Ironman Triathlon: The Recovery

On Saturday March 28, 2015, the Ironman 70.3 will return to it’s roots at Southern California at Oceanside.
The participants will swim 1.2 miles in the calm Oceanside Harbor. They will then cycle a total of 56 miles along the coast to San Clemente before dropping into the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The hills of the base will challenge the cyclists before they swing back around to the Oceanside Pier. The run portion, a half marathon, will start on the pier, turn to the beach, run through a residential area and finish at the ocean’s edge.
Thirty participants will put their training to the test and push themselves to the limit. As important as training is, recovery is just as important when maintaining optimal performance levels before, during and after the race.

Post Race: Take It Easy

Immediately following the race, you’ll still be psyched about your finish and ready for the next one, but remember to take it easy by just walking and possibly including a few short swims.
Two or three weeks after the race, keep your workouts light and limited to about 45 minutes. Taking it slow with light activity is the best way for your muscles to fully recover and heal. The light activity will increase blood flow to the exerted muscles which will also help relieve soreness.
A month or so after finishing your Ironman, you can start to ease back into more intense training while paying attention to your body’s signals.
This active recovery is just as critical as the training itself. Active recovery keeps your body limper and loose, helping you prevent injuries and pains.

Airrosti and Triathlon Recovery

If you’re feeling a little stiff after completing your Ironman or other triathlon, contact your local Airrosti provider! Your provider will do a thorough assessment to identify the underlying cause of your stiffness or pain. By identifying and treating these issues directly at the source, recovery time is quick and requires little to no downtime.
Our providers also teach their patients specialized recovery exercises to target any problem areas so that they can continue the recovery process at home. Utilizing recovery tools like the foam roller and lacrosse ball, patients can increase blood flow to the muscles which in turn increases mobility and range of motion, allowing for optimal training.
If you’ve been feeling stiff or if pains have been hindering your triathlon training, contact Airrosti today!

Photo courtesy: By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Moriatis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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