Suffering from post-ride tiredness? Maybe one of these tips from Cycling Weekly readers could help you (but maybe take it easy on the doughnuts and beer)
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to nominate their best method of combatting the fatigue experienced after a tough bike ride. We present a selection of answers, in association with B’Twin.
What is your best advice for combatting post-ride fatigue? Let us know in the comment box below
Having read articles in Cycling Weekly about fasting rides and priorities when you get home again, I glance at Strava, strip off cycling gear, dressing gown on, make an omelette, have hot shower, check Strava to see if I have any PBs. My wind-down is makeup on and hair done.
Peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Foam roller, stretching. Shower. Loads of beer and live football. Heavenly Sunday.
Winter recovery involves a onesie and Ugg boots for gradual warming up and being smug whilst snug!
You can combat it? I can’t remember the last time my legs didn’t ache.
Thirty-minute snooze after some food and a brew seems to work for me.
My remedy is to firstly make a lemon and ginger tea whilst eating a Wispa bar, then I run a bath with added bath salts, then I de-kit myself, soak in the bath for 15 minutes followed by a quick shower and five minutes stretching. Then a very large-portioned evening meal.
I have a coffee, some food and then take a post-ride sit-down while checking my ride on Strava. Legs normally end up numb if I check each segment.
Chocolate milkshake, marmalade on toast and 40 winks.
Protein drink, a long nap and ignoring all of the things you were supposed to do around the house.
Young kids demanding your undivided attention.
I normally find I lack energy after 40km — will a change in diet help? I find energy bars/gels have low effect.
Epsom salts in the bath while refuelling with a bacon sandwich.
Leftovers, a shower and then not allowed to rest as the kids have me for a kiddie bike ride. Also known as a recovery ride.
Shower, omelette made with anything left in the fridge, cuppa, and a chat about how epic the ride was.
Less than 60km = two pints of Heineken. More than 60km = Keema Dosa and two pints of Kingfisher.