Congratulations for reaching the finish line of the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona. And, every training session, preparatory race and personal sacrifices devoted to this one magical race will culminate as you run those last meters down Ali Drive toward the finish stage. It is a moment you will never forget. Mike Reilly will call out your name and announce you an Ironman, leis will be hung around your neck, a bottle of water placed in your hand and you’ll be sent off to either medical (let’s hope not) or to collect your finishers medal and picture and reunited with your loved ones. [Read more…]
A few days ago, I had a massage and was told I need to relax and allow my muscles to let go. She said, “your muscles are always engaged, even as you lie here you are still tense.” Confused, I replied, “I am relaxed, I just had an hour massage, this is as good as it gets.” The massage therapist suggested more restorative yoga and meditation – to signal my muscles and body to fully relax. If I could somehow achieve this, I’d be a better athlete. This lady had just met me one hour prior but seemed to possess magic powers of looking past the facade and seeing who I really am. Or did my body tell her all of this as I lay there soaking in this amazing hour? Or is she just that good? At any rate, she nailed it, I don’t know how to relax – it’s hard for me. But, I am determined to learn.
Time crunched? Eat, sleep and rejuvenate on the fly with these time-saving tips.
Triathletes are busy, goal-driven people. Not only do we juggle training for three sports, many of us hold down full-time jobs while trying to spend time with our families, among other activities.
What’s the secret to getting fitter, stronger and avoiding injury among all this activity? It lies in finding a balance between stress and rest. Physical training provides the necessary stress that allows for critical adaptive response, or fitness gains, to take place. But this adaptation can only occur in our rest phases—the time in between workouts.
Let’s face it: triathletes are busy, Type A, goal-driven people. Not only do we juggle training for three sports, many of us hold full time jobs, have families, attend school, and more.
The secret to successful training (getting fitter, getting stronger, and avoiding injury) is finding a balance between stress and rest. Physical training provides the applied stress to allow for critical adaptive response. This adaptation occurs in our “off” or rest phase, the time in between our workouts.
Therefore, in order to improve, you must consider your recovery as equally important to training – in fact, it is simply an extension of training.
While there are numerous expensive and time-consuming recovery methods, only a handful are effective, cost sensitive, and realistic for the busy triathlete. Here are my top three suggestions to incorporate into hectic lives.