Say you had a hard ride in the early morning, but had another hard ride the next day. Would doing a short 45min recovery ride in the evening help you recover faster for the next day? Or would the fatigue generated not outweigh the benefits?
I spotted this on a blog that was promoting a second ride in a day when I was looking this up. See the last line:"Turns out, the real benefit in “recovery” workouts isn’t the lactate removal (which actually happens pretty rapidly whether your rest is active or not), not the increased blood flow and delivery of nutrients to the muscles, nor the expedited replenishment of muscle glycogen. So what is it?
Without delving too deeply into an explanation of IL-6 and all its characteristics, both in terms of in-exercise fatigue as well as post-exercise adaptations, suffice it to say that a proper level of fatigued exercise can have a tremendous benefit on the way your body responds to the added stress.In a nutshell, you’re not furthering or enhancing your body’s recovery but rather you’re furthering the training stress in a potentially productive manner."http://blog.trainerroad.com/training-twice-day/
SO he's saying recovery rides aren't really recovery rides. They make you more fatigued but it's still a good thing in some other way
. Which I'm thinking would be good in the long term, but bad in the short term, i.e. crap for being ready for a ride the next day?