I’m currently listening to the audio book of Joe Friel’s ‘Fast after 50’ and he strongly suggests that athletes over 50 should incorporate a lot more VO2 Max sessions in order to improve.
I’m not sure how many older athletes we have using SUF, but do the coaches feel there’s a market to design a plan around age? Do they subscribe to Joe’s idea?
Along with additional VO2 sessions, Joe also suggests that volume might be reduced, especially for those 60+, so I understand this is very much a personal thing. I’m only just 50 and have been training for some years, so I can handle a reasonable load (around 450-550 TSS a week for 3 on 1 off plans) but older athletes or those newer to structured training may need more recovery time (and Joe suggests maybe having 8 or 9 day weeks to help with this). All this will make designing a plan more difficult and I understand there are obvious diminishing returns…
I’d be interested to see what everyone thinks, especially from the coaches.