RodWatts wrote:A long ride nowadays (I'm 67) leaves me quite tired for several days afterwards.
I know it's all part of getting older but I still don't like it and to a great extent neither does my wife.
Anyone got any ideas on improving/ speeding up the recovery time?
The call of the open road is strong..
I'm older than you. What's a long ride? A long ride for me would be over 40 miles, but that would be nothing for some. I presume around Hampton is fairly flat and not like the constant ups and downs of say the High Weald.
I just accept the fact that I cannot do what I did when I was younger and I just have to plod up hills at a speed I can maintain and have gearing to suit (30" or below). I'm passed by others, but I get there in the end and I may see a lot more on the way.
. I've done more cycling since just before retiring. I don't find I need recovery time, or feel tired except for say an hour or so afterwards, but I do find that I have "more energy" on a ride if I haven't cycled far for a few days.
If you are feeling tired for days it might be worth consulting a doctor or at least as Colin says "adjusting" what you are doing; that doesn't sound right. I find I have to go at a pace I can maintain for the ride. When I arrive home (and I live on higher grounds so it's aways uphill), I don't arrive exhausted, but feel I could have ridden further.