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how important is the cool down?

Old 05-19-07, 05:08 AM
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how important is the cool down?

Whenever I am finished a real hard interval or something I just want to stop pedalling all together. Specifically when I am on the trainer I really have to force myself to go easy for 10-15 minutes after a workout instead of just hoping off the bike.
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Old 05-19-07, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by riskus
Whenever I am finished a real hard interval or something I just want to stop pedalling all together. Specifically when I am on the trainer I really have to force myself to go easy for 10-15 minutes after a workout instead of just hoping off the bike.
The physical therapist I use to put me back together whenever I screw myself up insists that proper cool-downs and stretching AFTER is more important than a warmup and pre-stretch.

My routine is to just do a modest pace for the last 3-4 miles home and then stretch good during my post-ride shower.
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A good cooldown is essential to letting the lactic acid clear in your legs after a hard effort. Stretching as the previous post said is equally important if not moreso. Stretching allows your muscles to relax and be more flexible the next time you call upon them. Do both!
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