Tip: The cool down

QuickTipsfeature1-300x92We go out and train and race and train but do we finish the deed? We build up “junk” in our bodies and if we don’t deal with it our performance will suffer.

This is more of a formula than a tip. After a race/hard training:

  • Ride immediately afterwards below your aerobic heart rate for 10-20% the distance of your event.
  • Consume carbs and protein within 20-30 minutes of your cool down ride described above.
  • Get out of your kit ASAP. Get a hot bath and stretch for 10-15 minutes.
  • If you do not have compression tights then do the next best thing, move next to a wall in your home and put your legs up and but flat against the wall for 15-30 minutes.
  • If you are sore any where or tight apply ice for 10-15 minutes to the region. Finally go to bed early. 8-9 and even 10 hours of sleep will give your body the time it needs to make most repairs.

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