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    Recovery after race

    Just did my 2 6hr race i am haveing a hard time with recovery i am 58 years old . what do you do the first week after a long race

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    Grip it and rip it.
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    Try and get a sports massage if you have the time and money for it. Painful but helps a lot the next day. Or use a foam roller, roll your legs and stretch.
    Sometimes I like a cold bath for a few minutes but Ive only ever done that the night of the race.
    Eat and drink lots too.

    Lie with legs elevated for a few mins a day if you can.
    "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional"

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    Ride. After the High Cascades 100 last month, we rode Mrazek the next day, then Ape Canyon up to Windy Ridge (Mt. St. Helen's) the day after. I really feel the best thing is getting the crap moving out of your legs.

    Whiskey is my yoga.

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    I have personally always had good luck with eating strawberries after a hard effort. This coupled with EAS Myoplex drink, and alot of fluids (gatorade, water, etc) seem to keep me going with no problem. Part of it also has to do with your age, and you cant really do anything about that except rest! I also agree with the riding. A light ride will work wonders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29 bike View Post
    Just did my 2 6hr race i am haveing a hard time with recovery i am 58 years old . what do you do the first week after a long race
    First cool down.....gentle pedal for a few minutes....while hydrating (not cold water)

    Then the cold water plunge....stand in a river for 3 to 5 minutes....still hydrating (not cold water)...

    Then the stretch out phase...gentle stretching routine....

    Then the fill up the spent glycogen....

    Then relax and let the mind go....

    Then sleep.

    So cool down and stretch and hydrate in the first 20 minutes.

    The eat within 2 hours...

    Then relax and rest....

    Oh yeah and ice down any sore swollen or inflamed parts while relaxing....

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