You feel the lactic acid buildup from anaerobic metabolism. Not much you can do unless you feel like taking an ice bath like the pros, or coming home and riding the bike right after a game. I just ride the next night for 1/2 hr and get the heartrate up to flush the LA out of my legs.
It's been working for the last 2 years. I'm 39 now so I feel the effects much longer than I used to. I've taken up more agressive midweek training during the season to keep my body up to the task. As the previous poster said, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Yeah, the day after is much worse. If I play in the morning though, I'll start to lock up later that day/evening but the true soreness is the next day. I try to stretch and stay hydrated as best I can too.
If it was a few months since your last skate, you're probably also sore from using muscles that you don't normally use - or using them differently at least. You don't stress the same muscles the same way riding a bike or running or working out as you do when you are skating.
Avoid the soreness you're talking about by easing your way back into skating condition, or don't take so much time off. It's natural you're sore after a "mega" workout, you haven't done anything for months. All it takes is a few weeks without doing anything to feel like that.
I usually feel fine directly after a game, but if I'm going to feel tired or drained, it doesn't seem to happen until the following day. Does anyone else experience this?
I did a mega workout after a game yesterday after a few months away from skating. I got through the game (and then the workout) fine, but I feel bad today, even though I got through the gym okay.
Well if it matters any I am 41 and no longer play back to back days because I feel not so fresh in the legs the next day. Sometimes I can play though the day after but most of the time not.
I'm not sore though so I do not know what would cause that with your issue you reported. I don't feel tired or drained the next day so I cannot comment on that aspect of what you have an issue with either. My legs just feel not so fresh .... it is hard to explain. They feel like they have not recovered yet from the previous night's skate .... that describes it best.
Probably not enough water would be my guess as others have mentioned for your issue. I drink lots of water all day pretty much and it helps a lot.
I'm not a doctor and I do not pretend to know what is causing your issues.
This is always happened to me when I didn't hit the ice for a week or so. Even mid-season when I was in pretty good shape. I'd usually start feeling it by the time I went to bed. I always just thought it was normal.