i found the discussion about climbing very interesting. as a smallie and a newbie i have been guilty of taking on the hill because with my light weight i make ground and am useless on the descent so you gave me some food for thought. the energy cost of climbing does it still apply for all weights? can some of us push a little more or are we advised to hold back somewhat and then crest and go. very interesting! My own VO2 max testing shows i have very fast heart rate recovery but just because i can return to easy breathing very quickly doesnt mean i have escaped more fatigue in the legs i am assuming.
also something that i wanted to throw to all the coaches @Coach_Ian @Coach_Flo @ELab on the discussion was about massage.
massage is good, we all enjoy it. but lately myself and garron have had two dreadful days in how we felt after a fairly vigorous sports massage. he actually had headaches and a 24 hour viral gastro thing and i had a feeling terrible day (spaced out). we both eat super well! i wondered to myself can a hard massage actually move too much (from fascia into the lymph)? or in the case of some harsh therapists create more muscle damage?
has anyone experienced this?
obviously hydration is important after a massage. i would have been on top of this.
sometimes the body needs gentle, easy not vigorous stretching and massage. altthough a hard massage may feel heroic is it smart?
personally i find a gentler massage sort of brings my mind into my body and where i need to do some releasing work myself. and brings my attention to where i am holding life stress. so i use my mind to do some work if this makes sense once i have more awareness of what the body is feeling. sometimes we think we are body aware… and body work reminds us there is always more we can do to bring recovery and release stress and tension.