Looking for suggestions on how to recover / get back into training after a big event. This has long been a weakness of mine, and usually sees me flailing around for a few weeks unable to come anywhere near the levels / power outputs I was putting out before the event. Can’t really have that happen this time around as I’ve got my “A Race” in less than a month.
Event was an 18 hour mixed surface ride (with a bunch of hike-a-bike) on Saturday into Sunday, which I followed up with an easy 45 minute recovery ride on the trainer Sunday evening. Don’t normally manage to do that, so I’m hoping that it helps a bit. Legs feel swollen and awful today, and body is pretty damn broken (surprising how much even just having to wrestle shoddy farm gates can take it out of you!).
Current plan is to do some light weight training today (just to get some blood flow to my muscles), but could also feasibly do a gentle yoga session (not sure how well that would go as I’m very stiff). Tomorrow I’ve got a 1hr 15min (easyish) endurance session on the plan and then Wednesday a VO2max session that’s around a level easier than what I was doing a couple of weeks ago. Sadly I’m then away for 5 days, but hoping to do some endurance rides in the hotel gym to keep things ticking over.
Would be interested in what works for others. Normally I’d do very little at all in the week after the event, but that doesn’t seem to work for me… and I need to avoid setting myself back this time.