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Any experts on hot water cold water therapy?

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It turns out I have access to a hot bath and ice pool via a friends house.  

Ive read a bit where it’s recommended to do 

2 mins hot the 1 min cold repeat 3 times. 

But wondering what’s it good for?

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Hot / cold / whatever feels best. I think the best use of your time is putting your feet up and relaxing. Focus on the first 99% fundamentals before worrying about the 1%'ers.

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As CEM said, also there has been a movement away from recovery modalities (cold/heat, antioxidant supplements etc) in normal training week as it probably blunts training adaptations. 
Perhaps good to use if you have back to back races over consecutive days (rare in triathlon)

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The principle behind it is that the contrasting water temperatures help open and close the blood vessels in the soft tissues which helps pump waste products and increase blood flow to carry nutrients etc etc etc. 

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Use to have the set up at AAMI park Sauna and Ice Pool when was doing Internship.  Athletes used it for recovery.  Cannot say it had any impact on recovery.  The options were 1min cold/2min Sauna x 3 or 9min cold

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I did the Nordic sauna/ freezing pool plunge in Finland at Christmas.

not sure how therapeutic it was but there certainly was some isolated and intense “reduced swelling” 

 

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