Firstly, well done on your Around the Bay ride. The weather was perfect for the event.
I hope you had as good a ride as I did.
If you have been following my tips and the training program. I’ve spent quite a bit of time getting the volume, build and tapering right so that you should have finished the event feeling tired but not absolutely wrecked. I have been receiving some emails from some very happy riders that completed the event and followed our training and tips.
Here are some tips to help speed up your recovery.
Firstly, it usually takes around 48 hours for your body to respond to an event like Around the Bay so you may find today to feel the most tired. Tomorrow you should start bouncing back.
Another thing to note that it usually takes two weeks to completely recover from an event like this so you may find that you still won’t be riding very fast this coming weekend. This is normal. Just listen to your body and it will tell you when you are ready to resume back to your full training again. Should be within this two week window.
Over the next two weeks, I like to advise my clients to take it easy and just get out and ride the bike when they feel like it. No pressure. This helps the body recover as well as clear the head. So easy rides done around E1 or less than 75% of your max heart rate, preferably on flattish courses.
To help speed up the process of body repair I like to take the Hydrolyte Electrolyte drink. This is not the sports version with sugar in it but the normal electrolyte drink. You can pick this up from the chemist. This will help reduce night cramps if you are suffering these. The only other nutritional supplements I would recommend is zinc and magnesium. This helps with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Remember to continue to do your stretching or do a few yoga classes to stretch out your body.
Finally, remember to get to bed early over the next few days. This is one of the best ways to help you recover.