Let’s get real: being a fast cyclist or spending hours in the saddle days in a row (hello, Haute Route!) isn’t just about training and spending lots of money on light-weight components, is it?
Nope. (Well, maybe, kinda, a little…)
Knowing how to recover, what to eat afterwards (and before), as well as ensuring you’re in great condition, are just as important.
Whilst I could write thousands of words on the topic, here are some great starting points.
- How to recover from long bike rides
- How to recover from Etape du Tour
- How to recover during Haute Route
Fuelling and Nutrition
Fuelling properly is an enabler of good recovery.
- How to fuel for Etape
- Fuelling for Etape and performance
- Nutrition myths (interview with a nutritionist)
- Cyclist nutrition
- How to know if a nutrition product works
Don’t forget, too, recovering quickly is a function of general fitness.
Physical recovery and conditioning
Cycling condition is a function of fuelling, training and general condition.
This means nice limber limbs and and loose, non-knotted muscles.
Below is a little video showing how I use a foam roller and other mediaeval approaches to try to maintain muscles free of knots.