Recovery Methods Leading Up To Kona

Kona is a different beast than any other race on the planet – we all know this and as athletes, we should remember to respect the course. It took me a few years to realize yet I have learned that I require a lot of preparation time before Kona to adapt to the heat, wind, and all the weather conditions you might be up against on race day. Knowing this fact, the past two years we have gone to Kona several weeks early to give ample time for my body to get used to the extreme heat. Because we are out here so early, I do go through quite a few workout cycles of large intensity followed by ones to flush out the system. The logical constant in all of this is the importance of my recovery to be able to maintain the strength of the workouts in this extreme environment.

The old adage goes, ‘It is easy to train but it takes discipline to recover’ is so very true when you are talking about triathletes in general. The reason a lot of athletes get into triathlon is because we all love to train, sometimes to a fault. It is engrained in our DNA to enjoy the preparation to race and it seems counterproductive to allow the body to recover; this means we are not working out which, mentally, is difficult to do. During the Kona lead up, it is imperative for me to force myself to take the time to properly repair your body which means mandatory down time is required.

How do I recover during the weeks leading up to Kona? It involves a lot of nutrition, hydration, TV watching time, family and friends, and the very trusty Recovery Pump system. We made the conscience decision, a few years ago, to live about thirty minutes away from the chaos of Kona during race week. My sister’s family and a few close friends have stayed with me along with our trusted bike guru. This enables us to remain grounded during the event so mentally, everything is not focused on triathlon. This is an enormous part of the race preparation and recovery so that I have down time to enjoy family and friends that are most important to me. Triathlon is my job – it doesn’t have to take over your life, even for a race as intense as the Kona World Championships.

After a long day of training, we are able to enjoy some relaxing moments conversing about life, playing with my nephew, cooking a leisurely dinner, and watching a good TV show. On intense training days, nutrition and hydration are a constant. After the morning session after the nutritional intake, it is immediately into the Recovery Boots. After the late morning, early afternoon session, it is nutrition and hydration, and then into Recovery Boots; you can probably pick up a pattern! After dinner, it is good conversation and then into the Recovery system to watch TV and catch up on emails; we just finished Damages and now are onto the show Suits! The theme here is nutrition, hydration and the Recovery system is as natural to me as brushing my teeth and washing my face before bed time – I do it without any thought because I know it is important.

During race week, we do need to go to Kona almost every day for obligations, the pro meeting, sponsor parties, and the racking of the bike. Sitting in the car for an hour plus is usually tough on the legs after morning workouts. However, I bring the Recovery system into the car, plug it into the car outlet using their adapter, and can enjoy an hour of active compression therapy for aggressive athletic recovery! I have said it before and I will say it again, even if I wasn’t working with Recovery Pump, it still would be a steady diet of my recovery. It is so important to my well being that I will use it even when I am done with professional triathlon racing and on the senior circuit!

It has taken me awhile to get comfortable racing in Kona and I am still soaking up knowledge to try to get better. My words of advice to age groupers is to not take the course for granted so your recovery leading up to the race is imperative for trying to reach your goals. Every little deficiency you have leading into Kona will show its ugly head on the run so you need to get yourself to the start line to as close to 100% as you can in order to reduce the deficiencies that will inevitably push through towards the latter stages of the race. My Recovery Boots help me get to that starting line which is half the battle in Kona! Good luck, keep calm, carry on (KCCO!) and I hope you all reach your goals!

-Meredith Kessler, Ironman World Champion

Positives from Setbacks

Professional Triathlete Kelly Williamson is our guest blogger this week.  

Learn how years of experience have changed her perspective on coming back from injury.  Something many athletes can relate to.  Gather a fresh perspective yourself and read on.

 

It is funny how experience (12 years) can change your perspective. I hear people talk about being stressed out from an ‘off day’ in training, or a small tweak to the body, and I just don’t see it quite like I used to. A few years back it always felt like the curse of doom, career-ending…and while I will still admit that it sucks to deal with setbacks, I now approach it more pragmatically. What is wrong, how can it be dealt with, and what can I do in the meantime. I’ve learned that every obstacle can (and often is) a motivator, and can make you a much better athlete; but it often depends upon your attitude.

