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How To Recover Faster From Your Tri Workout (Part Two)

In my last post Tri Workout Recovery, I talked about using stretching and self-myofascial release (or self deep-tissue massage) as tremendous tools to aid in recovery. I hope you’ve given them a try by now and found that they really do work! But there’s more to it, and since we are taking a holistic approach, as well as using anything and everything we can to help, let’s have a look at a few more great ways to help

Ice Down Directly After Triathlon Training Workouts

Speaking of medieval magic, here is also something nearly magical about ice when it comes to feeling better quickly. Ice is the most common treatment for acute swelling, soreness, pain and injury. Invest in a good, gel icepack from your local sporting goods store and put that thing to good use, or simply fill a Ziploc bag with ice cubes. Go ahead and plop in on a joint or muscle directly after activity (the sooner the better) to reduce inflammation. There was a time that I thought my shoulder was susceptible to injury, so I would ice it down after strength training workouts just to prevent the possibility. It really works.

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Diet And Nutrition Plays A Huge Part In Tri Workouts And Recovering Quickly

Most people – even athletes – don’t fully realize just how crucial healthful eating is for full recovery. The theory is really quite simple, however: When you train hard, your muscles and joints actually break down microscopically. If you don’t provide your body the building blocks to put itself back together it does the best it can, but you leave that system hogtied. So mound up the fresh, green vegetables on your dinner plate because they have the most micronutrients and antioxidants that not only rebuild and repair, but prevent cancer and heart disease, too. Why put so much effort into training without reaping the full reward? I know, I know… Twinkies taste better than broccoli.

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Don’t Over-Do it With A Tri Workout

If you don’t know it by now, overtraining can sap your health and endurance faster than a snowball melts in the microwave. And if you are anything like me, you think that more is better. Unfortunately, that’s not the case – even though there are days I’m dying to get out and train, it takes discipline to hold back and let my body rest. But letting your body rest is just as important for your triathlon training as doing an intense workout.

We hope that these tips will help you recover faster after your workouts and will also help you avoid injuries! Another great way to prevent injuries is to do some resistance training along with your cardio workouts. Check out our Triathlon Strength Training Program {coming soon} and don’t forget to stretch!

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Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →