AN URGENT NEED TO UPDATE PRO CYCLING RECOVERY SCIENCE
The way I see it recovery science of Pro Cycling might need some updating when it comes to achieving deep adaptive recovery.
Imagine everyday during a Tour, (used TdF 2017 with overwhelming success) a training camp, altitude training, sleeping very good. Wake up in the morning feeling relaxed, good and not tired. Legs feeling pretty good. This is now more or less possible. Because the recovery coming, the normalisation of the vegetative system is unavoidable if one uses the method. (takes about 35min laying on a bench, not lifting a finger, nobody touching you) Everybody can learn to do this alone.
During a hard race, training or a major Tour sometimes the organism inner dynamic reaches is maximum and the organism in away starts to compensate and break down. The inner structures, the adaptive processes, the vegetative system, the homoeostasis has reached it maximum.
Over time also called Allostatic overload and if not proper transformed may later develop to unclear sickness- symptoms and performance loss, and can be quantified by measurement of disturbance in autonomous, hormonal, immunological and genetic variables:
In Pro cycling – the big 3 week races – massage on tired body can be dangerous. The massage attach on the organism can lead to disruptive peristaltic (digestions disturbance), light fever symptoms in night. Heavy tiredness and loss of mental focus next day.
Physio, massage and other invasive method can be seen as a attack on the human organism and will be fought back by the adaptive physiology.(compensated by adaptive physiology and might create unsolvable vegetative contradictions) It adds disturbance and can lay the ground for long lasting injuries and performance loss ( in some cases even lead to dysregulated maladaptive physiology) and destroy/delay the organisms own self-healing/regulation processes.
The experience of hard racing is in reality an contradiction in the vegetative system. Today’s recovery science in Pro cycling sometimes try to reduce this disturbance with training on a bike after the race, with cooling therapy etc., and sleeping. For me this is not enough.
The disturbance pattern , the contradiction in the vegetative system is possible to more or less transform, and create a normal vegetative balance with vegetative training in about 30-45 min.
The method is a incredibly powerful way of putting the homoeostasis (performance characteristic) of an organism in movement, so as to support an in depth transformation of its dynamic. Every session will gradually improve all functions of the organism. Improvement starts centrally in the organism and partly through epi genetic mechanisms spreads peripheral to all other biochemical, physiological, somatic, emotional and cognitive processes.
The recovery session provoke the homoeostasis (sympaticus/parasympaticus). Often experienced as spasm/shaking in the body. During the session the athlete might fade out a bit. Like in trance. Short after session one might feel some disorientated but deeply relaxed and re-vitalized. After about 15-20 min clearness and energy coming.
Most riders has had injuries. This injuries will be remembered by the organism usually as a small performance disturbance or instinctive fear that can reduce bio mechanical and coordination control/skills, and might lead to /seek more accidents happening. With vegetative training we can transform those structures and lift the general functionality of the organism.
NB! Massage on a Pro riders tired cold body, heat cream ( for example after cold wet stage) can lead to flu/fever, possible heart irregularity symptoms/illness. Massage – physio and other invasive methods adds overload/disturbance to adaptive physiology and should be avoided. Sometimes the organism react with flu/fever symptoms to cook out extras stress added.
The science I represent has more than 60 years experience in normalizing the vegetative system and improving breathing capacity . The method is based on an old medical/psychological tradition from Norway with long experience on improving coordination skill, breathing capacity, bio mechanic, mental focus/strength and recovery. Its called Self regulated and experience orientated vegetotherapy. SOV. In sport I call it Vegetative training. VGT.
Ive used the the method on Pro riders during altitude training, races and daily training, and Tour de France 2017.
Dear sport scientist, now its possible to make the adaptive physiology smile again.
If you are curious or want more info Im happy to answer any questions or provide more info.
Sending You good vibes here from Kiefersfelden, Bayern. Germany.
Mr. Inge Jarl Clausen
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