 

The so called ‘injury’ I am referring to is something I dealt with last season. I had surgery in September, just two weeks after 70.3 World Champs, to fix an artery in my hip which had become ‘diseased’ so to speak. Honestly, I’d not even call this an injury but moreso ‘faulty wiring’. This was something that symptomatically came on gradually and was a bit of a puzzle to diagnose; I had no idea it was happening as it happened. Thankfully, I had the help of an incredible doctor at Memorial Hermann who diagnosed this very quickly; just one month after I first saw him. Given that it can take years to diagnose, I consider myself very lucky in this sense. I physically struggled through the year knowing things were not quite right, and while we were fairly certain this was it (endofibrosis of the external iliac artery), we got the ‘official’ diagnosis in September. I had thought long and hard about surgery, spent hours researching, talked to fellow athletes, done my homework; I knew I wanted to do this.  Once the surgery (and four days in the hospital) was over, it was back to Austin and onto the recovery process.

 

I have had a few other setbacks during my career; notably, a double compound fracture of my left arm in 2005. This was actually more of an interruption, as it entailed 3 surgeries in a 9 month time span. This current issue was unique in that they literally went in and replaced a small piece of my artery; the recovery was something I took extremely seriously, following the doc’s orders. Seeing that I am now 6 months post-op and about to start my 2014 season, I just wanted to highlight, in retrospect, a few important things I took away from my recovery process.

 

1)      Focus on what you CAN do. I was told ‘only walking’ for 5-6 weeks. And, walk I did. It started gradually, the week after surgery it was 2×15 min walks, very slowly. I built upon those to where about 3-4 weeks post, I was doing 2×3-4 mile walks a day, sometimes up to 6 miles at a time. I have always taken this approach to setbacks. There is almost always something you CAN DO… it’s best to focus on this, because if you dwell on what you cannot do, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Needless to say, I loved the walking; it was a perfect way to feel I had done something yet never feel over-exerted; a pretty refreshing feeling for someone used to training 20-30 hours a week.

 

2)      Patience & A Plan. While 6 weeks sounded like an eternity at first, I embraced the downtime and accepted that to be able to do what I loved, I chose to get this surgery; to make it effective, I had to be patient and respect the recovery. Additionally I created a ‘plan’ as to how to add other activities. This gave me something to look forward to each week; maybe I added light 5lb weights, or aqua jogging with a belt. It kept my attitude positive to know if I took small steps, I could see where I would be in 1, 2, 3, 5+ weeks.

 

3)      Embrace the rest. My husband may say otherwise, but I truly did enjoy the down time I was forced to take. I was so worn out physically, mentally and emotionally from the season and the toll this had taken. My body needed this rest, and the 6 weeks of only walking was likely the biggest ‘forced off season’ I have had in years. I’d like to think that will work in my favor as the season approaches, knowing I’ll demand a lot of my body for the next 8-9 months.

 

4)      Perspective. Funny how this can change so drastically given the circumstances. I did a 5k on my birthday, exactly 10 weeks post-surgery. It was a good minute slower than my best time. Did I care? Not at all. It felt amazing, and I was so incredibly grateful to get to do what I loved again, without feeling any pain. I’ve gained perspective in numerous ways over my career, but given that this was a fairly major surgery, I was just so thankful to be running again, reminded yet again to just be appreciative of the basic things.

 

 

We may not always why things happen when they do, or why they happen at all; but if we let ourselves accept them, step back, and see the larger picture, we often figure it out. This one just gave me one more good story (and scar) to tell people about; personally, I find that pretty cool. Life would be pretty boring without any scars to show.

Kelly H. Williamson

http://kellyhwilliamson.com

http://twitter.com/khwilliamson

 

“Handling More Load” A Must-read for Competitive Ironman Athletes

We have to give a shout out to Michelle Simmons for her unsolicited and honest review on the RecoveryPump system.  She covered our sentiments exactly in her latest blog titled “Handling More Load”, a must read if you’re curious about exactly how the RecoveryPump can help you, really.

