With no shortage of recovery drinks on the market, there’s no excuse not to have one in hand immediately after a ride. And remember, even lowfat chocolate milk does a body good.
Compression tights (Sugoi Piston 200 for $90 at Sugoi) provide an easy way to boost recovery.
A post-ride stretch will help loosen tired muscles; but be sure to never stretch before you have warmed up, as this may result in injury.
If you think the workout is the hard part, you obviously have never taken an ice bath–not the most pleasant method, but it’s effective
One of the perks of being a pro racer is daily massages.
As beneficial as a massage can be, they’re not always the most economically feasible. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options that are much less cost-prohibitive. An AXOM foam roller ($20 at www.optp.com) allows you to use your body weight to ‘roll’ your muscles out to get massage-like benefits. A handheld roller (Tiger Tail for $30 at www.tigertailusa.com) does the same thing, but it gives you the ability to reach places the foam roller can’t.
Getting on the bike for a leisurely spin for 45-60 minutes will increase blood flow and speed up recovery, but remember it has to be easy!
As a pro racer, Lucas Euser knows a thing or two about recovery.