The foundations for successful riding
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How important is recovery after racing on the weekend for us club racers? Usually I dont have a recovery day, next day back on the bike. This weekend after racing Sunday and Monday I've taken today off. So thats the question, how important is it we take the day off?
Important relative to what?
One won't die if one doesn't take a day off. One won't earn that multi-million prize/contract by taking a day off in the amateur rank. So the question is, what's your training objective? Further, it also very much depend on the intensity/volume of the race. Then there are those who suggests a low intensity "recovery ride" on the following day.
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There are no hard and fast rules on this, in my opinion. If you are trying to increase your training load from week-to-week then you may have to do back-to-back rides and this might be manageable for you.
On the other hand, you do not want to overdo it. If you are feeling rubbish the next day then you should probably be recovering.
Using a powermeter and tracking TSS/CTL/ATL can provide a guide for these decisions.
Depends how long and hard the race is / where you are in your training / your age and how well you recover yada yada yada.
A lot of variables...something like a Powermeter and the right software certainly tell you if you are ramping too hard or not.
This year I am going old school...not even a speedo...will just trust how I feel which I should have done more often in the last couple of years!.
40 minute crit...pfft,thats is just a bit of interval training .
I think the day off after racing for some people gives them a bit of a mental break of the bike, so it maybe more about not burning yourself out mentally, rather than physically needing a rest.
Personally, if its a really hard race, then on Monday I will do an EASY ride 1-2hr assuming I'm not too tired. If I feel wrecked the day after, I'll take the rest day and won't feel guilty about it.
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Recovery isn't important...... It's essential if you want to get better/faster.
No ifs, no buts.
It doesn't have to mean taking the next day after a race completely off but it does need to be worked into your schedule.
I'm 30 now, and have been playing sport at a high level since school. I ahve only taken up cycling this year again (did in 98" when general fitness was at a high lvl). About 3 months ago i was out 5-6 days a week with 3 hard rides and 2 recovery rides inbetween. For the last 3 weeks now though i have just been doin 3 hard training days and maybe a social grp ride on the weekend. I can tell you that i have seen a hell of a lot of improvements now compaired to 3 months ago, the musecles at growing quicker and the training rides i can push myself harder than i was as i was still in part "recovery" modes when in my training rides.
I'm also i'm a lean diet and take protein powder after each ride.
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