How to recover a bad ride.

by OsPeregringo   June 19, 2013  

So I commute 25miles from work to home at least three times a week with then hopefully a weekend ride away somewhere.
However, every now and again my legs don't want to play ball and feel heavy, tired and not up to climbing the hill or sprinting the flat section.
I don really have much choice to not ride so was wondering if anyone had any tips to revive or recover the ride and get back up to speed rather than just going slow in a low gear.
Thanks!

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I commute 20 miles a day, 5 days a week and there is no doubt you plateau. The only way round this is to rest or vary your workload (eg target flat sprints or short hills on your commute) and try and ride easier on one day a week (think glass pedals to ease up on the power).
Not every day is a PB day !

posted by arfa [359 posts]
19th June 2013 - 10:09

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Thanks arfa, yeah, I guess I get into "must beat last time's PB" a bit too much.
I think preparation might help too, thinking about we get chucked out at a set time each day and I don't really get time to warm up or stretch which probably doesn't help.

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posted by OsPeregringo [31 posts]
19th June 2013 - 11:05

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Assuming it is just the odd day and not a result of too much long term fatigue it can occasionally be down to not enough carbs if you have not been replenishig what you have been burning during rides. In honesty its more likely that you went a bit too much into the red a couple of days prior to your 'tired' day.
Also lack of sleep or stress can all take its toll, both in acute and chronic situations. If its just the odd day then 200mg of caffeine and a handfull of haribo will keep you going- not a long term solution though.

posted by ilovemytinbred [155 posts]
19th June 2013 - 11:33

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Rest - including sleep, as mentioned above - is vital to recovery.

If you can't skip a ride you really should make yourself spin an easy gear for a couple of days then stay off the bike over the weekend.

I know of people training who use a HRM as it's the only way to prevent their effort and heart rate going above a certain level (65 or 70% of max). You'd be surprised how hard it is keepig a lid on it!

You could try a proprietary recovery potion but they're expensive.

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posted by Simon E [1779 posts]
19th June 2013 - 18:48

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I'm on a long commute at the moment too - 13 miles or so each way. To be honest I'm finding the sore back is the worst bit at the moment - even with the warm weather and hence pretty light backpack, it hurts.
As for fatigue - a glass of milk after each leg can help a bit. Eat well during the day too. But in the end, putting in long commutes either side of a long day at work is just tiring. Take a rest day when you can, I guess.

posted by bashthebox [528 posts]
19th June 2013 - 22:56

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Try a few iron tablets (or iron rich food)

posted by SideBurn [732 posts]
20th June 2013 - 6:45

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On bad backs, do not underestimate the long term strain put on the spine by carrying even small amounts of weight in a rucksack. I have long since given up using a rucksack (use a rack instead) and my back problems largely went away - if you don't believe me speak to a physio ! Curving the spine and putting weight on it is a terrible combination !
One thing you can do to help your back is use a foam roller (it can help restore the normal spinal curve).
On nutrition, a handful of brazil nuts really help - selenium is a handy mineral to top up on

posted by arfa [359 posts]
20th June 2013 - 10:23

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hmm also with the bad back issue it could be the setup of your bike as well.
The other recommendations with recovery drinks, tablets and nuts will definitely be tried. I do have a SIS Rego which i was saving for longer rides but maybe I need a hit now and again during the week.

As the OP thanks for all the contributions and it's great to hear other people's inputs.

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posted by OsPeregringo [31 posts]
20th June 2013 - 10:50

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