KATE’S COLUMN: RECOVERY & NUTRITION

I would like to share with you some of my nutrition and recovery tips.

Even if you don’t race but just ride for fun you can keep reading because you still need to fuel your body and recover. When we train hard or race our bodies need to recover.

Here are some good steps for recovery:

STRETCH

Find a good stretch routine, like the one below, and try to do it after each ride or exercise. This helps with recovery and also prevents future injuries.

MASSAGE

Going for regular massage will keep your muscles knot free and working well. This can also help in stage races. But it’s good to have few massages before so that your body gets used to it.

FOAM ROLLER

Foam rolling on stiff areas can speed up recovery too.

SWIMMING & ICE BATHS

The water pressure from being in a pool acts like a compression garment and will help with your tired and stiff muscles. Another more extreme option is an ice bath which involves submerging the body in ice – although much less fun it is a very effective way to relieve tired muscles.

SLEEP & REST

Sleep can be tricky as some of us are mums with little children who can keep us up. If you are training hard try to fit in a nap if you can, or go to bed early. If you train hard your body needs 8hours of sleep.

Make sure to take some rest days in your training or after a hard race. If you want to get stronger you need to rest too. Otherwise you can get sick or injured.

FOOD & NUTRITION

Women need a balanced meal with at least 20g of protein after a hard or even moderate ride ideally within 30 min post the race or ride. Simple carbs are good then too as it goes faster to your muscles. This is the time if you want your banana bread or hot cross bun. But don’t forget fresh vegetables and some healthy fats too.

My favourite meal post training or race:

SUPERFOOD PROTEIN BOWL

1 cup of rolled oats,

2 tbsp of chia seeds,

1 serving of Pea Protein powder/ I use Phytopro Thrive Vanilla flavour

Mix with water and soak overnight

Add berries and spoon of tahini or almond butter and cinnamon

 

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