I know I recently posted a tip on rest and recovery, but a tip I remembered on the subject may prove very helpful. After completing long or very hard blocks of training or even very stressful races. Think multiple crits in a day, stage races, or even ultra distance events. Not only do you need to take time down immediately you need to act like a “germaphobe”! Seriously wash your hands twice as often, stay away from crowds and do not, I repeat do not eat or drink after anyone. Why? Your immune system has been compromised. While we as cyclists are a very healthy lot we punish our bodies completely when we race and train and if we aren’t careful we become targets for bugs and viruses.