Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life (Paperback)
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Fast After 50 is for every endurance athlete who wants to stay fast for years to come.
For runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and cross-country skiers, getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower. Drawing from the most current research on aging and sports performance, Joe Friel--America’s leading endurance sports coach--shows how athletes can race strong and stay healthy well past age 50.
In his groundbreaking book Fast After 50, Friel offers a smart approach for athletes to ward off the effects of age. Friel shows athletes how to extend their racing careers for decades--and race to win.
Fast After 50 presents guidelines for high-intensity workouts, focused strength training, recovery, crosstraining, and nutrition for high performance:
- How the body’s response to training changes with age, how to adapt your training plan, and how to avoid overtraining
- How to shed body fat and regain muscle density
- How to create a progressive plan for training, rest, recovery, and competition
- Workout guidelines, field tests, and intensity measurement
In Fast After 50, Joe Friel shows athletes that age is just a number--and race results are the only numbers that count.
With contributions from: Mark Allen, Gale Bernhardt, Amby Burfoot, Dr. Larry Creswell, John Howard, Dr. Tim Noakes, Ned Overend, Dr. John Post, Dr. Andrew Pruitt, and Lisa Rainsberger.
About the Author
With a masters degree in exercise science, Joe Friel was a marathoner and running coach throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. After his first triathlon in 1983 and falling in love with the sport he began coaching multisport athletes becoming one of the first triathlon coaches in the country. The following year he opened a triathlon store in Ft. Collins, Colorado—probably the first in the world. Throughout the 1980s his race management company organized several triathlons in Colorado. He left retail and race management in 1987 to focus on coaching. The athletes he coached for over 30 years ranged from novice to high-performance amateur to professional to Olympian. In 1997, he was a founding member of the USA Triathlon Coaches Association. He served as co-chair in 1999-2000. In 2000, he attended the Sydney Olympics to assist with team preparation. The following year he was the coach of team USA for the World Triathlon Championships. Throughout the 2000s he was a frequent speaker at USAT coach seminars. He wrote 17 books on training, the most notable being The Triathlete’s Training Bible, which is now in its 5th edition and translated into 15 languages. It remains the best-selling book in the world on triathlon training. In 1999, he co-founded TrainingPeaks, online training software for endurance athletes. As an athlete he competed in hundreds of events including national and world championships, was an All-American Age Group Triathlete several times and a USAT-regional multisport champion. He stopped competing after a bike crash in 2014 restricted range of shoulder movement. He continues to present at triathlon camps and clinics for triathletes and coaches around the world. Joe currently lives and trains in the mountains of northern Arizona and is working on his 18th book—this one for coaches.
"Joe Friel is arguably the most experienced personal cycling coach in the U.S.”
— Bicycling magazine
“Fast After 50 is the best of this year’s batch of practical books on science and performance. A great overview of the science of endurance training for anyone, but particularly focused on how to adapt as you get older. Solid advice, clearly presented.”
— Runnerâ€™s World
“One of the most trusted coaches in triathlon.”
— LAVA magazine
“Joe Friel is one of the world’s foremost experts on endurance sports. You can, in fact, be fast after 50.”
— Outside magazine
“Read Fast After 50 to learn more about the effects of aging on athletic performance and how you can be a competitive endurance athlete as you get older.”
— Triathlete magazine
“To say that Joe Friel knows a thing or two about how to ride a bicycle and stay fast would be a severe understatement…And with his firsthand knowledge as a 50-plus athlete, he has published Fast After 50 which continues to be a boon for the many cyclists looking to stay fit as they age.”
— Road Bike Action
“For those who are accepting that growing older means slower and less, Fast After 50 might change your mindset and give you a new lease on life…The book offers a smart approach to warding off the effects of age. It contains much that will put your mind at rest and much more than will inspire you to work out with more vigor and confidence.”
— Athletics Weekly
“Athletes bent on defying the aging process will want to get their hands on Joe Friel’s Fast After 50…Friel’s book is jam-packed with sound advice that would benefit younger athletes as well…Fast After 50 is a gold mine of accessible info for all athletes and possibly the newest bible for the aging athlete.”
— Canadian Running
“Cyclists set on defying the aging process will want to get their hands on Joe Friel’s Fast After 50.”
— Canadian Cycling magazine
“The aging process is something none of us can avoid, but with the help of Joe Friel and his book Fast After 50 we might be able to fight off the degeneration or at least understand the process.”