Proper Recovery Elements
When you are working on improving your riding and racing, please keep in mind that it isn't all about what you do (regarding your weekly hours of training and the intensity that you train and ride at), but rather what you absorb. When your body absorbs, it gets progressively stronger and ultimately faster. Here are a few things to look at:
Sleep: your body releases hGH (human growth hormone) when you sleep, so deep, high quality sleep is imperative to maintain a low body fat percentage. Strive to get 8 hours at night and if logistically possible, 2 hour nap during the day.
Nutrition: maintain stabilized blood sugar by eating raw fruits and vegetables every 2 hours. Supplement with fish oil morning and evening and consume avocadoes and raw nuts for high quality MCT’s (medium chained triglycerides).
Soft Tissue: take time after each workout to isolate and stretch single muscles to improve your range of motion. Also implement your trigger point therapy after your evening shower.
Structure: when you are enjoying a rest day or a week of recovery, enjoy the absence of structure. Just go exercise verses “train”.
New Activity: in addition to the absence of structure, find a new activity that you have always wanted to do: paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, climbing, etc.
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