LindsayC wrote:I am searching for the best tips on how to recover between back to back days of cycling so that I accumulate as little muscle fatigue/joint & tendon pain as possible...
This works for me and I tour unsupported with 4 panniers and a trailer on and off road.
1. Don't do stretching to warm up. Ride for 20 minutes in two gears lower. Same applies at the end of the day, before stopping.
2. Take a stop once every hour, at least 5 minutes.
3. Keep well hydrated, usually with water.
4. Eat 4 regular meals a day.
5. Avoid junk food.
6. Even if you can ride up the hill, sometimes, it helps the muscles to do something different by pushing up the hill. I can ride up a steep hill at 5.2 kms/h, yet can walk at 5.8 kms/h. It stretches different muscles, and saves wasting a good flat or downhill to do the different exercise.
7. Depending on your age, keep ankles, and knee caps warm, and out of cold winds.
8. Pay special attention to your hands and arms. Many days on the road will leave you with dead fingers. (My current problem even with precautions).
9. DON'T get on the alcohol each night if riding the next day.
10. Carry Magnesium Phospate tablets if extremely hot, and sweating a lot, or suffering from bad cramps.
11. Many people will disagree with this, but several people I know agree - Emergency cramp fix. Smoke 1 cigarette. It works, don't know why, leaves you a bit dizzy tho.
12. Don't stop pedalling down hills as the cool breeze can make your legs cold. Keep pedalling lightly, so they stay warmed up.
12 1/2 Dress in layers, don't get too cold, or overheat.