I think I’ll take a page out of some guys book (can’t remember his name) that talks about how older
athletes people who exercise, tend to trade intensity for endurance, and how this is the wrong approach. He goes on to say that recovery is the hard part as we age, and endurance type training takes a LOT out of us. Instead, we should be focusing on intensity (massive paraphrasing).
My body completely agrees! Since I’m turning 48 in less than 2 weeks, I think I’ll start doing mostly hills on shorter 30-45 minutes rides, and save the long rides for the weekly group rides (going on hiatis soon) and charity events/vacation rides. I’ve just had far too many nagging injuries over the last 4 months to be wearing out any more joints! I just have to figure out how to keep the intensity up when using the trainer over the winter.
One of my favourite (that’s how Canadians spell it!) hills is on a VERY narrow roadway, so scary that there’s a portion that I will only do on the sidewalk. But the hill is nice and steep and goes on for several miles. My city started constructing a multi-use path beside the road a couple of months ago, and it should be ready to go in a week or so. Can’t wait to ride it!