Blog posts of '2015' 'May'

One on One with US Track Sprint Cyclist Nate Koch

“Hi my name is Nate Koch. I’m a track cyclist on the US national Team. I currently live in Long Beach, CA and training for the 2016 Olympics. I use the RecoveryPump Boots before, during and after a lot of my training. Its helps a ton.”

Tell us more about Track Cycling…

 “So track cycling is not to well known in America unfortunately. Basically the Velodrome is a 250 meter oval around and the turns are 45 degrees.  So there’s endurance races and sprint races and so my race is anywhere from 17 ½ seconds to about a minute and a half. So not so super long when usually people think about cycling they think your riding for hours but my stuffs pretty quick, very strength oriented. So not only are we going fast and our legs are moving fast but we are pushing really big gears to get up to speed. It’s a very unique sport. “         

What is a typical day like for Nate Koch?

“So usually every days a little bit different but a day like today I was up by 6:30am and then out the door by 7:15 to go to the gym. Lifted for about 1:30 hours, came home, sat in my boots for a while and ate some food. Now, just hanging out and then I’ll leave in about 2 hours to go to the track. Today I have acceleration so I’ll get up to speed and it’s just an all-out effort for about 12 seconds and I do 4 of those efforts. I have about 15 to 20 minute rest. So when I hop off the bike I like to jump in the boots for about 5 – 10 minutes and what that does is after my efforts my legs are really loaded up so hoping in the boots really helps flush everything out and I can feel a huge difference going from one effort to another and just not being as bogged down as I typically would be but feeling a little bit fresh. So in track cycling every 100th of a second counts. So I could see in my times too instead of doing time that are say 12.1 and effort I’ll be able to maintain closer to like 11.8, 11.9 instead of dropping off as much.”

What are your thoughts on the topic of Recovery?

“I know the faster you can recover the quicker you can get back into what you need to do and the better you can do it. So I’ve always held a very large importance towards recovery. I would always do it whether it was doing ice baths or cold showers or contrast showers, rolling out and doing all the different types of stimulations. When I found out about RecoveryPump I figured I needed to give it ago and try it out and see what kind of difference it made. Like any recovery thing I’m skeptical at first. It’s not really until you put it to use and find out the applications for that specific sport or activity you’re doing. So yes, I’ve definitely found out how RecoveryPump works best for me as a sprint cyclist and so I see it as a huge tool and extremely valuable no matter what kind of season I’m in.”

What is your protocol for using RecoveryPump?

“Usually I’ll use the RecoveryPump Boots up to 3 or 4 times a day. If I have time in the morning I like hoping in them for 15-20 minutes and just kind of getting the blood flow going while drinking my coffee and hanging out, then after that I use them during my workout so I don’t think there’s a lot of athletes out there that actually use the boots in workouts and during training. So I find with the efforts that I have to do that really helps keep my legs ready and refreshed. I can keep to that high intensity without falling off that much. So I like to put them on for 5-10 minutes and usually I keep the pressure as high as it can go. Just to flush everything out and be kind of aggressive with it. The at night it kind of depends on my schedule but sometimes I’ll sit in them for 30-45 minutes, other times I’ll fall asleep in them for close to 2 hours. It just all depends. I’ve never noticed any bad affects form staying in them to long at the end of the day especially. So, yes if I have the time to just lay around and hang out in them. It’s a nice excuse to not have to get up and do stuff.”

How do you use the Recovery Core?

“At the track I have both the RecoveryBoots and RecoveryCore and when I’m doing some efforts that are extremely painful and lock everything up usually when I’m doing those I’ll throw the Recovery Core on and that really helps workout my lower back, gluts and quads at the same time. I’ll stay in them a little bit longer in between efforts.”           

What is it like to travel with your RecoveryPump?

“Traveling with RecoveryPump has been easy. I’ve learned how to do it. Obviously the system itself is extremely portable and just fits in my carry on back pack with a bunch of other stuff which is nice. I’ve learned that I can take out the pump unit and put it in a bin along with my computer that way TSA doesn’t get skeptical about it. There’s been a handful of times were they just rip all my stuff apart and look through everything and then I go to the little black room and they start looking at the pump unit and its always been cleared. I never had any issues in the long run. Ever since I started taking it out of my bag and actually putting it in front and center, they just pass it right through. That usually is the easy way to do it. Well yeah , traveling with it, I mean I’ve had it and been able to use it once on an airplane that had a plug so that was pretty fun and people are walking up and down the aisles thinking what the heck is this guy doing. Yeah people are always looking at you sitting in the airport with the big boots and people come up and ask. It’s a good conversation starter. They are a lot of fun and very simple to travel with. You kind of just learn the in’s and out’s with the security and TSA and how they view it and what they think about it.” 

Would you recommend RecoveryPump to other athletes?

