I have entered a new era. I am now living in the I-Have-Discovered-The-Magic-of-Recovery-Tights era.
In my mission to get back into shape after Baby 2, I aim to work out and/or play tennis five days a week. When I have time, I cram in a short run on the weekends. Back before life with babies, cycling was my favorite cross training activity. I could ride 30 miles without much problem. That was now three years and two babies ago. Recently, my husband got me back on my road bike. After completing a 19-mile ride, my legs were Jell-O. I could feel the ache coming on fast.
Worried about next day soreness — and even worse, second day agony — I went to my drawer of workout gear and dug to the back for my nearly forgotten pair of Skins RY400 Recovery Tights. The science behind these is pretty technical, but basically these tights use compression to deliver extra oxygen to muscles to help them recover more quickly (check out my previous entry on Skins for the nitty gritty details). When TW first brought in Skins a few years ago, I picked up some of the recovery tights because I was really sold on all the benefits, but I hadn’t used them much because I proceeded to expand the family and shelved super intense workouts.