This week's question comes from a club runner whose coach thinks that cooling down defeats the object of speed work. Our correspondent isn't so sure. Let's just say that you knew where you stood on this one, and it wasn't with the coach..."I wonder
ride fast," says podiatrist and time-trial cyclist Amol Saxena. "If hot foot strikes while you're on a ride, there isn't much you can do other than stop, take off your shoes and let your feet cool down."As usual, prevention is better than cure: Saxena
Standing Quad StretchIn standing position, bring your right foot up to your bum, holding on to your foot or ankle. Keep your thigh in line with your body. Switch legs.
When the temperature starts to dip, it's easy to become cold on a long training ride - you work up a satisfying sweat on a climb, but during a long descent your body cools down and, ever helpful, it tries to warm itself. Your muscles start to shake
that the muscle rebuilds itself and becomes stronger," says Runner's World Medical Adviser Dr Patrick Milroy. "If recovery is insufficient, you'll break down more than you build up." Recovery is vital whether you want to run the race of your life or just make
Craft Arm Warmer 3D, £25Info: craft.seSizes: XS-XXLUnlike many standard arm warmers, this pair from Craft features a variety of different fabrics placed in different positions, thereby moulding to your arm and regulating your temperature more effectively. They are thicker at the ...
WEEK ONE WEEK TWO WEEK THREE WEEK FOUR Mon SWIM Warm-up: 6 x 25m + 3 x 50m. Main: 8 x 50m Stroke Count with 30 seconds rest between efforts, then 200m continuous relaxed. Cool-down: 4 x 50m concentrating on technique
-6M at 80% max 2M warm-up, then 6 x 800m or 3 mins, with 400m jog recoveries, then 2M cool-down 5-7M easy, inc strides 2M easy, 2M fast, but not 100% Rest 60 mins mixed fartlek 8M easyWeek 2 5-6M with gradual acceleration 2M warm-up, then 5 x 1000m
, triceps pushdown), and aim for 10-15 repetitions on each. Cool down by walking for two minutes. Plan B Hit the stationary bike, stairclimber or elliptical trainer. Start with a three-minute warm-up, then increase your intensity to 70-80 per cent of your
, make sure there’s plenty of ventilation because without forward movement there’s no wind to cool you down.Sweating can be a problem, so cover any carpet which may be dripped on, and the top of your bike to stop corrosion.A fan will keep you cool. Drink
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