What can we do to recover from a race or hard workout? How many times have we finished a race and ran off to do something else? Rarely do we spend much time thinking about recovery much less taking care of our body after a hard workout. Paying attention to proper recovery techniques might be the way to go from a mid-level athlete to an elite athlete. Here are some training ideas to consider after a hard paddle or workout.
6 Ways to Get Rid of Muscle Soreness After a Hard Paddling Session or Regatta
Paddling fast and nailing long runs is a key part of the training process.
However, one of the most often neglected aspects of training, especially since paddlers are almost always obsessed with pushing harder each day, is the recovery process.
Not everyone will have the time necessary to perform this routine after every hard workout. Some might be able to fit it in after regattas, others might be able to see it through once per month.
While this is the ideal recovery plan, you’re free to pick and choose what you’re able to fit in after each workout. For example, the easiest elements, hydration and refueling, should be easy to get in after every session while the ice bath is a nice treat when you have the time.
On a side note, this is what separates professional dragon boat paddlers from the rest of the pack; in addition to paddling, drills, and strength training each day, elite paddlers will often spend 1-4 hours per day on recovery!
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