Ice bath

  • james716

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    May 22, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    Can anyone give advice on ice baths, a google search didn't answer these questions...

    I've been feeling a bit tight this weekend so I decided to fill the tub with cold water last night after my run. I did not use ice but it was still freakin cold... do I 'have' to use ice?

    Also, how often can I do them without lessening the benefit? I run 3x/week but I bike 6x week for 30+ miles at a time. Then whatever at the gym of course. Can I do an ice bath everyday?

    Do they really help or is there a placebo effect?
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    May 23, 2011 3:36 PM GMT
    A few weeks ago did a race and got goody bag at the end of the race
    with some sample of new products.

    Anyway one of them was a goodness shakes (recovery drink)

    So last weekend did 30km (19 miles) run.
    Tryed the drink after the run.
    The next day did not get much pain in my legs at all.

    http://www.forgoodnessshakes.com
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    May 23, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    james716 saidCan anyone give advice on ice baths, a google search didn't answer these questions...

    I've been feeling a bit tight this weekend so I decided to fill the tub with cold water last night after my run. I did not use ice but it was still freakin cold... do I 'have' to use ice?

    Also, how often can I do them without lessening the benefit? I run 3x/week but I bike 6x week for 30+ miles at a time. Then whatever at the gym of course. Can I do an ice bath everyday?

    Do they really help or is there a placebo effect?


    My friends and I use ice baths after hard long trail runs and it seems to really significantly reduce swelling. The easier way from a psychological perspective is to fill up a garbage pail with water from a hose (if you have both) and then if the water isn't cold enough throw a couple of bags of ice in and then stand in it. I find that a lot more doable than trying to sit down in a tub full of ice. Neither is fun. You can also do multiple immersions - cold - quick dry off - cold - quick dry off.

    Or if you happen to run in colder climates, jumping into a glacier river also works to numb the muscles and counter all the inflammation that would normally happen.

    Given your training schedule, I'd try to do it right after one of your really hard runs or rides.

    Good luck
  • james716

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    May 24, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    I love the garbage can idea. I'm gonna have to go get a fitting at home depot, haha. I may even try to rig something to it so I could simply use the water for the garden when finished.