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Active Recovery

August 02, 2019

Active Recovery

"It doesn't matter how much you are training, how well planned/structured/executed your training is, if you are not getting quality sleep, forget about it."

by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching

In February, I wrote a blog post called Training to Train and in it, I disclosed that I had signed up for a bike race-Steamboat Gravel (SBT GRVL), a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads. Now 3.5 weeks out from race day, I thought it would be fun and interesting to blog every day leading up to the race. I will blog about the specifics of my training, my preparation, my headspace, etc. All the things that lead up to race day that not everyone gets to see or understand. 

25 days to go - Thursday, July 25th

After the Lickskillet ride, my legs hurt so badly that I took Ibuprofen before bed. The research on taking “vitamin I” as a recovery tool is not good and it’s not something I make a habit of doing. But, for me, Ibuprofen works. Laying in bed with aching legs and low back does not make for good sleeping and sleep is the #1 most important tool for recovery. It doesn’t matter how much you are training, how well planned/structured/executed your training is, if you are not getting quality sleep, forget about it. You’ll never reach your fitness potential. For me, when I take Ibuprofen, I sleep hard and I wake up feeling so much better.

That being said, even though I felt better, I was in need of a recovery day (mentally and physically). My in-laws are visiting from Florida and they wanted to ride mountain bikes. We got them bikes from Tin Shed and off we went. It was super fun. I have no idea how long we were (maybe 75min?) out there or what our ride time was but it was fun to be outside, move the body, and be with family. I felt my legs on every little uphill so today was perfect to promote recovery and not add any extra fatigue.

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ABOUT ALISON POWERS

Alison Powers

Alison Powers only recently retired from cycling, finishing her final season on the UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team. Her career has spanned a wide array of wins, including the 2013 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship where she won in memorable fashion by soloing after an early breakaway that obliterated the pro women’s peloton. Other standout results during the 33-year-old’s 2013 season include the win at Redlands Bicycle Classic, second at the Tour of Elk Grove, third at the US National Road Championship and the US National Time Trial Championship, and stage wins at Cascade Classic, Tulsa Tough, Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Hailing from Fraser, Colorado, Powers has been racing bikes professionally for eight years and is a true athlete with her career beginning as a teenager in mountain bike racing. In her mid 20s, she added in alpine ski racing before switching over to the road. In addition to being the current Criterium National Champion, Powers has two other national championships (Time Trial, Team Pursuit) and 2 NRC titles (2009, 2013).

 

About ALP Cycles Coaching

ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 4 coaches, Alison Powers, Shawn Heidgen, Jennifer Triplett, and Patricia Schwager who each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Visit them online at http://alpcyclescoach




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