• Fast After 50

  • How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life
  • By: Joe Friel
  • Narrated by: Douglas James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Sports & Outdoors
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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. This audiobook is skillfully narrated by Douglas James. All figures and tables referenced in the audiobook can be found in the supplementary PDF. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015 Joe Friel (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Complex, but done well

Too much fitness for most, but for those interested in top level fitness, and competitive drive, this is a very good place to start. His emphasis on what people could and should be, as opposed to what we have accepted as "normal aging" is important stuff.

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Interesting, But Difficult to Reference

Full disclaimer, I do not and will not ever race. I am a middle of the pack cycling enthusiast. I got this audio-book for a couple of reasons - I am an aging cyclist and wanted to get Joe's take on training in my mid-50's. I also have the "Cyclists Training Bible" on the top of my bookshelf next to my trainer, so I was interested in hearing more from Joe Friel.

The concepts were interesting and I appreciated the amount of research that must have gone into to putting this book together. It is a little difficult to follow any reference type book on audio, so where it really falls apart is in the production. The Chapters are just labelled by number with no reference to what the chapter is about. That makes it pretty impossible to go back and re-listen to something without a lot of guesswork. They really could have made this much more usable by taking the time to come up with some indexing for the audio.

Bottom line is that I enjoyed it, but I will go buy a hard copy.

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Very Helpful!

I really enjoyed the book and was encouraged by all the science based info it includes. Lots of practical advice on how to train. I have put it to work and am seeing results.

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Good info, jus needs 2 b updated to stay current.

Loved the wake up on information on clearing up some myths and long time widely known mistruths. But the book did contain a few of its own errors. For instance he has a chapter where he is going down the Keto path. This has been debunked. You can fuel with fat but your performance will suck because fat can't sustain like carbs can. With either carbs or fat the weight loss is equal over time because the outcome is actually due to the level of overall calorie restriction. Please update our revise as necessary.

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Good advices to train

A really good book for us who are over 50 and still enjoy training in spite of limits of advancing age.

Easy to follow advices and hints to train, even without personal coach.

I strongly recommend this book.

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  • WolfyUK
  • 03-15-21

OMG

Such an incredibly overly technical, American style repetitive guide!
Really struggled to get through this enthusiasm destroying, monotonous, brain numbing book. The author really needs to learn how to write an interesting book rather than repeating technical studies and research results.
However, I would concede that the written version is probably much better in that the accompanying tables of results and training programs would greatly help in the presentation of data!
Just extremely happy to have got to the end so I don't have to listen to the monotonous American narration. You will learn as much from a 10 minute You Tube clip than you will from this book.

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  • Linda E.
  • 02-25-21

Fascinating insight

This is a great book if your interested in the facts of the ageing athlete and how to give yourself the best chance to increase your goals in later years. I love the fact that on Audible you can listen on the go. I listened to the whole book on 3 training rides. Now I need to write down all the interesting points and make my own bible. Happy riding everyone!

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  • Art
  • 06-02-20

Good information - but could do with an edit.

This is good overview for the over 50 athlete and the accomplish PFF contains all the associated tables etc.

I think it’s likely to be something to review over time so having a copy of the book itself may be worthwhile.

This could do with a little tightening up by a good editor, but I’d still recommend anyone wanting to maintain fitness as they age listens to this.

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  • Jonathan T
  • 01-27-20

Excellent and authoritative

Very knowledgeable assessment of how to optimise performance and minimise age related decline. I find it a very useful way to tweak my training for best results.

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  • Mark R. Ariansen
  • 08-27-21

Easy to listen to and understand

Pity there book stopped 65 minutes before the end tried for 2 days tp listen to the ending.

But plenty of information in what was there