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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:39 am 
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Did this 2 years ago and at that time i was a p...y b/c i would get out asap ...it felt so cold !!! Now i started doing it for 4th night-basically i buy 3 bags of ice -here is 2.60$/bag-prob. About 4lb each .and i run the H2O In bathtub throw the bags and stay for 20-25 min. Reading news/some snacks to pass the time . So far it works Fantastic-i fell much fresher the next day +with massage it really works.Also i do this system in a large garbage bin b/c of the sensitive stuff"down there " :) when i'm in bathtub but is easier to have the water in tub. wanted to see who else is "ON" this and other tips ,etc any words of advice for long term ? Don't have a problem anymore with water being so cold -i look up to this when i go for a hard ride ! tub. wanted to see who else is "ON" this and other tips ,etc any words of advice for long term ? Don't have a problem anymore with water being so cold -i look up to this when i go for a hard ride !


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:13 am 
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I was a guinea pig for a study which looked at ice bath recovery. IIRC ~5 mins was as effective as 20min (during which my core temp dropped to almost dangerous levels).

If I can find I will link.

In the meantime I make do with cold showers and cry like baby when I do.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:24 am 
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http://www.researchgate.net/publication ... e_function

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:56 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:30 pm 
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Sometimes, after a long hard ride, I sit on the lawn and run cold water all over my legs from the garden hose.
That does seem to help recovery, but it isn't exactly "ice" cold.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:26 am 
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pfft.... bathtubs :twisted:

I went and bought a new bin from the local council so I can take it to XC enduro's. $12 worth of ice lasts about 15 hours, its the best thing for 24hr races, 5 mins every two hours of riding works wonders on the legs :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:49 pm 
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I've posted my method before:

I used ice baths extensively when I ran marathons, and my technique (which I think I got from a Division I NCAA coach) was simple...

1.) ASAP after workout, grab two or three ice trays and climb in empty tub.
2.) Run cold water and as it fills around you, dump in ice.
3.) Let the water/ice cover your legs, and then sit there for perhaps a minute or two longer.
4.) Drain tub and take hot shower (no medical purpose for hot shower- mostly just to clean off/warm up).
5.) Done!

As Tapeworm said, total ice time is only 5-10min.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:24 pm 
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Waste o time. I like my ice cubes in a glass. Drink some milk.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:06 pm 
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I found a good link to reigning World Champ and total triple Champ of IM Hawaii, Craig Alexander using it as recovery as well:

http://video.competitor.com/2011/10/tri ... -recovery/

I would love to try it out, as my thighs suffer in 4+ hrs training sessions as well, but alas no tub here, so can't really find a way to do it.

But if Craig and others use it, then I believe fully that it works.

His training day prior to this Part 4 video was: 140km TT bike in pack of 4 with steady pace, then 40km TT IM pace(42km/h, solo), then 10 x 1mile interval run, each mile below 6mins, last one at 5:16 :shock:

Its in the 3 videos prior to the one linked.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:30 pm 
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This is not new science, though cycling still seems to be lagging behind in some respects from other sports.

Over the years, our neighborhood has been populated by guys in a much larger professional sport. I have gotten them going in cycling for the off-season. It is very interesting to see how they do things. With their relatively massive budgets, they are at the cutting-edge of many technologies, especially recovery. They have used ice baths for years. In the training room, they have a series of stainless steel immersion tubs with the water at different temperatures. As an aside, they also use bikes with eddy current brakes set for massive resistance as a post-game recovery tool.


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