Cycling 101 – Three Post-ride Training Mistakes to Avoid

 

Cyclist
Cyclist

As an attorney, Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, helps defendants navigate the legal system and protect their rights. Away from his work, Geoffrey Scovil can often be found cycling in Albuquerque and the surrounding area.

Training is important for every cyclist, but what happens after a ride can be almost as important as what occurs during it. To improve as a cyclist, avoid these three post-ride mistakes.

1. Stopping before you have cooled down. After heavy sprints, a nice cool-down period helps muscles relax and keeps lactic acid from building up. Failing to cool down can lead to injuries and impede progress.

2. Eating poorly. It is better to eat sensibly while riding than to gorge yourself immediately after a ride. If you are ravenous when you get off your bike, choose healthy carbs and lean proteins, and don’t overindulge.

3. Neglecting your bike and your kit. Promptly remove your sweaty spandex after a ride to avoid skin irritation. Similarly, wipe your bike down and remove grime collected from the road as soon as you are home. The longer your bike sits, the harder it will be to clean.

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