Yesterday I competed in the inaugural 60KM Trailstoke (race report to follow soon). I had a lot of fun, put a great deal of effort into the race, then had a blast at the after-party. But just as the effort going into training and racing is important- the recovery is also key. Continue reading to draw from the following words of wisdom:
BE A TOURIST:)
The day after a race is still a relevant part of recovery. Planning ahead certainly helps a part of this process.
In most cases, you likely have a drive home the following day, just as I did. I broke up my drive with a few tourist sites. I am notoriously terrible for sitting too long in the car, especially after a race. Personally I prefer to keep my body limber and stretch out with light exercise. Casual and carefree exercise helps to flush waste from the legs. Thus, en route from Revelstoke to Canmore, I stopped at Rogers Pass to take in the sights.
I often find myself driving past places to reach the same destinations. Hence on the return trip I’ll stop in at some of those gift shops or 200m “hikes” that I rarely time the time to see otherwise. Depending on how long the drive is, I might stop two or three times along the way to prevent any stiffness to the body.
If you invest time in the training & the race-> invest time in the restoration of your body & mind!