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Do racers ice their legs after racing like ...(7 posts)

Do racers ice their legs after racing like ...Pecos
Jul 19, 2002 7:05 AM
baseball pitchers do, after a hard day of climbing? The icing of a pitchers arm helps get blood flow back to the muscle to aid in repair and recovery.
re: Do racers ice their legs after racing like ...RayBan
Jul 19, 2002 7:27 AM
I raced a 12hr mtb race a few years back, and a secret to my success as the hours rolled on was stopping every few laps to ice my legs by massaging them with a hand full of ice cubes. It really helped.
Jul 19, 2002 10:15 AM
I thought icing muscles was supposed to REDUCE blood flow, thus preventing swelling. Maybe I'm wrong. If you do want to increase the blood flow, try a little topical cayenne pepper. Just rub it on. Mixing it with oil (like olive oil) helps it stay on/absorb in.
Jul 19, 2002 10:50 AM
I think this could result in a sever chemical type burn. Especially on sensetive skin ;O)
Jul 20, 2002 5:05 PM
I don't have sensitive skin. (Sunscreen? What's that?) I was just thinking online. I don't know if it would actually help, I just know it would increase blood flow. I've actually read about several cases in which appendages were saved from frostbite by this method. Some of them even after the frostbite had done quite a bit of damage. Interesting.
Jul 19, 2002 12:12 PM
I know of several distance runners that will try to get into a cool pool or lake after real long runs, it supposed to decrease the possibility of injury, help with recovery, etc. If it works for them, why not cyclists?
TRY IT!!sctri
Jul 19, 2002 1:33 PM
As a runner and a Triathlete, i am a huge fan of the cold immersion bit. It is believed to reduce soft tissue damage and really helps rid yourself of that dead feeling (especially in your calves)

HERES what you can do, go to your bath tub, fill it as cold as you can, (ice cubes for the really tough ones...) and sit in it, for as only as humanly/reasonablly possible (not more than 15 mins) as you are sitting there, flex your muscles gently and hold that position... BE CAREFUL..


other options are cold lakes/rivers/streams to wade into

DONT STRECH DIRECTLY AFTER!!!!! your muscels feel nice and relaxed but they are COLD so many people alternate hot and cold, sort of the swedish sauna treatment for your legs...

anyways think that people should try it, and if you like it, keep doing it...


BTW.. warning for the guys, well, after all that cold, lets just say that you might not be feeling so secure with yourself.... lol