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    How important is recovering

    After a tough/long ride, do you have to kind of let your heart rate drop while doing a little bit of easy riding, or can you just hope off the bike with your heart rate sky high and go and sit on the couch?

    Hope that makes sense.

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    i do both

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    I dont know the reason but Ive heard that you should pedal easily or at least, walk.

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    I dunno, my heart rate drops pretty fast. Assuming I'm pedaling full tilt and slam on the brakes at my destination (which I don't usually do, I usually coast in the last little bit) with a heart rate of say 160, I'll be down under 100 within a minute or two.

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    I hit the shower, eat and then sit on the couch after a ride, which ends after an all out sprint to my front door.

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    i get light headed if i stop right after a sprint. i need to soft pedal for around 30 seconds or a minute to cool down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyq
    After a tough/long ride, do you have to kind of let your heart rate drop while doing a little bit of easy riding, or can you just hope off the bike with your heart rate sky high and go and sit on the couch?

    Hope that makes sense.
    I think you want to separate your muscles from the cardio (heart & lungs) systems. For the heart/lungs, they operate based upon demand, so stress on them is highest under high work loads. As soon as you remove the demand for oxygen & bloodflow, they relax fairly quickly.

    Your muscles on the other hand, get more damaged from work load more easily and quickly. I think that's the part that you're talking about right? After doing some 100% all-out screaming sprints, you really do want to ride easily for a couple of minutes to keep the blood flowing. The on/off muscle-contractions actualy help the veins pump blood back to the heart. The extra flow helps remove lactic-acid and start on the muscle rebuilding. Stretching and massage after the workout keeps this process going for a while after you get off the bike as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyq
    After a tough/long ride, do you have to kind of let your heart rate drop while doing a little bit of easy riding, or can you just hope off the bike with your heart rate sky high and go and sit on the couch?

    Hope that makes sense.
    You should always keep riding to cool down your HR to a comfortable place before you stop.
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    Oh yeah, I stretch alot when Im done.

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