Thursday, December 1, 2016

However long a movie is I can usually almost double the time that I know I'll need to watch it. Whether I need the toilet, food, answer a call, take Jake out, or just get off track, I'm very comfortable to 'just push pause'.

I thought I'd be all 'I can jog a little' with #TeamTOAElite and pup last night. HA! Boy did I fool me! While my mind is ready to move and grove, my body begs, "Just push pause."

So I'm listening!! Most of you think, I'd be dead for weeks after an Ironman. Well, if you're properly trained you are absolutely not dead! You are actually quite alive and after a week or two of rest your body is in good shape for active recovery. That's actually the biggest difference between being properly trained, under trained, and/or over trained for a race. Recovery time between endurance becomes less because your body is adapted to get its shit together.

It's only been 4 days. Okay, I might be a little crazy...
But remember!, triathlon keeps me sane. It centers me! I neeeeeed to move!! But I'm on pause. And my next full Ironman is scheduled for August 2017. Will I wait that long? I think mom and Luca have a bet going so I'll have to decide who I want to win before making that decision ;)  ;)

In the meantime, I want to share the importance of pausing or resting and recovery after an event. Your body has just been beaten and broken down to a pulp! Rest and recovery is a large part of your training plan and probably the most ignored or forgotten. 

Rest and recovery are actually very different. 
Rest is what you're doing when you're not training. Easy to understand, it's when you're not active or when you're sleeping.
Recovery is a technique and actions taken to maximize your body’s repair. 
Recovery is multi-faceted and includes hydration, nutrition, posture and body position, heat, ice, stretching, self or professional myofascial release, stress management, compression, and time spent standing versus sitting versus lying down. More than just muscle repair, recovery involves chemical and hormonal balance, nervous system repair, and mental and emotional repair or support.

You gotta know when to push the pause button. And you gotta know that that doesn't mean lay down in bed and never get up. It just means it's time to allow your body to heal.

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