Getting ready for an Ironman was like taking on a job in addition to the two I already have. I think my home took the biggest hit. There were always clean plates and clean clothes but other than that, it was a constant tornado. It was a constant tornado of training as well. Coming back from such an intense race I began to think "now what".
After most half marathons I was back in the Crossfit gym by Wednesday, Marathons by Friday. It's been 2 weeks and I still haven't made it to the gym. A 3 time Ironman friend warned be, "be careful with your recovery, give yourself time to heal".
I took her pretty seriously.
Time...what a word. During the last 2 months of training there was almost no such thing. Eat everything, Little Sleep, Work, WORKOUT. After Ironman, there was finally time, time to play.
I finally took the time to order that AMAZING unicorn float I've seen and play with it in the pool. He's pretty awesome!
We finally had time to take a trip (less that 24 hours but still fun). We ferried out to Catalina Island for the day and enjoyed some beach/snorkeling time (sadly the unicorn didn't make it).
I've ridden my bike twice, swim class twice, and competed in my triathlon club's final Duathlon of the summer. I've also spent a lot of time in my Air Relax Compression sleeves.
One of the key components of my recovery would have to be this little gem I've found online. It's funny, my chiropractor even commented "I've seen your pictures, is it a tv you're looking at when you're working out?"
Rebecca Louise is amazing, she is like my own personal trainer. I found her youtube video's through my sister in laws recommendation. For a small fee a month (the amount of one Starbucks coffee) you have access to a playlist each day. There is about 40 minutes worth of workouts in one playlist that target specific areas of your body. My favorites are the Ab videos. She's the cutest and always has great workouts. They're very low impact yet extremely beneficial! Her videos on youtube are free and I use them almost every day. My favorite thing about these workouts is usually all I need is a yoga mat and I'm good to go. No need for a huge weight set or bands.
She's been a key component to my recovery and non-Ironman training days. Her videos are easy to modify on days I need to accommodate for sore muscles, as well as intense for days I really need to sweat.
I'd highly recommend checking her out. Links to her website and youtube channel are included in the above paragraph.
Is there anything you found that has been extremely helpful after your races??
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