There are a lot of products you need to compete in a triathlon: wetsuit, swimsuit, goggles, run shoes, nutrition, bike.  We all know that list is longer but you get the idea. So do you need the RecoveryPump system to compete? No. Will it improve your recovery time faster than any other at-home modality? Yes.

If you’re a competitive athlete, training demands combined with obligations in daily life will wear you down. It’s a cyclical effect and over time your body passes the point of no return. Without proper recovery, the work you’ve put in to your body can’t fully be absorbed. With proper rest and nutrition you’re on the right track but the reality is we can’t always get enough rest or always eat the right things, it’s just a fact of life.  The RecoveryPump jumps in here and offers a medically-proven, convenient way to recover the muscles and fatigue at home. No trips to the massage therapist, no scheduled appointments to plan around, no pit stops to the convenient store for bags of ice, just really serious muscle recovery where and when you need it.

RecoveryPump is revolutionizing the way serious athletes can recover at home, every day. With adequate recovery time you’ll reduce the risk of injury and be able to perform hard each and every day. This change in recovery can lead to better race times and peak performance because as Michelle puts it, you can “handle more load”.

Thanks again to Michelle for the great review and perspective many competitive athletes can relate to!

Train Hard. Recover Harder.

Featured Athlete- Tony Spineto Defies the Odds

Tony Spineto came to us in 2012 with pain. After numerous surgeries as a child to correct his condition know as “clubfoot”, Tony’s already overcome some of his biggest hurdles and has since accomplished things as an Ironman athlete the Doctors thought impossible. Due to his condition, Tony suffers from pain greater than your typical athlete.  His intense training sessions cause chronic pain in his feet, calves, thighs and hips- pain that’s had Tony rely on medication on a daily basis.  When Tony approached us about using the RecoveryPump to help reduce soreness, swelling and muscle fatigue we knew we’d be able to help.

If you’re looking for inspiration, read Tony’s story below. We’re thrilled to hear he’s had such success with the RecoveryPump and can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for him!

Tony & his son, who is also undergoing surgeries to correct his Clubfoot

 “I am a disabled athlete born with a rare foot deformity called  congenital talipes equinovarus, clubfoot. At birth both my feet where twisted backwards up into my torso. I had multiple surgeries that  did little to correct the deformity. The surgery made my feet look more cosmetically appealing if anything. My parents where told that I would be limited in any kind of movement let alone play sports. As a disabled Ironman athlete I am challenged with chronic pain in my feet, calves, thighs and hips. After each training session and racing Ironman events I need something more than convention medication to help me recover quickly. I started using RecoveryPump this year. I have noticed significant  changes in my pain and swelling after training and especially racing. I finished Ironman Arizona  this year and was impressed with how quickly I recovered using the RecoveryPump. In just a few short days I was up doing easy runs and cycling and it has been vital to my recovery and pain management.”

“I use the system twice a day before and after each training session. My favorite use of the RecoveryPump is to do a 45 minute session before my long runs so my legs and feet feel fresh and ready to go. Without RecoveryPump I would rely on pain medications to get me through the day so I’m thrilled to have something aid in my muscle recovery the natural way. Recovery Pump has provided the care I need for a quick recovery and solid race performance despite my physical limitations.” 

Follow Tony as he defies the odds:

www.clubfootathlete.com

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Nothing to Lose by Chasing a Dream

Okay so Kelly Williamson has had an incredible year, we can all agree to that.  Her performance at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship this year in Vegas is no exception.  She earned 2nd place among the top women in the sport after a season filled with lots of racing and lots of podium finishes:

