A very hard stage, but afterwards laughing and still pedaling 😅 ! Why do we ride a trainer after five-hours of racing?
Besides “cooling down,” my coach, Dr. Iñigo San Millán (who was one of the first to introduce these cool downs after races to help us feel better) found in his research that cooling down accelerates the process of lactate clearance, re-distributing lactate throughout the body to be reabsorbed so it can be used for fuel again.
More importantly, he learned that trainer exercise can help improve cancer patient’s health, and for type 2 diabetes patients, it can lower their blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Research also shows cardio exercise can even reverse pre-diabetic conditions.
Dose-Response Effects of Exercise on Glucose-Lowering Medications for Type 2 Diabetes: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial
Mayo Clin Proc. 2020 Mar;95(3):488-503. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2019.09.005. Epub 2020 Jan 30
Blood lactate clearance after maximal exercise depends on active recovery intensity
J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2014 Jun;54(3):271-8.