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Old 11-18-04, 09:47 PM   #1
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Taking baths after cold rides

Is it a good idea to take a hot bath after a cold/cool ride?
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Old 11-18-04, 09:58 PM   #2
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There is no reason not to. I'm presuming your core temperature was not adversely affected by the ride, and you just want to warm up? The only caveat is numbed skin is not particularly sensitive to heat, so scalding hot water won't be noticed until it's too late...

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Old 11-18-04, 10:09 PM   #3
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no, my core temp is unaffected, just wan to relax and worm up my joints after a breezy ride
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it's always a good time to jump in the whirly tub,,,one excuse is as good as another
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Old 11-23-04, 11:37 AM   #5
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I take hot/icy cold/hot alternating showers sometimes I'll alternate several times. It really gets the blood flowing and helps me acclimate to the cold outside.

Considering the polar bear club people jump into icy cold water and then into a steaming sauna I'd say not only is it alright but its preferable! And perhaps good for you health wise as well.

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Old 11-23-04, 12:07 PM   #6
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USA Cycling recommends a warm bath after a cold ride as one of the better ways to warm up the cyclist.

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Old 11-23-04, 04:13 PM   #7
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When my kids were smaller, I would stand at the bottom of the hill behind my house for 3 hours in -20 C temperatures flooding the ice rink. You get real cold just standing there with a leaking hose in your hand. We have a hot tub, a warm soak after 3 hours of freezing made whatever the hot tub cost all worthwhile!!
I haven't tried a soak after a cold bike ride (hot tub wasn't being used last winter), but plan on using it this winter for sure!!!
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How do you prevent the water in the hose from freezing before it comes out?
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It was a chore, for sure Hobbes. The hoses (I had to use 3 to get to the bottom of the hill) had to be drained and rolled up and brought into the house when I was done, so you'd always start with empty hoses.
When it's rink watering time, roll them out, set the nozzle so it's on, walk up the hill to the house, connect the hose, turn the faucet on and don't shut it off unitl you're done. Moving water doesn't freeze, you just don't give the water a chance to stop moving and freeze until it's on the ice where you want it.
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