After the Race: The Short Road to Recovery

A previous blog post was about pre-race rituals. You know, eating specific foods, wearing specific clothes, etc. This time, we’ll talk about post race rituals.

On Sunday, I did the Camarillo Duathlon. For any readers in Southern California, you know that we are going through a pretty miserable heat wave, so racing is probably the last thing on everyone’s mind.  Truth be told, I wasn’t looking forward to running in the heat, but I wasn’t about to waste the money I spent on my entry fee, so I did it anyway.

Anyway, long story short, race was fun. But now what? What do you do after you cross the finish line and get your finisher’s medal and eat your free bananas and pretzels?

If you’re like me, you probably check to see if your time is posted. OK, let’s face it, I know we all do it. We want to make sure we were faster than that one person we picked out at the beginning of the race to be faster than, or we want to make sure we didn’t end up in last place in our division, or we want to see if our time was better than our initial estimates.

OK, so you saw that you were faster than the other guy, you were in the middle of the pack, and you were 10 minutes faster than you thought you would be. Now what?

If you’re like me, you get a massage. Also, if you’re like me, you’re extremely lucky, and have entered a race that offers free post-race massages. The entire massage was spentpampering my poor, aching calves. Unfortunately, two days later, my poor, aching quads are still bugging me.

OK, you’ve had your massage. Now what?

Now it’s time to eat and drink. But eat what? Drink what?

You just finished a race! Eat/drink whatever you want! You deserve it! Personally, a burger and a “hoppy post-ride recovery beverage” hit the spot after a good race.

Then I’ll take a nap. Because naps are awesome.

What about you? What do you find yourself doing after your races, or a particularly grueling swim/ride/run? Which brand of “hoppy post-ride recovery beverage” do you prefer?

PS: If you do enjoy “hoppy post-ride recovery beverages” please be over 21 and enjoy responsibly.


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2 Responses to After the Race: The Short Road to Recovery

  1. Gina says:

    It was so hot! I did an Olympic tri in Sacramento in 100+ degrees… I’m glad just to have survived! You can bet I enjoyed a hoppy post-ride recovery beverage. 🙂

  2. bgddyjim says:

    Ha, almost the same as you – minus the hops 🙂

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