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    Recovery duration

    For the last 12 weeks or so I have been working up to a race that I completed last weekend that was a significant race (for me) that lasted lasted about 6.5 hours and consisted of running, stair climbing, roller blading, kayaking and riding. The race was saturday and sort of got out of the groove if you will and haven't trained at all since until today when I did a 45 minute ride.

    I think that I probably pushed the recovery time a bit too far, but I wondered what would be the appropriate recovery period for a race like that for a normal person (IE not a racer)

    Thanks,

    Terry

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    Nah... if you're not racing every weekend then do whatever you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry.mc
    For the last 12 weeks or so I have been working up to a race that I completed last weekend that was a significant race (for me) that lasted lasted about 6.5 hours and consisted of running, stair climbing, roller blading, kayaking and riding. The race was saturday and sort of got out of the groove if you will and haven't trained at all since until today when I did a 45 minute ride.

    I think that I probably pushed the recovery time a bit too far, but I wondered what would be the appropriate recovery period for a race like that for a normal person (IE not a racer)

    Thanks,

    Terry
    When you do that sort of effort, you need to get back to exercise as quickly as possible.

    But the exercise should be very light. VERY light - you're just trying to get your heart rate up and get the kinks out of your legs.

    What I find is that I'm going to suffer a given amount of muscle pain after that sort of effort. I can suffer it the day after the race (or the day after that), or 5 days later.
    Eric

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    Agree with Eric. Get back out on the faster side, but keep it light. I did a 24 hour race this weekend (did not actually ride the whole 24 hours). Tonight I will head home and hit the trainer for 30 minutes or so. I don't really want to, but I know I should. I'll keep it light, the HR will go up regardless of what I do because I'm shot now. I'll probably push it slightly a little towards the end. Then I'll eat some recovery food as if I had just gone on a big ride. I have no clue if this last step actually works or not, but it seems to help me overall.

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    Thanks guys.

    I guess next time I'll get back in the saddle a bit sooner and see how it goes.

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