Very good article coach.
As ever with me I have a couple of questions
Compression boots are the only recovery equipment scientifically proven to aid in recovery (and adaptation!!).
Can you expand what you mean by adaptation, How and in what way? Thanks
A light walk is likely better than sitting all day with your legs up. It gets fresh blood flowing into your muscles.
If I have had a fairly hard workout/ride I finish off with a 10 mile cool down. I found this out by accident. The day after riding my legs used to feel like sausages under a grill, just about ready to burst open and quite painful. The 10 miles cool down seems to have cured all aches, pains and soreness from the legs and I am fit and ready to go the next day. I do sometimes wonder if 10 miles and 40 minutes is excessive, but I suppose whatever works.
I am wanting to train power zones 5,6,7 and read online that you should only do 2 maybe 3 of these in a week because of the stress they put on your body. What kind of recovery should I be thinking about during the rest of the week? I’d like to fit in a long endurance ride and maybe a couple of short races with 2 days off a week. Is 2 days going to be enough? Should I just do it and see how I go?
It was refreshing to read your comment about eating real foods. So many times I have heard people talk about all the supplements they have eaten or drunk and I’m sitting here thinking why don’t you just eat real food The one and only supplement I have is protein power, and I make it with milk not water.