If you experience fatigue after extended cycling rides, that is, of course, only natural. You’re supposed to feel tired after a good workout. Like any form of physical activity, of course, there comes a point where “too much of a good thing” can actually rob you of benefits. Here is some information from Medi-Dyne on how to get the most out of your workout without doing damage to your body.
Glycogen is the fuel your body uses to sustain itself during long cycling rides or any other type of strenuous workout. The longer you are active, the more your level of glycogen diminishes. If you go too long on your bike without replenishing that fuel, the more fatigued you will be. Your body will protect itself by lowering your performance level if it doesn’t receive the nourishment it needs, so make sure you keep a sports drink and a banana handy so that you can refuel.
When your ride is complete, you should feel “good fatigue,” meaning that you could possibly go on another ride once you’ve rested for a while. However, if you think there is absolutely no chance that you could get back on your bike for at least 24 hours, that’s a pretty good indication that you’ve gone too far. You may be at risk for dehydration or severe muscle aches and soreness.
We’re not recommending, of course, that you rest for an hour and then get right back on your bike and go another 20 miles. However, if you provide your body with the proper resources it needs to recover after an extended ride, there’s no reason you couldn’t get back to it a lot sooner than you may think. Once you’re done, use a recovery drink or even grab a pint of chocolate milk. It not only tastes great, it also has much-needed carbohydrates and fats.
At Medi-Dyne, we offer several products that can help train your muscles for strenuous activity such as cycling rides. We can help increase your flexibility so that your recovery time is less so that you enjoy the activities you love more. Visit our e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.