So, just to summarise
Sunday - Tough cycle
Tues - Tough cross country run
Wed - Cross Country race. Is that correct ?
First things first - I wouldn't do anything today. Second, how are you feeling today? If you're feeling a bit stiff and achey I'd perhaps cut down your Tuesday run a bit so you're feeling better for your race on Wednesday
I try not to do two tough sessions consequitively; if I have a hard race/training session one day, I'll have an easy one the following day. The easy one helps me recover and I don't suffer with delayed onset muscle soreness too badly.
It also helps prevent injuries. I also think that there's some good scientific research that shows that it's important to rest, because during the rest periods is when our bodies adapt to exercise.
I've read somewhere (maybe on this forum?) that exercise does NOT make us fitter, exercise only creates the potential to get fitter. It's when we rest, that's when the change takes place, and if we don't rest, we won't adapt - or adapt to the potential we could.
Get drink and protein down your neck the moment you finish. Keep drinking and soak your legs in cold water at hourly intervals.
Harry, get yourself a copy of Dr Tim Noakes 'Lore of Running' it will save you years of pointless training and racing. Most of the excellent advice people give on this forum can be found in that book.
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