Dear All & Justin
Justin's question about "lactate in the legs at night and tired bloated
leg" highlights a topic that confuses many people so I thought it made
sense to reply directly to the club on this one.
Firstly, let's clarify that the soreness in your legs the next
days or hours after exercise is nothing to do with lactate. This is a
common but misguided assumption, as even after a 60 second full on
sprint with lactate levels rising to over 10-15 mmol you will find
lactate is back down to approx. 50% of this (5-7 mmol) after 30 mins
total rest without active recovery and back to near resting levels (=
sub 2 mmol) within 1-2 hours.
I think your night time issue might be quite simple Justin in that you
need to focus more on the cooldown at low intensity after workouts and
that means 10 minutes plus of easy jog walking after runs, easy
spinning after rides and gentle drills and breaststroke at the end of
your swim workouts. Then to focus on complete stretching.
Further recovery is aided using ice and even the dreaded but
immensely useful ice bath to reduce what is actually inflammation
caused by damage to the muscle fibers created when you trained.
Remember it is training that actually breaks down your body and then
the rest that allows you to recover and get fitter - so "training
rest = performance".
Lastly, many athletes train too hard all the time, even
beginners. This is a whole book itself, but in summary, if you don't
have a very strong aerobic system that produces very little lactate
during exercise then you need to be training at low intensities for
75% of your weekly volume. Many athletes produce lactate very quickly
and testing reveals that even their typical easy training days are
actually metabolically "too hard" for the individual.
So to summarize this for you.......
Train easier more frequently to build a strong aerobic engine
Include adequate active and passive recovery in to your training week
Warm-up and cool-down properly
Ice is your friend
Hope that helps