5 Ways To Stop Aching After A Mountain Bike Ride


This week I've had the worst DOMs (Delayed Onset of Muscular Soreness)
that I've had in years.

​​​​​​​I trained a new, tough leg session on Tuesday.
100 rep leg extensions 
Dropsets 
Leg presses

Deadlifts
All the fun stuff.

I was fairly sore and week on Wednesday morning, but then 
​​​​​​​I went riding with KTM on Wednesday. The ride was 50% thick
mud, so very intensive on the legs as you'll know. They'd had enough 
​​​​​​​by the end of the ride.
They got SORE in the evening. To the point Sophie couldn't 
touch my legs. I woke up 4 times in the night in pain with 
them...and I hobbled around all day yesterday.
Fun! 

​​​​​​​Secretly, I love it. It's a great feeling to know you have really 
​​​​​​​pushed yourself to the max. 

But, not so good when you want to ride.

So, what are a few ways you can decrease DOMs after
a hard ride or workout (or both)? 
- Move as much as you can. The more you move around the 
more they'll loosen off and ease up.
- Have a Magnesium Bath. Baths are great...but the recovery benefits 
​​​​​​​are even better if you add Magnesium Salts to the bath!
- Do a very light ride. It will hurt at first, but doing a very 
​​​​​​​gentle spin will help ease the legs up and get the blood flowing.
​​​​​​​- Hot and cold alternation. Alternating between a cold shower and 
sauna/steam room is awesome for loosening the legs off.
- Stretch. A little yoga, or the daily stretches from my MTB Programme
are great when you are stiff and sore. Spending a little time stretching 
​​​​​​​will really help them ease up
​​​​​​​Now, none of those will get rid of bad DOMs, but they can really help.
Now...go ride this weekend and get sore legs! 

Matt Mooney