How do you recover after a race so that you can get back to training?
Now that the Timberman Half Ironman is complete I need to let my body recover. I want to get back to doing what I love to do, training! I need to be smart though. It is very easy to fall in the trap of adding miles back in too quickly without allowing your body to recover fully. this can lead to injury, increased fatigue, and slower race times in your next race adventure.
With The Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon less than one month away I need to get some training in. But first here are some quick and easy steps for a great race recovery:
- Make sure you take some time to walk around after the race is over to keep the blood moving through your muscles. I know I always feel better if I walk around a bit after a race.
- Take time for extra rest. It can be hard to take this time when you want to jump right back into exercise but your body needs some time off.
- If you do want to get moving it is important to get in some easy movement like walking, an easy swim, or an easy spin on your bike for short duration
- Indulge yourself. A massage will help your muscles recover.
- Refuel. Your muscles will need to rebuild and your body will need to restore its glycogen stores. Carbohydrates and protein are great for refueling.
- Foam Roll! Your muscles will thank you!
Do you have any other post race recovery tips to add? Please share them in the comments!
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