By Nigel Wynn
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.