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14 Dec 2004

Lactic Acid
What is the most effective way of getting rid of lactic acid in your legs after a hard cycle ( training and racing )
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Mike

Just do nothing, it gets rid of itself! No, just kidding, but seriously, lactate is gone within about 30 minutes of stopping exercise. In fact, and maybe this is a first time you have heard this, lactate is one of the preferred sources of energy for the heart. So, what happens is that some of the lactate is actually used by your heart for energy. Also, the liver and the muscles are able to take lactate out of the blood and use it for energy! Lacate is therefore not the bad guy that everyone says, far from it. There was recent evidence that actually shows that if you have a fatigued muscle and you add lactate, it actually contracts better! The whole story behind lactate is difficult to get to the bottom of, and it would take a lot of time to explain, but the bottom line is that lactate is a very normal part of metabolism during exercise and without it, we would not be able to exercise at all. As soon as exercise stops, it's vital that the lactate is still there, because it is used, for useful functions. Therefore, don't worry about it, just rest up after training, make sure you replace the energy that you used, and recover in time for the next day!

Good luck
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