Post ride recovery is extremely important especially after a very intense ride or an extended workout. There is a Glycogen window which is open for about 30 minutes post workout and if you are able to get in either a mini meal or a recovery shake like CytoSport Muscle Milk you will greatly reduce your recovery time. Normally it is hard to down something so quickly after a hard effort but if you can find something that works AMP Amplified Recovery Protein XR you will feel much better for your next days workout and you will see quicker gains during your training program.
Also remember to elevate your legs for 15-30 minutes while watching tv or reading a book. This will help you flush out some lactic acid and feel better for your next hard workout. Blood tends to go with gravity so a little bit of elevation goes a long ways. A quick tip is to either lay on the floor and put the legs up on the couch or if you have a few pillows to put your legs on this works great too. Also wear some compression tights after you take a shower compression tights work great, these go a long ways in keeping you rearing and ready to go after that big day in the saddle. They can be worn under existing clothing and are very comfortable too. These are just a few small tips that go a long ways in keeping your fitness going in the right direction.