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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."
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?
On a related note.
I have a problem that if I take a day off - say Monday - after a hard weekend. By the time I ride again, say Wednesday late afternoon/evening then my legs feel tight and inactive. As if they're shut down. The next day though they're good, but I'm fatigued and can't hold power for long. SO that's two days without being in a good state, after around 48 hours recovery. One day everything's tight and shut down, then next day fatigued..
So I'm thinking maybe recovery rides can keep the legs active or stop them tightening up..
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I dont pretend to understand why but low intensity rides help but leave them till the next day or it iz just a warm down which is essentially a rixe extension.
jpanspac wrote:f there's been no research how does he know what the real benefits are or are not?
Pretty sure there has been loads of research on post ride/race recovery processes, but the problem is that the results often time tend to not be very conclusive due to variability of the study groups. While not remotely an apples-to-apples comparison, there must certainly be some physiological benefits to post race cool down, otherwise why would we see the pro's on trainers post race?
I just googled for any research or findings and there doesn't seem to be science showing any clear benefit. One article mentioned the psychological benefit of doing some slower movement after a maximal effort in order to just feel normal and comfortable. I can totally see that. I wouldn't end any training ride with my heart rate at 100% when I arrive back at my house. It seems natural to do some easy riding for the last mile or two.
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