Programme adjustments for age
I don't think I've seen this discussed here - apologies if it has been - but as far as I'm aware, there's no way of adjusting your training programmes to take account of age and I'm after some pointers.
Clearly as you get older, even if you retain a relatively high fitness level, your body does change and, in particular, recovery isn't as good for someone, say, in their 50s as it would have been 30 years earlier. No prizes for guessing which end of the spectrum I fall. I also appreciate that this is going to vary with individuals, but in very general terms, your cookie cutter plans don't take any account of age-related recovery differences, so while a younger athlete might be able to sustain two or three relatively hard consecutive training days, an older rider might struggle.
I'm wondering what the best way to tackle this is. Would it make sense to substitute an easier session instead of a consecutive hard day for example, one targeting a different part of your fitness? Or to dial back intensity or even duration on a second hard session. Or simply to substitute an endurance session or even a recovery one? Or to play it by ear depending on how well recovered you feel / if HRV levels indicate.
I know it's not an exact science, but any general pointers would be appreciated. Any thoughts?