Panama 70.3 (Latin American Champs)  February 12
2nd (4:19)
*Fastest Run 1:16.18*
 San Juan 70.3  March 18 1st (4:14) 
 Texas 70.3 (US Champs)  April 1 1st (4:13)
*US Pro 70.3 Champion*
 St. Anthony’s 5150  April 29 5th (2:00)
*Fastest Run 34:27*
 Rev 3 Knoxville   May 6 1st (2:01)
*Fastest Run 35:12*
 Rev 3 Quassy   June 3 6th (4:39)
 Muncie 70.3 (Shortened Course)  July 7 1st (2:10) 
 Hy Vee 5150 Championships
 September 2 6th (2:04) 
*Fastest Run 36:14*
 70.3 World Championships
 September 9 2nd (4:29)
*Fastest Run 1:23*

We cannot wait to watch Kelly battle it out again in Kona this October and take on what will inevitably be the biggest race of her professional career.  Whether you’re training with aspirations of one day making it to an Ironman World Championship race or you’ve already raced one this year, we’d suggest a spoonful of healthy optimism to get you ready…just read Kelly’s Vegas 70.3 race report here or anything on her blog for that matter, and you’ll find the true roots of success come from hard training and the deep founded belief that you really do have “nothing to lose by chasing a dream” as Kelly points out.  We are thrilled to have Kelly as one of our sponsored athletes and could not agree more.  Train Hard. Recover Happy…and chase dreams!

Know This Before You Buy

Thinking about buying a pneumatic (air) compression boot system to help with your training and recovery? Confused about what the differences are between competing brands?

Let us demystify the process and give you a few key attributes to look for when comparing brands including: sequence, pressure, sleeve design, portability, price & warrantee, Rx requirements and durability . We hope that you will choose RecoveryPump, but more importantly we hope you’ll begin to understand the differences between competing products and be able to ask other companies the right questions when you go out to compare!

Recovery Pump has been in the compression therapy business for decades.  We have evaluated EVERY pump made in the world, have been dealers for many of those products we tested and currently are distributors in the medical field for several manufacturers, including the line that is private labeled as the Sport Pump.

We chose the RecoveryPump system for the following reasons:

Sequence

  1. A quick cycle-time should be a key factor when comparing compression systems.  
  2. Look for a system that uses sequential compression, where each chamber in the boot stays filled as subsequent chambers inflate up the leg.

The RecoveryPump has a very quick sequence, just 30 seconds to fill the entire Boot.  The point is that the more cycles we can deliver during time spent in the Boots, the more effect the system has on your recovery. (It’s all about flushing waste out and replenishing the muscle, which has everything to do with how many cycles of “flushes” you get in per session.)  Also, the RecoveryPump holds a long application of compression during the cycle which increases the effect of the therapy dramatically. Maximize the number of cycles and significantly increase the application of compression during the therapy session results in the very best outcome for recovering muscle in the shortest time frame.

Pressure

  1. FALLACY- The more it hurts (high pressure/squeeze), the better it works. NOT TRUE!
  2. Look for a system that does not go above a max pressure setting of 80-100mmHg

RecoveryPump was designed to limit the pressure applied to the extremity to never have an effect on the delivery of oxygen and nutrients during the pumping action. Higher pressure than our maximum may have a detrimental effect on circulation and recovery. The clinical data verifies that 60 to 80 mmHg of pressure applied in a sequential manner measurably and significantly moves a large volume of blood in the veins equivalent to that of light exercise during active recovery session.

Boot Design

  1. Look for a three-chambered, foot compartment
  2. Make sure it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” Boot, custom sizes should be available. A proper fit will reach up near your hip, ensuring increased circulation of the entire leg and hip flexor region. 

RecoveryBoots have a unique foot design that applies pressure on the top and the bottom of the foot rather than on the sides alone. (Picture a triangle with compression from all three sides.)  This action activates the “foot pump”, an important component of returning blood and recovering muscle in the lowest part of the leg. The point is comfort and pumping action that relieves swelling and soreness starting at the toes. The Boots have a zipper closure that makes getting the Boots on and off super easy, no assistance required. (We know you’re busy!)  The sleeves have been custom designed to be sleek and to give athletes optimal fit based on leg length.  Check out our sizing chart below.

