It is now early 2015 and the Northern Hemisphere ‘offseason’ for triathlon should be a time when athletes reevaluate what they did right and wrong the previous year. It should also be a period of reflection in order to keep improving to ultimately reach their triathlon goals. Did your coach steer you in the right direction? Did you listen to your coach? What discipline can you improve on? Do you need help with transitions? Were you properly recovered before big races or training sessions? There are always aspects of your triathlon to improve upon so I usually take one or two items and concentrate my efforts to make those incremental positive developments. Trying to master three disciplines can be overwhelming so take it one step at a time to not drown in the details.
My recovery method has evolved through the years and as my age has increased. It is a natural progression that your body requires more recovery as your intensity goes up and you get older; I am certainly not 25 anymore! The women are getting faster and faster in the professional and age group ranks so recovery is that much more important for all athletes. There were a few techniques and supplements I added to my recovery routine throughout 2014 that helped with consistency. There is no magic formula and everyone is different so try different techniques from trusted individuals and figure out what works specifically for you. For example, at the end of the year, I added Vector450 (http://www.meredithkessler.com/sponsors/vector450/) to my repertoire to improve recovery times and optimize my immune system. These small tweaks can make the difference between showing up at a race close to 100% and just showing up.
When I look at 2015, there are two important recovery innovations that I am excited about using with more frequency to benefit training and racing. The spectacular fact is the tools are from one of my longest partners of recovery tools – Recovery Pump! I started using the new RPX device late in 2014 and it was ‘aha’ moment for my recovery. I was completely satisfied using the older RPS system but I had no idea the small improvements that could be made to make it so much better for active athletes!
First of all, it is extremely light so traveling with the device is a snap. Those precious fifty pounds in your airline baggage just got easier to come under; with all the triathlon gear, you need all the extra pounds you can get. Even though it weighs less, it is just as powerful. There is an integrated hose system making setup very easy and the device also comes with a rechargeable battery so if there is no power source, you still can use the Recovery Boots!
The next innovation from RP is the new active compression garment called the Recovery Core. This gives you compression coverage of the upper leg, hips, hamstrings, and lower back; these are all muscle groups that can cause triathletes much grief. Although I have just started using the garment, I can tell already that it will be an integral part of my recovery process. The sequential compression cycles get blood flowing through all those tough to reach areas and body parts that can become extremely tight without a proper massage. These added improvements to the Recovery Pump lineup make it easy to continue to happily use and discuss their products!
Good luck with your training and racing in 2015! It’s a new year and new opportunity to reach your triathlon goals!
- Meredith B Kessler