“Yes, obviously recommended it to other athletes as well as just people who are on their feet a lot and walking around a lot, just moving. I think the biggest reason to recommend it is like I said earlier the faster you can recover from whatever you’re doing the better your going to be able to get back at it and do it again the next day. So whether your any kind of age, group, athlete just looking to get the best results that you can get or if you’re an athlete that’s looking to be an Olympic champion or world champion, I mean it’s going to benefit you the same way. So that’s pretty cool that I can have a system that I use or that anybody can use that’s going to be beneficial regardless of your level of competition. It’s going to be a good thing for you!”

- Nate Koch, USA Track Sprint Cyclist


The Life of a Track Sprint Athlete

The 2015/2016 racing and travel season has started way sooner than I anticipated. After coming home from the World Championships in February, I was looking forward to a few months at home, training hard before I’d have to board a plane again. But it wasn’t long after my few weeks off I was on my way to Colorado Springs for a USA Cycling Track Sprint Camp in the middle of April, and now, I’m finding myself one week away from heading to Germany with that same group of athletes for two weeks of traveling and racing.  It’s a whirlwind of staying on my toes and being ready for anything, while also balancing the life of an athlete with that of an adult.  So, as my first blog post for RecoveryPump, I’ll take you through a whole season in the life of a track sprint athlete.

Like I said above, after the World Championships in Paris, I took some time off. But it wasn’t really. Landing back in the US Monday night, and one day on the ground, Wednesday morning I was back  to normal life, taking the dogs to the vet for checkups and shots (we have two huskies, 2 and 10 yrs., and one golden doodle, 7 yrs.), and by Friday, driving over to Wheelbuilder to get my new race wheels loaded up with Atomic High Performance parts, and ready for the next season. By Saturday I was driving to Scottsdale Arizona for a Personal Gold Film screening alongside the introduction of the Foundation for American Track Cycling. As a guest speaker, I actually found it fun to switch out the spandex for a dress and heels and promote both an incredible film and this generous foundation. The following week was a little easier. I did my first video interview with RecoveryPump, volunteered at my local velodrome for the Sunday time trial events, and then got the exciting news that I had been added to the UCI Medical Monitoring program for their BioPassport. Bobby Lea and I drove down to the Chula Vista Olympic Training center for the some blood work and physicals, and then it was back home. A few days after that, I worked alongside Woodway Treadmills and WattBike at the IHRSA Show in Los Angeles, before a road ride that ended up taking 2 hours longer than it should have kept me from attending it the second day.

And that was three weeks gone. It was time to start training again.

The usual schedule of track training, road riding, gym training, massage, nutritionist,  chiropractic, etc, was then back. I was a bit relieved to be honest! After coming off such a high from last season and the incredible things I had accomplished, I just wanted to get back to the strength and power phase of training that I had missed because of injury last year! 

Then I had the opportunity to be part of a USA Cycling video project with Universal Sports at the Velo Sports Center! Along with Sarah Hammer, Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch, Jen Valente, and Kim Giest, we rode around the track, did a few interviews, and had a blast! It was great to be back with the worlds crew, and hang out with our Olympic silver medalists from London 2012!

Alright! This brings us to April!

One of my most favorite things to do is mentor young kids. Running my mentor program (Missile Mentor Program), alongside the Lemonade Exchange gives me the opportunity to help in so many ways, and it feels as though I’m able to give just a small part of what has been given to me, back to the world. So, when I was asked to help run and organize a Junior day at the Encino Velodrome here in Southern California, I couldn’t have been more excited. We had a huge group of young athletes come from all over California and Arizona to take part, and it was an incredible few hours of learning for everyone.

And this brings us to the USA Cycling Track Sprint camp in Colorado Springs. With nine girls and six guys, one coach and an Olympic Training Center at our disposal. I haven’t had that much fun with a group of track sprint athletes in a long time. Throughout all the testing, snowstorms, “thunder-snow”, dirt path bike rides, and coffee shop stops, there was plenty of laughs and making the most of the situation. 

After two weeks, then it was back to Los Angeles, where I’ve been acclimating back to sea level and getting back into training the best I can before we leave for Germany in one week. While overseas we will take part in six days of racing, before I return to the United States for 5 more weeks away from home at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown Pennsylvania. 

The season is about to start! Here we go!

 -Missy Erickson, USA Professional Track Cyclist 


One on One with Professional Triathlete Hillary Biscay

"Hi, I’m Hillary Biscay. I am a professional triathlete who loves to race. I have done 66 Ironman races and the Ultraman World Championship. The Ultraman is a 320 mile race around the big island of Hawaii over 3 days. It comes out to over 2 Ironman’s in distance."

What is the typical day like in the life of Hillary Biscay?

