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Naps...love 'em or lose 'em?(7 posts)

Naps...love 'em or lose 'em?Pjkad
Jun 18, 2003 2:07 PM
Weekends are when my longer rides are done and I think I am properly hydrating and eating during multi-hour rides. I also pay attention to fill up with the right nutrition right after the end of a ride. Nevertheless, its inevitable for me that in late afternoon I need to take a nap. I don't mind it so much unless I'm not able to, because of other plans. But does my getting really tired hours after the end of a ride indicate I'm still not recovering properly, or is just part of the normal recovery. I've read that the pros are big on naps, so it looks like I'm in good company. What do you think?
re: Naps...love 'em or lose 'em?t0adman
Jun 18, 2003 3:30 PM
As a general rule, I love naps. Sleep is an important part of recovery and probably indicates a healthy response. I ride a couple of multi-day century rides every year and I often stop, refuel, and nap under a tree for an hour or so, then hop on for another 50 miles or so. I love it!
Big Yawn! 90 minutes of recharging the batteries...Asphalt Addict
Jun 18, 2003 4:08 PM
The older I have gotten (44) the more I feel the need for a nap after a killer 40 miler (my average ride). If I don't get some sleep I'm shot for the rest of the day. I'm big on recovery and very seldom get sick or burnt out. I alternate running and riding with every 5th day off.
Naps...love 'emskateparks
Jun 18, 2003 4:38 PM
repeat after me, naps is good...

Sometimes I hate to waste the time, but it is so important to my recovery, particularly after 10 minutes in the hot tub.
re: Naps...love 'em or lose 'em?MD80
Jun 18, 2003 5:56 PM
After I race I eat, shower and take a nap.
re: Naps...love 'em or lose 'em?russw19
Jun 18, 2003 6:49 PM
There's two really good old sayings in cycling about this...
1. Train hard! Rest harder!

2. (With regards to recovering from your workout) Why stand when you can sit, why sit when you can lay, why lay when you can sleep.

Go to sleep right after your rides if you can, your body will recover faster and you will actually burn fat better. If you go to sleep while your metabolism is still excited from excercise, it will actually stay slightly higher while you sleep than if you were fully calm when you went to bed. I saw that in a weighlifter's journal, and it was backed by an article about a clinical study in the Journal of American Medicine.

Russ
To sleep at night is human,PaulCL
Jun 19, 2003 5:50 AM
...to sleep during the day, divine!

Yesterday, I took a 3 hour nap. Of course, I'm feeling sick so that's my excuse. Life ain't fair! I'm leaving Saturday for Colorado and a week of cycling in the mountains. So what do I do?? I get some sort of viral infection. All I want to do is sleep. Better to have it now than next week. I'm going home today too. I had two private box seats for the reds/cubs day game today and I have to give them up so I can get well.

Sometimes, life just ain't fair.

Oh yeah..to answer the post: I love to take naps. Nothing more rejuvenating than catching 45 minutes midday. My Dad used to put his head back and nap at work after lunch. It looked kinda funny since he was in a glass office....