Did a search, did not see this NY Times article posted and discussed:
Is the Exercise Cool-Down Really Necessary?
Not sure if I agree with its premise, that cool-downs are unnecessary. We've all heard of the guy dropping dead after stopping a run, a ride, etc, with no warm down. I know not all the conventional wisdom has been correct over the years (especially stretching before workouts), but why do people seem to drop dead after workouts instead of during?
Last weekend, I climbed a short hill hard, and hit 180BPM on the HRM. I stopped at the top of the hill to turn around, as space was tight. I immediately was hit with a wave of nausea. As soon as I started pedaling again, it went away. From now on, no more quick stops without a cool-down.
Thoughts? Links? Peer-reviewed studies?