@iamtedking hey ted, any chance you can do a blog on post-race recovery? Nutrition, stretching etc? Always interested to hear different ways
Sure thing ShortyHanus! To begin, I recommend checking your inner pansy at the door. You need to ensure that you really earned it and that you’re not just being a wuss by chugging back on a 400 gram protein shake because you logged a “wicked epic two hour ride yo!” If you’re going to recover, recover right.
As the saying goes, chamois time is training time. Along those lines, having a strong upper body is an often overlooked aspect of road cycling. Holding your body in place for hours on end, ferociously yanking the handlebars during a 60kph sprint, or pulling your bike off your roof rack all require the elimination of telltale cyclist noodle arms. What I’m getting at here is that when you hear someone who thinks they’re really funny and say for the seven-millionth time, “Chamois time is training time!” I hereby give you permission to test your upper body strength and punch them in the gut. That saying was funny once – when it was first uttered. Since then it just perpetuates disgustingly unnatural bacterial growth of your undercarriage. Take a shower fool!
I digress. What I’m really getting at here is that the above saying is not the applicable one. The rhythmic cycling phrase should be, Not eating time is training time. So while some people (…like all exercise physiologists, coaches, and virtually anyone who has even the slightest bit more credibility than I do) recommend coming home and immediately eating some healthy grub rich with vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and proteins in a particularly optimal ratio, I say continue your hunger bonk and don’t eat. Alternatively, take your mind off of how freakin’ hungry you are by participating in some or any of the following.
Staying limber is a necessity when you’re crunched into the unnatural position of riding a bicycle for dozens of hours each week and thousands of hours each year. You don’t want to end up hunched over like a turtle, so soon after I walk through the door I touch my toes three or four times. I also recommend between eight to ten sit-ups, one jumping-jack, followed closely by a nap. Additionally based on the paragraph two above this one, it goes without saying that this takes place after a shower, since cleanliness is the hippest thing since slap bracelets.
Now that you’re approximately two hours past workout phase, and you haven’t eaten anything, you’re obviously well bonked. In order to continue burning calories I think post-nap is a prime opportunity to crack open a book. Moreover, you will continue burning calories at the meteoric rate of 91 calories per hour while you merely skim your eyes over the pages of a book. It’s almost too easy!
LUNCH TIME! Worther’s Original Candies are unequivocally delicious and if you don’t immediately house an entire bag of those, I don’t know why you even train. That should be followed by cracking into a can of sardines accompanied by Triscuits Rosemary and Pepper flavor or flavorless rice crackers and then an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream… (or for the inside scoop – pun fully intended – go for either B&J’s Cinnamon Buns or Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. Never tried this one, but on principle I already love it. Those are two or three of iamtedking’s favorites and the term insanely good should be used in the company of these flavors).
Another nap might now be in order.
Or you can crack open that book again; at merely 1,000 calories per tub of Ben and Jerry’s, it will take you just 10-plus hours of hard reading to eliminate the ice cream you just housed! Booya.
Chances are you have a mechanic at your disposal, so this is also a good opportunity to give him your bike. Post-ride recovery isn’t just for your benefit. Nay friends, your bike needs some TLC as well. Moreover, as he lubes the chain and puts air in the tires – two tasks obviously well beyond your mechanical prowess – you can pick his brain about all the fun stories of him giving jerk-store customers a hard time back when he slaved away in the ol’ shop.
* I recommend not doing anything of the above.