Reflection is sometimes the best way to truly learn. Without looking back on what has happened, we don’t always realize what we have learned. While this is really for my benefit, it may also prove helpful to age-group athletes (especially those with pro aspirations) or just give insight into my first year as a professional triathlete.
Here are 10 lessons I learned during my first year as a pro (in no particular order):
· The exact amount of cals/hour to take in during the race (+/-200 cals doesn’t matter right;))
· Changing my nutrition setup in transition the morning of the race (yes this happened in Kona)
· Core workouts
· Fueling correctly before, during, and after workouts
· Aero…what’s that? I’ll just stick a water bottle in my loose jersey.
Here’s a short video that should help out some!
I use XRCEL for my liquid nutrition. It’s great because its formulated to not cause GI distress and your body will absorb more of it so you can race harder, longer. If you would like to try some or have any questions about it just contact me!
To give an example of what my recovery in my intervals is versus my HARD intervals it would be under 100 watts compared to over 300 watts or around 5 minute/mile pace versus 10-11 min/mile pace.
Some of my favorite recovery techniques are: go to my PT and get some muscle releases done and sit in his recovery boots for 30-60 minutes, go to my chiropractor and get my body back in sync and alignment, go to my massage therapist, read book with Emi or other family activity, roll out with a foam roller, and take one day OFF a week. HERE are some other pro’s recovery ideas: