My question is prompted by last Wednesday's ride. A riding partner, on the spur of the moment encouraged us to do a really tough ride. We did a 12 mile ascent, with some grades surely over 7%. Afterwards, it felt like a great accomplisment; even if the last mile, I felt my legs were starting to cramp.
But, the problem. The next day, we went on a trip for our anniversary. My wife's thing is touring chateaus, which require lots of stair climbing.
Without the encouragement of my riding partner, I would have completed a less strenous ride the day before our anniversary trip.
The next day, I must have climbed ten story towers, Twice!. My legs felt like bricks and I had a headache. I could not believe I had the energy to walk these castles as my wife wanted to do. Should you complete an unexpected hard ride, any way to recover the next day for another strenous event.
What food, vitamins, etc? I had about 7 hours sleep and still felt my legs burn.