How To

How to plan the perfect recovery

Warm down, nutrition, muscle stimulation, sleep, days off

Low-load and days off

It’s all too easy to get into such a routine that it’s hard to see the wood for the trees at times. As is the basic nature of training, progressive loading of the system followed by periods of rest to bring on adaptation, it’s important to ensure that any training program has adequate periods of low-load in order to bring on the desired effect.

Don’t overlook the importance of low-load recovery rides to refresh both body and mind

It’s common training methodology to factor in a regular recovery week, normally scheduled at the end of a progressive block of training but, remember, it’s not only the body that needs to recover. Staying mentally fresh and alert is just as important for your longterm motivation. Whilst active recovery is beneficial, low-load and volume, to keep yourself ticking over before the next block of training don’t be afraid to take a complete day off either. Sometimes it’s the best, and only, way to regain your eagerness and enthusiasm to ride.

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