Portability

  1. If you plan on traveling with it, size and weight should be considered.

RecoveryPump is the smallest system of its type in the market.  Pump and Boots easily fit into a suitcase, backpack or carry-on.  The Boots fully deflate and fold into a small package.  All up, the system weighs less than 10 lbs. It is the most travel-friendly system on the market.

Price and Warrantee

  1. Buy what’s tested and proven medically to get the best bang for your buck. Any medical grade device will be more costly due to testing and approval processes medical devices must incur per the FDA. 
  2. Look for a company that warrantees the entire system (not just the pump) for at least 1 year.

We offer a Best in Business 2 year warrantee on the complete RecoveryPump system for defects and normal use. The price is very competitive for a FDA cleared, medical grade device designed to be operated 1000’s of hours, having done so in the medical markets. We also offer a 30 day 100% refund if you return the device for any reason.

Non-prescribed Device

  1. Avoid the hassle.  Look for a medical grade system that does not require a prescription from your Doctor.
  2. Make sure you choose an FDA cleared and tested, medical device and not an off-brand. If you are unsure, contact the company directly and ask who the manufacturer is.

The RecoveryPump does NOT require a prescription from your doctor to use or to buy.  The FDA cleared the RecoveryPump in December, 2011 as an Over-the-Counter device.

Durability

  1. Read customer reviews and make sure the system you choose can stand up to the demands of your travel/training/life style.

As a medical device used around the world, the durability of the RecoveryPump is unquestionably the best in class.  This device is designed to operate for many thousands of hours as most people depend on that level of quality and uninterrupted operation.  There are 10’s of thousands of these devices in operation worldwide with a minuscule number of failures.  The manufacturer stands behind their product like none other.

What About Heat/Cold Compress and Cryo Therapy? 

We chose to stay away from cold or cyro therapy as the data is very conflicted as to its efficacy for recovery.  Short duration exposure to cold, such as immersion in an ice bath, is good for stopping inflammation from accumulating. Cold applied on a prolonged basis will slow the recovery process because of constriction of the blood vessels and ultimately restricting blood flow.  Cold is good for injury as it will quickly slow the rate of fluid leaking into tissue but cold therapy does NOT help to evacuate the inflammation. After an injury, the application of heat is recommended to promote blood flow, open up the blood vessels and promote the healing process.  You would not use heat or cold as an every day treatment for muscle recovery as it is primarily used to treat injury rather than recover muscle. The RecoveryPump accelerates the natural process for recovery and reduces overall inflammation thus promoting healing while recovering the muscle via increased circulation.

We hope that this is helpful in your buying decision and that the RecoveryPump will be your choice for Rapid Muscle Recovery!

 

“Wow, what a recovery set I had today!”- Rebekah Keat

We were so surprised to receive Rebekah Keat’s blog review on our Recovery Pump system, we had to blog about her blog!

A lot of times we receive offers from athletes for product in exchange for a review, which somehow lessens the weight a reader may put behind the reviewer’s opinion. If someone received product for free, they’re more inclined to write a favorable review, right? A favor for a favor.  This is not the case with Rebekah Keat.  She purchased the Recovery Pump system from us about a month ago and was so excited about the product, she decided to tell people about it!

“To let you all know, this is not a paid commercial, nor am I sponsored by these guys. It’s just a great product, and I’m simply sharing this with everyone who is a friend and fellow athlete because I really do believe they work!” – Rebekah Keat

We loved the review because she’s made a couple really good points that are easy to forget when you’re grinding away in training: 

One is that recovery is often neglected, it’s not always incorporated into the overall plan. Often times it’s nutrition and “hitting the numbers”, as Rebekah points out, that are the athlete’s focus. You can train like that, but the body will eventually break down and force you to take the additional recovery time it needs.  By making muscle recovery as important as nutrition and hitting the numbers (that means using the Recovery Pump every day) the body is able to perform at high volume, week after week.

Gain fitness by using a tool that accelerates the body’s natural ability to recover muscle and fatigue.  Here’s how that works:  If the muscle is recovered, you can train hard because it’s less sore and fatigued, the body can take the demands you wish to place upon it. This means your output can be higher where it would normally (without muscle recovery) be fatigued and require less volume or intensity. Over time this can lead to increased fitness because the muscle is continually being replenished and prepped for another day of training.  We call it Rapid Muscle Recovery!

