THE IRON LADY: Battling through the injury scares
6:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Latest News
ATHLETES are funny creatures who are so attuned to their bodies that they know immediately when they’re harbouring even the slightest niggle.
A sore shoulder, a tight calf or a twinge in the hamstring might all be causes for concern - or nothing more than a tweak that disappears faster than it arrived.
I’ve had a few scares this week, but am happy to report they’re nothing more than that.
With the World Championship now just two weeks away, I am obviously keen to stay fit, healthy and injury-free and am working hard to do so.
Training has been particularly intense of late and it hasn’t been uncommon - this week especially - for me to make it back home from the pool, muster enough energy to make breakfast and then collapse into bed.
It’s often forgotten that it’s not actually the training that makes you fitter, but the adaptation to the body afterwards that brings about the benefits. So next time you push through the pain barrier, be sure to put your feet up afterwards.
When training this hard it’s vital to eat and drink plenty, as well as ensure adequate rest, sleep and massage.
Sports massage is never the pleasant, blissful experience most people associate with massage. It is usually a bitterly painful process that involves a lot of pillow biting, swearing and deep breathing.
Muscles get tight, sore and tired and the knots and tension that builds up as a result can take some working out.
Fortunately at my session this week my masseuse had plenty to entertain me with while torturing/treating me as she’d seen none other than a great white shark while out surfing locally a few days earlier. Given that I swim in the ocean twice a week, that was not a welcome story to my ears! Link Centre, anyone?
This weekend I’m racing at the Santa Barbara Triathlon - hopefully not in shark-infested waters - in a race which is a 90-minutes drive from my home in LA.
It’s a final tune-up race for me before the worlds on September 8 in Las Vegas, so it’ll be good to see what I have in the tank. I’ve been feeling good lately so am excited to go and give it a blast.
I’ll be back home for a few days and will then be heading to Vegas with my teammate and training partner. Our coach wants us to be training in the desert heat for at least 10 days before the worlds so that we are acclimatised come race day.
With temperatures possibly reaching as high as 42-45 degrees, we will certainly need to be at one with the sun.
Next time I check in for my Iron Lady column the race will be just a day away and I’ll be getting ready to rumble. See you then!
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