Don't Believe the Hype
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: chicagoland area
Bikes: 1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
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recovery rides can be described as active recovery. studies show that lightly pedaling the day after hard efforts (single or consecutive events) helps you recover your power quicker than rest. people will say its the residual lactic acid, etc. i believe that with gentle message, a light ride can make you feel mentally fresh during the long season.
after a hard effort on a wednesday, intervals on thrusday we do a slow, recovery ride on fridays (called walking the bike) before the huge club ride efforts of saturday and/or sunday and again on monday.