Lepp 2.0 – Day 6 – Sweet Recovery

Posted: May 2, 2011 in General

During most of the season, recovery from races is on Mondays, and when you see how Mondays go, you will see how that is difficult to do. Since we raced on Saturday night, despite getting home at 2 in the morning, Sunday is not a day of recreation for me, but a day of recovery and restoration. I believe that the person who recovers most effectively from periods of high intensity (hard days at work, heavy training sessions and periods of high stress whether predictable or otherwise), will lead more healthy, productive and energy charged lives. Recovery does not happen by accident. It must be planned for just as prudently as training. There are many techniques that will promote recovery, but most people do not allow for it. The “racer” mentality actually discourages it.

One of the primary benefits of performance enhancing drugs is to shorten recovery cycles and allow more high intensity training to be performed. Have you noticed that many athletes that were suspected PED users had their careers shortened? Our bodies can only take so much. PED’s are not just abused by athletes. I know some business people and some stay at home moms who take their children’s ADD medicine, some actually get their personal physicians to prescribe it for them. They love the “boost” and the energy they get from this acceptable “speed”. They “perform” better.  Ultimately, the body will fail. You can’t cheat recovery and restoration. Never.

Race days are extremely stressful, primarily mentally. The amount of focus and attention to multiple processes can take its toll. I covered 7 miles walking during race day. The heat of battle is taxing. My primary recovery modalities:

  • Hydration -pre, during and after
  • Sleep leading up to event and day after
  • Nutrition – proper pre-event and post
10:00 – 12:00 – Reading the Sunday news from iPad in bed
12:00 – 3:00 – caught up on DVR and napped
3:00 – 6:00 – Reviewed notes and unpacked. Starbucks red-eye.
6:00 – 7:00 – after reviewing some new cookbooks, headed to Trader Joes for some weekly groceries.
7:00 – 8:00 – Primary recovery meal – I always pay attention to nutrition on day after races – Lean meat, sautéed mixed vegetables, blue cheese slaw, guacamole, strawberries/blackberries on coconut milk.
8:00 – Made some notes and outlined tomorrows schedule.
9:00 – Midnight – Played some video games, read some magazines, tweeted.
  1. Jos says:

    Ah yes… Recovery is key! I’ve certainly learned my lesson with work, and pushing yourself too hard. You’re mind and body can only take so much before it starts to give out on you! I like this post, most people overlook recovery and don’t think of the fact until it has reached a breaking point.

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