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Ice baths
#1
I'm getting on with a turbo at the moment, really getting into the zone.

(Taken to mean wedging myself in my shed, with the stereo  on)

Post sessions I've taken to an ice bath, which leads me to ask the following.

How long should you stay in an ice bath for?
(At present it's either when my legs have gone totally numb or I've become a samurai)

Post mtb ride (away from home) can you get away with a swift application of deep freeze to sort of achieve the same thing?

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#2
At least an hour to be a real man
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#3
The little research I've read is inconclusive but usually do 10 minutes when I do do them. Also I don't think it has to be icy cold, just cold, so filling the bath up from the tap will do.
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#4
Some info:

It's clear that more research is needed before a real conclusion can be made, but so far the information that is available indicates the following:
•Cold water immersion after a hard workout won't hurt and may, in fact, help recovery.
•Alternating Cold water and warm water baths (contract water therapy) may also help athletes recover.
•Ice baths are not necessary; cold water baths (24 degrees Celsius) are as good and perhaps better, than ice baths.
•Active recovery may be as good as cold water immersion for exercise recovery.
•Passive recovery is not an effective way to recover.
•Hot baths after hard exercise may decrease recovery time.

Cold Water Therapy - How to Do It
Cold Water Immersion
If you are going to try cool or cold water immersion after exercise, don't overdo it. Ten minutes immersed in 15 degree Celsius water should be enough time to get the benefit and avoid the risks. Because cold can make muscles tense and stiff, it's a good idea to fully warm up about 30 to 60 minutes later with a warm shower or a hot drink.

Contrast Water Therapy (Hot-Cold Bath)
If you prefer alternating hot and cold baths, the most common method includes one minute in a cold tub (10-15 degrees Celsius) and two minutes a hot tub (about 37-40 degrees Celsius), repeated about 3 times.

Whether the science supports the ice bath theory or not, many athletes swear that an ice bath after intense training helps them recover faster, prevent injury and just feel better.


I looked into this a bit after watching Eddie Izzard suffer them & there's a lot of support for it, but no real evidence just yet.
I do use a cold water plunge after a particulary tough ride or TT session, but not often TBH, never ice, just too much bother without a support team.
I tried the hot-cold stuff once, but couldn't bring myself to get out of the hot tub once I was in there 8)

If you're using ice - well done ;D
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#5
Just back from a ride and will be having a swift hot shower followed by active recovery aka work....   sod going in a cold bath right now. ??)
Mei securis turpe meus vox<br />            
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#6
Perhaps ice bath is not spot on, just cold.

It seems to work,  judging by doing the same session a week apart but no cold bath, the end result being me hobbling about like an older man.

Cold bath it is then, hopefully post exams the tt sessions will have helped a bit, we shall see!
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#7
&quot;Mbnut&quot; Wrote:Just back from a ride and will be having a swift hot shower followed by active recovery aka work....   sod going in a cold bath right now. ??)

Will you then swipe my KOM by 3 seconds? Im waiting.... Wink

My old old gym had a cold plunge pool. I cant remember if I recovered from a workout better but I certainly felt more alert afterwards.
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#8
&quot;Blackers&quot; Wrote:My old old gym had a cold plunge pool. I cant remember if I recovered from a workout better but I certainly felt more alert afterwards.

I stayed in a hotel once that had a cold plunge pool right outside the sauna.
Might have used it intentionally if I of seen it.
I wasn't impressed but I'm told it was an excellent spectator sport Big Grin
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&quot;Tinc&quot; Wrote:I stayed in a hotel once that had a cold plunge pool right outside the sauna.
Might have used it intentionally if I of seen it.
I wasn't impressed but I'm told it was an excellent spectator sport Big Grin

Lol, did you jump strait in without the big toe test? I bet you did a good impression of a balistic missile Big Grin
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#10
&quot;Blackers&quot; Wrote:Will you then swipe my KOM by 3 seconds? Im waiting.... Wink

My old old gym had a cold plunge pool. I cant remember if I recovered from a workout better but I certainly felt more alert afterwards.

Damm my skim reading, I initially read cold plunge as clunge, sigh
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