Two, the RecoveryBoots go beyond replenishing the muscle and offer massage which athletes spend thousands of dollars on a year. Supplement some of that massage time with the RecoveryBoots and use it when it’s convenient for you!

Thanks to Rebekah for such a fantastic review and we wish you all the best this race season and here’s to more people saying “Wow, what a recovery set I had today!” Recover Happy!

If you’re ready to take the challenge and incorporate muscle recovery into your every day plan, there nothing stopping you. We have a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and the best warranty in the industry not to mention customer service that can’t be beat.

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#lovethesqueeze

If you’re wondering what the pros are doing to gain an edge on the competition, you might be surprised to find that it’s not done on the bike, at the gym, in the pool or on the track. It’s done on the couch. Often while watching TV or surfing the net.  That extra edge comes from quality recovery time spent in the RecoveryBoots every day after hard training.

Recovery Pump has absolutely revolutionized the speed with which athletes can now recover muscle at home and they are wild about the effects it can have on training, including the ability to maintain high volume weeks with less risk of injury.

Instead of training on mega-fatigued legs, the Recovery Pump system forces the body to recover the muscle (much faster than passive rest) so the legs are ready to get out there for another day.  You’re able to push through workouts with less soreness and fatigue and over time you can see how this would effect overall fitness. The body is able to drive harder than it would on a fatigued and sore muscle that was not adequately recovered, therefore making gains in fitness due to adequate recovery of the muscle.

Kelly Williamson has been using the Recovery Pump system for over a year now and has made some serious gains in the time she’s been using the device. Take a few minutes to read her story and find out how she was able to incorporate the RecoveryBoots into her season and come out with some really incredible finishing results:

“After 10 years in the sport of triathlon racing as a professional, I have just completed the most successful season of my career. This season included 2 wins at the 70.3 distance and 2x 2nd place finishes including a PR of 4:12, a 2nd place at Ironman Texas in May (in a time of 9:07, which was a 29 minute PR), and PR’s in two open running races, a 5k in 16:48 and a half marathon in 1:16.59. Additionally, I completed 3 full Ironman events in only my 2nd year of doing Ironman. I started the season in January, completed it in November, and I got through the entire 10 months with zero training injuries.

 

The season kicked off in January with the USA Half Marathon National Championships, which coincided with my initial regular usage of the Recovery Pump.  I hit my run workouts very hard in January, including demanding sessions such as 10k of track intervals, 8 miles of tempo work and long runs up to 16 miles. I would sit in my recovery boots after each one of my key sessions, regularly, for anywhere from 60-90 minutes. Throughout this month, I not only hit the workouts, but I regularly exceeded the pace goals for each run workout (my goal paces ranged from 5:30-6 min/mile pace for speed and tempo work). I found that while I may come back the day after a hard workout with ‘heavy’ legs, every single time that I needed them to run fast, they were always there for me.

This routine continued for me into February through November, but of course I added into the equation very large bike workouts. A typical big training day looked like a morning swim session, followed by a 2.5-3 hour indoor bike session with 1.5-2 hrs of interval work, or a 3-4 hour outdoor ride in the morning, and finished off with either a speed run workout (such as 800s or 1 mile intervals at 5:20-5:30 pace) or a longer tempo run (6-10 miles at 5:55-6:10 pace). Despite some of the largest training loads I have ever done, I was always able to hit my goal power numbers on the bike and paces on the run; often times exceeding them. My regular Recovery Pump usage included sitting in the boots between my sessions, while also sitting in them for 1-2 hrs after my long bike rides (5-6 hours) and long runs (18-23 miles) on the weekends. It goes without saying, it feels great as well…icing on the cake…literally like a constant, steady pressure massage to the entire legs, from the feet up to the hips.

