I’ve tried outdoor recovery rides in the past but I am not sure if I was riding too hard, too long or on the wrong days.
There is a lot of information about active recovery and performing recovery rides on the internet. There is a great article here.
While following my Trainerroad Base 2 Training Plan this year and listening to the reasoning behind recovery rides and each rider’s individual recovery profile, I decided to test them again. It’s still winter here in the Czech Republic so I have been trying them on my turbo trainer.
What I’ve found:
So far I’ve found that a 30 minute recovery ride makes me feel more tired if I try a harder bike workout the following day. If however, I do a run workout on the following day, my legs feel fresher and I can run harder!
Another Trainerroad suggestion I read during one of my recovery rides, is to perform a recovery ride later in a day where you have done Vo2 max or threshold intervals. I intend to give this a try in the next few weeks to see if this makes any noticeable difference to me.
Try some of these ideas yourself and see what works for you!