"It is actually a little bit different this particular year because this year I am doing a lot more working with my athletes that I coach and with my clothing business SMASH, then I have in the past. So I can’t really say that I am doing a full, full, full training program at this very moment. My typical day when I am in big training would be to get up have some coffee and food. Do workout #1 which a lot of days would be the hardest session of the day. We try to get that done first so we have the most energy for that one. Unless we are intentionally trying to do a hard session tired which in that case would be the last. Get up and get that done and then have a sit and refuel. Very often I would sit in my RecoveryBoots after that while I’m working. During a training season, I would often have 3 training sessions per day. In between my workouts in the middle of the day, I may sit in my boots for like 20-30 minutes. Just a quick kind of session usually right before going out for the 2nd or 3rd workout because that to me just takes away some of the pain of warming up. It starts the process already while you are at home. Then at night when I’m like really camped out on the couch for the night, then I will go for longer and typically on a higher setting. At night time as well, night might be anywhere between 60-90 minutes. I have been known to fall asleep in the boots in which case it’s been hours in them to no detrimental effects!"

Do you use the RecoveryPump with the athletes you coach?

"For sure! Most of my athletes have invested in RecoveryPump now. We’ve been fortunate enough to have RecoveryPump demo units at our tri-camps each spring the past couple years. That’s a really intensive 4 days of basically nonstop training. For my athletes, It’s the time when their bodies are really tested and so it’s been a great place for them to be exposed to RecoveryPump for the first time because this is when they desperately need it and so most of them if they come to camp and have never used RecoveryPump before or don’t already have one, They leave and go right home an order one for themselves because they can really feel the difference they make after being under that kind of physical stress. So yeah, my kids are all or most of them are all on the memo with this and they have their RecoveryPump sessions. They just integrated it into their daily routine so that’s just become a no brainer for all of us now."

What kind of results are you getting with RecoveryPump?

"Definitely having the boots when I travel particularly to a race that requires a long hall flight has really been life changing. I do a lot of racing in faraway places. The last couple years for example when I went to Taiwan to do an Ironman, It’s really tough after sitting on a plane and traveling like 24 hours straight. My legs are like sausages and to be able to get to the destination and turn this on and have that kind of relief like an instant deflate to my legs. It really just helps me to bounce back from travel that much better which is crucial especially when for a lot of these far away races I will be landing and having to race within 72 hours."

What is it like to travel with your RecoveryPump?

"I always carry my pump on in my carry-on bag and sometimes the bomb detector people will do some crazy like swipe test and ask what it is but it has never been an issue."

Would you recommend RecoveryPump to other athletes?

"I recommend RecoveryPump to pretty much every serious athlete that I know. For all of the reasons that I’ve mentioned and just my personal experience with it and the difference that I’ve seen it make in my athletes recovery. So no one’s complained and everyone’s always thanked me once I’ve converted them to this routine because it definitely makes a huge difference in recovery." 

-Hillary Biscay

One on One with Professional Rugby Player Carlin Isles

What are some of your favorite accolades at this time in your career? 

"I play wing. Prior to that I ran track and field professionally. 10.1- 3 is my fastest in the 100th. High school, couple state titles. I was the fastest in Ohio in my state. Did football also. Did football and track in college, had a couple records in track and also in football for the longest kicking terms. That’s who I am."

What is a typical day like for Carlin isles?

"The typical day in the life of me is pretty heavy. I train Monday through Friday, sometimes 8 days straight. It is very intense, very tenacious. I start around 7 in the morning and get done 3:30-4 in the afternoon. So it’s a heavy day."  

What are your thoughts on the topic of Recovery?

"It is very important especially at a professional level. We have to be ready to train and compete and be the best you can be every day. If you’re not, then your training and things get set back. So for me what we put our bodies through is a lot and what our coaches are real adamant about is  recovery and things like that and that’s what’s number 1!"

How did you approach Recovery prior to discovering RecoveryPump?

"What I did prior to when I found RecoveryPump for my recovery, I was in the mix of a lot of things like stretching. I really didn’t know the best method to recovery because I just didn’t know. When I found RecoveryPump and the first time using those, I fell in love with them. So you always try trial and error more like went through a whole bunch of trials and recovery wise to get my body how I wanted too and finally found RecoveryPump and that’s when I knew it! I hit the sweet spot."

How did you find out about RecoveryPump?

"Man, I first found out about RecoveryPump in January of 2013. We had an event in Las Vegas and they were there. I saw all the New Zealander’s (you know they are #1 in the world) in there using them and then I saw the RecoveryPump and was like what’s this? My legs were feeling fatigue and so I went in there and I tried on the boots and then stayed in them for a long time and I loved them!"

What kind of results are you getting with RecoveryPump?

"ReccoveryPump how has it affected me? I use it every day. It has made my training scores go tremendously up. I’m able to compete at the highest level I’m supposed to everyday. Injury free. Thank God. So it helps with that I’ve completed the YoYo test. I finished it and nobody has ever in history. By using RecoveryPump, it has got my legs ready for the testing that we have to do because we have test to take to get ranked for World Standings. If your this and that it helps and my coaches hold me at a high level. And I was like theirs no way I’m gonna get that. But my recovery has been so good and has helped my legs so much that I completed the test. Nobody has ever done that before so big factors to it as far as that and staying healthy. I’m faster than ever so everything comes together by these boots here!"

- Carlin Isles, USA Professional Rugby Player