When I see descriptions of training sessions there is almost always a warm-up phase, followed by e.g. a HIT unit, and finally a cool-off phase.
From my understanding, the warm-up phase would be used to warm up the muscles and prevent injuries. I assume the cool-off phase is for recovery.
Question: What would be the effect if one would do the cool-off phase 10, 30, 60, 600 min after the HIT unit (instead of doing it directly after it)?
Background: If I do an indoor cycling session at the gym I would anyway drive home or to work with a bike afterwards or in the evening (after work). So between the HIT unit and the cool-off phase I would prefer to shower and change clothes (~30 min) or go to work (8 hours). So I am thinking about skipping the cool-off phase right after the HIT unit and do it while I drive home.