 

Being able to handle a higher training load, stay healthy and recover from these workouts allowed me to carry this new level of fitness into my competitions. I was fortunate to achieve the results mentioned above, to race frequently (I raced 6×70.3 events, 3x Ironmans, 1x Olympic distance, 1x Half Marathon and 2x5k’s, all in the span of 10 months), and most importantly remain healthy.

 

One of the times that the Recovery Pump played the most vital role in my training and recovery was when we spent 6 weeks in Colorado, training at altitude. Since I was without my regular massage therapist (who I see on average once every 1-2 weeks, just to work out tightness’ and potential tweaks, often in my back and shoulders as I deal with scoliosis), I relied on the boots to do the work that the massage had done for me… simply increasing my usage slightly to be sure that they were flushed out as needed. While training in Colorado, I raced Boulder 70.3 and was 2nd, in the middle of my Ironman Hawaii training, while posting the fastest run time by 4 minutes in a 1:21.10.

I give you times, places, etc because in short, I surpassed even what I had expected in the start of the season. I was able to lower my marathon run time in the full Ironman distance from 3:11 down to 3:03. I was able to post a 5:03 bike split at Ironman Arizona, the discipline with which is a constant struggle for me. Sure, hard work reaps success; but to get faster, you must train faster. To train faster, you must remain healthy and recover from each session adequately. I credit my regular, daily usage of the Recovery Pump as a huge reason that I was able to string together a long, successful, and ‘fast’ 2011 racing season. I truly cannot think of a better ‘recovery tool’ out there for anyone who is also training for marathons, triathlons, and more importantly Ironman… injury seems to be the biggest battle that we fight in this sport of repetitive movements and a lot of pounding from running. Additionally, you can use it in the comfort of your own home and it takes all of 2 minutes to set up and start using. I believe that routine usage of the Recovery Pump is a huge reason that I was able to toe the line for 3 Ironmans this year, and to top it off, post a 9:29, 9:12 and 9:07 in each one. I have to say, being in the off-season, I am kind of missing using it regularly! I may need to go and bang out a hard workout just to validate sitting in my boots. I owe a huge thanks to Recovery Pump for helping me put together the best season of my career to date, and I look forward to 2012. ” – Kelly Williamson

 

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Cunningham & Williamson Talk Panama 70.3 and Fitness Early in the Season

Both Kelly Williamson and Richie Cunningham have started the year off with a bang placing 2nd and 3rd (respectively) at their first races of the 2012 season with Ironman 70.3 Panama.  We wanted to  ask Kelly about her stand out performance on the run (actually beating Lance Armstrong’s run time with a 1:16:18)  and find out how Richie has come back so strong after his hip fracture late last season, placing 3rd in such a competitive field.

Kelly gives some great advice about taking some real rest and recovery time after each season, to be fresh both mentally and physically when it’s go time.

Recovery Pump  “Kelly, you’ve done nothing but improve over the past year and then you whip out a 2nd place and your fastest run in a 70.3  (1:16:18), beating Lance Armstrong’s run time at Panama this past weekend and your bike time is improving right alongside.”

“You seem to be “ripe” for racing very early in the season and we want to know the secret to staying healthy and being so fit this early in the year. Do you have any advice for those athletes looking to perform at their peak in an early season race?”

Kelly Williamson A ”Thanks for the nice words about my fitness. You don’t have to say that about my bike. It’s always a work in progress, and this past weekend, it was not too stellar! That said, it was a tough windy course and I made the best of it… just kept my head down and plugged along!

“It seems I often get this question early in the year. You know, I try not to over think it all. I think that when people say “I’m not fit right now” or “I don’t want to be fit yet” it’s kind of odd. I figure this is my job and almost every month of the year maybe barring December when I do not usually race any major triathlons, I should be fairly fit. I definitely do not make a plan to be at a peak fitness in February, but it seems that I often have good form right now. All I know is that once the final race finishes often in November, I take a good week of little to very light activity and the entire month of December, I allow myself to go totally schedule-free. I do what sounds appealing each day. Seeing that I love to be active that means that I take very few days totally off. I also race 5k’s in December because they are fun and I love to do them. Maybe that kicks up my fitness while still allowing my body to recover as it needs to do from the long season. This past year, I was not outside on my bike at all from Ironman Arizona (Nov 20) until January 4th, so all rides were indoors and no more than 45-90 minutes. That said once January starts, I often kick back into a schedule and resume some intensity but still keep the volume in check.”

