My question is regarding the early inflationary phase of the Big Bang. As I understand it, inflation is what gave rise to the expansion energy of the universe. Meaning, inflation gave the 'push' so to speak that set the everything moving apart. This makes sense because obviously the universe has a tremendous amount of energy behind it's expansion. However, I am confused about a certain point... If inflation is the mechanism behind the momentum of the expansion of the universe, then shouldn't the universe be expanding WAY more quickly. As I understand it, inflation was extremely rapid. So, when inflation 'shut off' what slowed down the expansion to what we observe with the Hubble flow? I realize without inflation the universe will stop doubling exponentially, but it seems something had to 'put on the brakes'. What am I missing? Thanks.