On Wednesday I went on a 209km audax. 10.5 hours at an average rate of tempo (HRM stats) TSS 403, 45 year old male, 50% Strong headwind and 2500m elevation. Wet and between 0-5 degrees Celsius. So a good, hard ride for me.
I am interested (as I am every time I do a long, hard effort) as to why I don’t sleep well that same night. Most would say you should sleep like a baby. That’s not the case. I sleep very lightly and wake frequently. On this ride, my nutrition and hydration were bang on, so no issues there.
What’s happening hormonally, chemically, psychologically, physiologically etc?
I would appreciate your ideas as I aim to speed up my recovery which surely be suffering due to poor sleep which is generally fine the next night.
I appreciate this may not matter for multi-day events as I’ll only be snatching naps here and there.