Now that I'm on the far side of forty, the biggest difference that I notice from my younger days is that it takes me several days to recover from a hard ride. So, I'm just thinking about ways to speed recovery... I'm now a chocolate milk drinker (after workouts), but I'm not really sure how much this is helping. So, in my quest to be able to pack in a bit more high intensity work (I want to do a couple of Cat 5 crits this summer), I am wondering whether anyone has any experience with those self-massage sticks. Do they help with speeding your recovery? They're a bit pricey for what looks like a pretty simple stick, so I would love to hear opinions before rushing out to blow money on something that may or may not work. Thanks to anyone who will relate their experiences.