ class and I was very surprised by how fast they were all going but was even more surprised to see how many of them were training and training hard. I get the fitness or lack there of comments pretty much on a weekly basis after leading most of a moto only to give it up on the last lap. I had a buddy grab me by the shoulders after leading 6 of 7 laps and he was pissed at me he said it kills me that it doesn't bother you about not winning all the motos that I've lead and he threw in the fitness comment and my reply was "Jack, I do this for fun and I haven't been fit since the 80's and I'm definitely not starting now"


12/23/2015 3:09 PM

I actually had a one on one training session on Sunday, with the trainer that trains my son.
First time in years I have had someone train me.



12/23/2015 3:29 PM

I'm pushing 60 and nothing seems to work for me except riding every week...which I don't get to do.


12/23/2015 4:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/24/2015 6:53 AM

I just eat clean. No sugar. No salt. Nothing processed. Zero food from restaurants. If we are to lazy to prepare food we just don't eat. Lots of raw uncooked vegetables and lean chicken/fish. At this age we don't need to eat much. Juice kale and fruit for breakfast. Raw veggies and bananas for lunch. Grilled chicken breast and mound of steamed veggies for dinner. Hundreds of different ways to prepare each meal.


MR. X wrote:

That one dog keeps winning ,I'm so bored watching the finals ,somebody , somewhere ,owes me something . They need to change the format ,that way the dog I want to win will have a chance against the much faster dogs.

12/23/2015 4:42 PM

Digger29 wrote:

I'm with you. I stopped training the MINUTE I hit the 30+ vet class. You guys are taking this WAY too serious :-) I took 8-9ys ...more

That right there is priceless!!! Haha.


12/23/2015 4:56 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/23/2015 4:59 PM

Lots and lots of Rowing. I have my own Concept 2 in the garage, it kicks my ass almost every day.

Road biking at least 15 miles twice a week if the effing California rain will ever stop...


12/23/2015 6:27 PM

Eat properly, 2 times a week 3/4 motos 15-20 min each, stretching ...and that's it. I'm 49 and I talke 3 days to recover after riding every sunday and wednesday it is all I can do.


12/23/2015 7:53 PM

30 minutes cycle first thing on empty stomach
Then 1 hour of calisthenics with running intervals or tempo run up to 5 miles
Afternoon - lift, real weights, not that silly cross fit that does nothing for you but loose all your gains from the real gym... Bro science!



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12/23/2015 8:27 PM

I enjoy getting out on the mtn bike, would do alot more of it if not for moto, legs are always sore, need to get my hip sorted out....



12/23/2015 8:47 PM

50+ training keep an eye on your heart rate. 120-130BPM . (That was a guide line I followed, dont take my advice.)
30-50 minutes a day 5 days a week. Old enough to take seriously the necessity to prepare for the exertion.