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TDF Intra-Stage recovery

Old 07-14-03, 11:06 PM
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TDF Intra-Stage recovery

Does anybody know the process the TDF pros go through to recover each day to prepare for the next stage? Diet, massage, intravenous, etc. How much sleep?
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Old 07-15-03, 05:23 AM
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Lots of fluid, carbs and massage. I think the riders get as much sleep as possible. Two days after he broke his collarbone Tyler stated in his journal that he had slept for 12 hours the previous evening.

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Sleeping in O2 tents?
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I am not a racer, but I have been following the grand tours long enough to have picked up some of this stuff. Obviously, there are differences, rider to rider, team to team, but there are some universals and there are demands on a rider's time by the press, etc.

1. Recovery starts during the race. As Paul Sherwyn put it the other day, riders must eat and drink constantly during a stage, not only for that day, but for the next day and the day after. If you get behind nutritionally, it is difficult, if not impossible to really catch up.

2. Upon finishing a stage, the riders immediately start consuming a previously determined amount of protein, mineral, electrolyte and carbohydrate replacement. There is a 30-35 minute window in which the body and depleted muscles are at maximum efficiency for assimilating glycogen replacement and protein for rebuilding.

3. OFF the feet as much as possible - don't walk if you can stand still. Don't stand if you can sit. Don't sit if you can lie down.

4. Sleep as much as you can.

5. Massages are good for tired muscles, but 1 through 4 are absolute necessities.

Other things may vary, but these are pretty much universal.
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If I recall correctly USPS riders get a
baked potato sandwich immediately upon getting
off the bike.

Other than that I have'nt got a clue as to what goes
on (other than Tyler gets a few hours of massage from
Ole! )

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All riders get a massage.

When not on the bike during the tour, riders are some of the laziest people you'll ever see. Every effort is made to stay off their feet.
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Oh, if only I could be a fly on those walls....

I wonder if they need an extra pair of hands?


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