Aftermath

Originally I had planned a whole weekend for recovery from the ride.  Funnily enough I didn’t need the weekend.  For the next few days I felt fine: a little tired, yes, but really ok.  And then suddenly, about five days after the finish, it hit me like a rock.  I was absolutely exhausted and it took me a couple of days off work and the weekend to get back to the merely tired state I had felt just after the trip.

I have no idea why this happened or even whether it is a normal thing.  Perhaps you run on adrenaline for a few days.  Or maybe it just takes your body a little while to realise that it doesn’t have to push itself so hard anymore.  I have heard it take the body two weeks to fully recover from a marathon, so goodness know how long it takes to fully recover from a 900 mile cycle.  Just don’t plan to catch up on missed chores or work when you get back because you might not be up to it.

 

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