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Part of being a cyclist, unfortunately, is crashing. Here are some tips I have to recover as quick as possible and getting your legs pumping again.
1 - A good nights sleep. This often gets overlooked as an important aspect, but in my experience (and believe me, I've had my fair share of spills) is the recovery rate is much faster when you are in bed early. Your body does most of its fixing when you are sleeping, so rest up!
2 - Eat a good diet. We have all heard the saying "you are what you eat!", and when your body is in the dumpsters from a crash this is more true than ever so put down that Big Mac and eat that broccoli instead.
3 - Active recovery - Now, obviously this doesn't apply to you if you have broken both of your femurs, but everyone else listen up. The first thing you should do (after assessing yourself for serious injury) is get back on the bike if it is still ride-able. Getting on the bike will pump the blood through the muscle which aids in recovery. It's going to be painful, but extremely beneficial. Every day from hereon in you should be aiming to ride for at least 30 minutes, even if you are just on the stationary trainer, your body will thank you in the long run. If its your legs that are battered around, walking also helps prevent excess stiffness.
4 - Drink LOTS of water - Now this may sound cliché, but remember how you got told to drink lots of water? It actually helps here too. For the same reason your masseuse tells you, drinking lots of water flushes all of the toxins being produced from the crash on those damaged muscles. Aim for around 2-3 litres a day.
5 - Watch lots of motivational videos - Now this one doesn't have a direct relation to recovering from the injury, BUT, it will help you get back to your pre-crash form. I used to find it frustrating being sidelined from a crash and watching endless videos of my favourite athletes training definitely helped steer that frustration into getting into fighting fit form again when I was ready to hit the roads. At NeoPro we have a little soething called a CrashBack Guarantee. What this means is that if you crash while wearing our kit, we will give you 50% off the most recent RRP on the website. We have your back covered! Or, in Hoogerlands case (pictured), his ass!
--There are 3 things that get mainly get damaged in a crash. First thing is the body, second the noble steed, and thirdly the cycling kit--
At NeoPro we have a little something called a CrashBack Guarantee. What this means is that if you crash while wearing our kit, we will give you 50% off the most recent RRP on the website. We have your back covered! Or, in Hoogerlands case (pictured), his ass!