It’s all about Recovery
January 9, 2012 · Print This Article
Having been in the track and field business for many years and being a seasoned thrower I’ve learned that sports is about recovery. If you want to preform at your best you have to be able to recover. A key factor for my longevity in discus throwing has been focusing on recovery. In looking up the definition of recovery I found, 1. The act, process, duration, or an instance of recovering. 2. A return to a normal condition. 3. Something gained or restored in recovering.
Like a fine wine, I like getting better with age! And that has been possible by trying to find ways to recover better every year. In college I started with Sleep, making sure I was getting a good night’s rest. Then I learned about Icing and putting ice on a sore muscle after a workout. I spent one whole summer doing yoga to maitain Flexibility. After competing in 3 Olympic games and working on number four, I’ve stepped up my recovery game.
Some things I do daily to help my body train at this level. Staying Hydrated, I drink a gallon of water a day and I like to treat myself to an occasional coconut water. Nutrition, I continue to make dietary changes every year, but since focsuing on whole foods, organic foods and eating seasonal I feel way better than when I ate fastfood all the time. A focused Warmup and Cool down, making sure I am ready to go before training and stretching really well after. I used to get in the car and go straight home, talk about stiff, not anymore. I’ve added in more Sports Massage over the years, I try to get treatment once or twice a week now. My newest addition this year has been the NormaTec MVP system I first learned about it at World Championships and then I got to use it again at the Pan Am Games. My legs and arms felt so much better that when I got home, I got a set.
The definition says to return to a normal condition, I want a Better Condition!! #makeitcount London 2012