Recovery notes #2

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I monitored my recovery closely last week, following the Princes Risborough sportive. I didn’t want to make the same mistakes as before, so instead of jumping straight back on the hack to commute into work, I took Monday off, then took things very light on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. By Thursday I felt like I was back to full strength.

Lots of training guides prescribe ‘active recovery’ after big efforts, i.e. light spinning to improve blood flow, reduce muscle soreness and speed up recovery. From experience though this really does need to be very light. 70% of max HR tops. Any more and you just increase your fatigue. Personally, my current commute is too unpredictable / hilly to be reliable recovery riding.

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