Rolling down that last sweet bit of sultry singletrack, you can’t wipe the smile off your face. Four hours on the knobbies grinding up big rocky ascents with scraggy mountains in the distance, tearing down steep chutes, up and over boulders, and cutting loose bermed corners like cake. It was one helluva ride, wasn’t it? Even that ground up, bloody knee doesn’t kill the wave of euphoria after a carnival ride like that. But as the adrenaline wears away, and your knee starts to ache, you start to feel that deleterious after effect. That burny, achey, uncomfortableness is starting to take hold of your quads. Perhaps your triceps and forearms are feeling it too. You pushed your body hard, and now you’re going to pay.
Endurance training puts a ton of stress on your body. Cardiac output increases to help deliver more oxygen to the working muscles, and help clear carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste more quickly. The lungs push to increase respiratory rate to bring in more oxygen to fuel the aerobic bouts. As our different energy systems are stressed, our body produces more metabolic waste than we can efficiently remove. This leads to an increase in blood lactate and other by-products such as ammonia and bicarbonate. The increase in blood volume also leads to more fluid within the cellular space of muscles. All of this metabolic waste accumulation, plus the micro-trauma that muscles sustain during training, leads to an increase in muscle fatigue and soreness, and consequently a decrease in performance.
Active recovery like an easy bike spin helps eliminate the metabolic waste accumulated from training faster than passive recovery such as massage, but the benefits of passive recovery are better than no focused recovery at all! Research has shown subjects who engage in a passive recovery, such as intermittent compression boots, will perform 45% longer than control subjects who performed no recovery whatsoever. Muscles love stimulation, and the feel-good endorphins produced from intermittent compression boots help to decrease soreness and eliminate fatigue. The pulsing squeeze draws blood flow to the area and expedites the lymphatic system’s flushing of extra fluid and waste, also decreasing soreness and fatigue. This leads to fresh, ready to rock legs capable of ripping up terrain again tomorrow.
You train hard. You should recover harder. Elevated Legs intermittent compression boots give you freshly squeezed legs – a sweet performance enhancing cocktail. Train Empowered.