A loaded question often asked returning from a super long endurance race.
It’s personal ,no book, no google search truly has the answer…
Personally you’ll know when the time is right. A few things that will really help speed up recovery is an anti inflammatory protocol straight after the race and for a few days following that.. flushing the toxins and replenishing the depleted cells of glycogen & those important fats… yip fats that super fuel.
Hot cold treatments ,get into the sea salt waters a wonderful recovery aid – grab a few regular rub outs “not a big fan of deep tissue massage” – hydrations
Critical and drink on thirst only, have a balanced approach to those needy treats, you’ll go mad if you don’t reward yourself.
Do things you don’t often get a chance to do, spend more valuable time with family friends etc…
For me recovery from race around Ireland was – 7days of nothing, nada not a tap & I needed it ….listen to your body and more importantly for me my mind.. even though the body felt good enough after 3/4 days the mind just couldn’t look at the bike, I just hadn’t the motivation to sling that leg over the bar. You must be right upstairs to start back , why bother your fighting a loosing battle if the heads not in the game.. time away makes for a better day not a long delay.
First day back i aim for a recovery 1hr ride – second 1.5hr and by day 4/5 2hrs and then build it back to my regular weekly routine… maintance – motivation – mind management.
Your supply of craft beers are depleted.
There’s not a drop of red wine to be got.
The shop keeper raises his eyebrow as you buy your 10th tub of Ben & Jerry “that week”
The kids lunch box treats are raided & finally your waste belt needs a extra loosing.
Then It’s time…..
34days and counting the voodoo performance team saddle up to take on our next global endurance race… will announce it soon.
Hope this helps others
Global endurance team