|Cold water immersion|
|Aisling & Cian preparing an ice bath after the ACP 2009|
The cold water immersion was followed by a shower and for the rest of the day and the following day while traveling I wore my Skins recovery tights.
There's a lot of talk about the pros and cons of ice baths to aid recovery but I have used this routine for years and would regularly take a cold bath during the winter which is usually cold enough or during the summer I'd buy a few bags of ice from the supermarket on the way home from a long run. My recovery routine is planned well in advance and it's almost second nature at this stage. If I drive to a run location I'll have my recovery drink in the car for when I finish and will phone home so the bath is ready or if starting from home I'll prepare my recovery meal while the bath is filling.
Waking the following day I was moving quite freely although there was no denying I had run 100K the day before but apart from some slight muscle soreness I don't think I was showing any obvious signs of the distance. I was back to work on Tuesday and having recently got a pair of the new Skins A400 running tights I decided to try them for a short run on Wednesday and it was like having a new pair of legs.
*Includes reasonable amount of alcohol and went to bed before bar closed.