By Ysabel Courtois. Cycling. Published at Friday, March 29th, 2019 - 04:16:39 AM.
The hangover is also a blessing for my dad, as my booze-hindered leg and lung capacity allow him to drop me at every opportunity. Enjoy it while you can – your hangovers are at least 75 per cent more brutal at 25 than at 18, and it’s all downhill from here.
And of course you need your own go-to excuse. There’s a lot of debate around the peak-age for performance, but as a younger rider you can explain away all poor form by reminding everyone that you haven’t hit your prime yet. I tell myself daily I’ve got a few years left to hit the apex – I’m looking at my early 30s, but that is subject to change without notice.
“When you’ve really exerted yourself, you’ll have depleted your glycogen stores so a rest day is a great day to top your energy stores back up. That can take 36-48 hours if you’ve had a really demanding couple of days,” explains Matt Rowe, former professional, now part-time racer and founder of Rowe&King coaching.
When you go on holiday without a bike, in the first session back your heart rate flies through the roof as soon as you put in an effort because you’re super responsive to that intensity. At the other end of the scale, on the last day of a training camp, when you go to do some efforts, you’ll struggle to get it up.
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