I think that maybe part of what gives me the early season fitness is really recovering from the previous season (given those 4-6 weeks of ‘relaxed’ training) yet at the same time, I don’t ‘de-train’ because I stay active. I think the downtime lets my body adapt to the stresses which I placed upon it the past 9-10 months. Mentally it works really well for me. If I did nothing for 1-2 weeks, you’d not want to be around me! I would get grumpy and moody. I can’t sit still. I just try to listen to my body and do what it needs during the ‘off-season’. I do think that the mental and emotional break from routine is essential to remain healthy and motivated throughout the race season.”

Watch Kelly Williamson’s finish below!

 

On to Richie “Mr. Consistent” Cunningham. He tells us how his Doctor’s advice after a painful hip fracture last year and many hours in the RecoveryBoots, had him back on the podium faster than we’ve ever seen before.

Recovery Pump “Richie, not many athletes come back from an injury like you suffered in Germany last year (fractured hip) and attain the level of fitness and performance they had pre-injury. Often that’s a result of mental awareness and fear of getting re-injured but it’s also not always physically attainable. “

“What advice would you give to an athlete recovering from serious injury and what do you think helped you the most in your successful recovery and ability to perform like you did so early in the season at Panama 70.3 this past weekend?”

Richie Cunningham A  “I think there were a lot of factors that went into my relatively quick recovery and success in racing.  To start, I’ve always been really good at listening to my body and knowing how far I can push it. I got some good advice from the doctor I saw in Germany, which is probably a little different than what the average doctor would give a patient. For example, he was all about continued training, but without using my legs. For example, the arm bike machine you see at the gym. He told me that if I could do workouts on that, it will keep me fit on the inside, which would help maintain my weight and keep my fitness level up for when I could start training properly. Once I started riding after 2 weeks on the spin bike, he basically told me that as long as it was zero resistance and impact, I would be fine. Basically, my limitation and guide was my pain level. If it hurt, I had to stop or back off and that’s what I did in each aspect of the recovery and training. I tried water jogging after 3 weeks. It was still a little painful and uncomfortable to do that, so I took another week off before I tried again.”

“I think I was extremely lucky in that I was extremely fit before the accident, so I had a lot of fitness to lose before I got completely out of shape. I also did every little thing that I had heard about for faster recovery. I think Recovery Pump was one of the biggest factors of me recovering quickly. It certainly stimulated the blood flow around my hip, which is something I couldn’t do naturally, because I couldn’t exercise it. I spent 1-2 hours per day in the boots. I also took advice from my then sponsor, First Endurance and asked what the best bone recovery supplements I could take were. He advised me to take straight powdered glutamine. I also took calcium and shark fin powder.”

“Another big factor is that I’m a stubborn bastard. After the initial anger and disappointment from the injury, I saw it as a challenge to get back racing as soon as I could. I changed my end of season goals and made Phuket a major race. One I was running pain free, I really hit the training hard.”

Watch Richie Cunningham’s finish below:

We are thrilled to see Kelly and Richie racing so well and cannot wait to see how their 2012 season progresses. Both athletes have been using the RecoveryBoots for over a year now and  it’s exciting to see such talent and optimum recovery collide.

 

 

RecoveryBoots: If You Don’t Want to Buy One, Don’t Try One

We don’t mean that to be rude. In fact, we think Damon Taaffe said it just right, so we’re taking the words right out of his mouth (or blog). Damon’s reaction after trying out the RecoveryBoots at a recent Rev3 event has such a familiar tone, we couldn’t help but share his review.

Read Damon’s personal experience on using the Boots at home….of course he bought a pair, didn’t you read the title?

Damon in the RecoveryBoots, post 20 miler